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THE WISDOM OF SURAK
AND OTHER SURAKIANS
Paul of Tarsus:
"Show perfect courtesy toward all men."
"Give a hearing to the poor man, and return his greeting with courtesy."
>Pulau na'vathular k'nuhk. Nar-tor pulaya s'au k'ka'es- k'el'rular tun-bosh<
"Reach out to others courteously. Accept their reaching in the same way, with careful hands."
"There is one radical distinction between different minds ... that some minds are stronger and apter to mark the differences of things, others mark their resemblances."
>Ma etek natyan — teretuhr lau etek shetau weh-lo'uk do tum t'on<.
"We have differences. May we, together, become greater than the sum of both of us."
"Rather, fear God! Indeed I know that it shall be well with those who fear God."
"Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be."
"Thinkers are scarce as gold, but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, pursues it uninterruptedly and fearlessly of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size."
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Fear always springs from ignorance." "He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."
"Fear not death's decree for you; remember, it embraces those before you, and those after."
"Should you speak sharply to a friend, fear not, you can be reconciled."
"Small stones lying on an open height will not remain when the wind blows; neither can a timid resolve based on foolish plans withstand fear of any kind."
"Fear is nought but the surrender of the helps that come from reason."
>Dakh pthak. Nam-tor ri ret na'fan-kitok fa tu dakh pthak<.
"Cast out fear. There is no room for anything else until you cast out fear."
"Who sees all beings in his own self and his own self in all beings, loses all fear."
"A resolve constructed with careful deliberation shaken in a moment of fear."
"Fear is proof of a degenerate mind."
"All the talk of history is of nothing almost but fighting and killing."
"What is to be gained by killing our brother?"
"Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust all your foes, but if you quell your own anger your real enemy will be slain."
>Vah mau vah tor-yehat ri stau. Kup-fun-tor ha'kiv na'ish du stau?
Dom nam-tor vohris nem-tor ha'kiv<.
"As far as possible, do not kill. Can you return life to what you kill?
Then be slow to take life."
"Logic works; metaphysics contemplates."
>Nam-tor Olozhika kluterek t'sha'sutenivaya- k'ish she-tor etek
s'nezhak-isan utvau vah sha'kakhartayek.<
"logic is the cement of our civilization with which we ascend from chaos,
using reason as our guide."
"The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic."
"Logic is the art of convincing us of some truth."
"A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him."
"Do nothing without counsel, and then you need have no regrets."
"Everything is chosen to satisfy a need."
"From a friend in need of support no one need hide in shame."
"Keep your promise, be honest, and you will always come by what you need."
"Say not: What do I need? What further pleasure can be mine?"
The universe lives and abides forever; to meet each need, each creature is preserved."
"The works of God are all of them good; in its own time every need is supplied."
>Spunau bolayalar t'Wehku bolayalar t'Zamu il t'Veh<.
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few -- or the one."
Wisdom "adds to nobility the splendor of companionship with God."
>Shiyau thol'es k'thorai ri k'ahm<.
"Nobility lies in action not in name."
"Should the anger of the ruler burst upon you, forsake not your place; for mildness abates great offenses."
"We will not punish a man because he has offended, but that he may offend no more."
>Nam-tor ri thrap wilat nem-tor rim<.
"There is no offense where none is taken."
>Tilek svi'khaf-spol t'vathu-tilek svi'sha'veh<.
"The spear in the other's heart is the spear in your own."
"Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth."
"Can there be peace between the hyena and the dog? Or between the rich and the poor can there be peace?"
"Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many."
>Variben veh sochya kuv nam-tor vah goh yut ha-tor<.
"He talks peace, as if it is the only way to live."
>Ri klau au ik klau tu.
"Do no harm to those that harm you.
Nufau au sochya- yi dungi ma tu sochya<.
Offer them peace, then you will have peace."
"Cast your bread upon the waters; after a long time you may find it again."
"He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done."
>Nam-tor wak vah yut s'vesht na'fa'wak heh pla'rak.
"Time is a path from the past to the future and back again.
I'wak mesukh-yut t'on<.
The present is the crossroads of both."
"More weighty than wisdom or wealth is a little folly!"
"When I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind. For in much wisdom there is much sorrow, and he who stores up knowledge stores up grief."
"The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner."
"Wisdom is a better defense for the wise man than would be ten princes in the city."
"He who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is their hope, fruitless are their labors, and worthless are their works. Their wives are foolish and their children wicked; accursed is their brood."
"If riches be a desirable possession in life, what is more rich than Wisdom, who produces all things?"
"Into a soul that plots evil wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin."
"Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of men?s desire; he who watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate."
"Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion, and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity."
>Ri vath kau eh ri vath rok nam-tor na'etek hi etek kau-tor<.
"There is no other wisdom and no other hope for us but that we grow wise."
>Eik-veshtaya to'ovau kau-lu eshtaya ri glazhau goh na'kastorilaya t'kashan<.
"Wide experience increases wisdom, provided the experience is not sought purely for the stimulation of sensation."
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