Notes from Lapta, Cyprus – Proverbials by Ken Dunn

It’s interesting to note that normal human beings, the world over, have very similar notions of how to behave with and to each other. Proverbs are a good example. Take any nation and their proverbs reflect this. Here is a very small list of some of them. There are many, many more but the important point is that there are 10 from Turkish sources and 10 from Greek sources. Given the present situation of Cyprus in general I do wonder how many Cypriots would recognise which ‘side’ each one comes from.

One minute of patience, ten years of peace.

The dog that barks does not bite.

A person’s character is revealed by their speech.

You harvest what you sow.

Kindness begets kindness.

A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not.

The tongue has no bones, yet it breaks bones.

One who sows the wind will reap the hurricane.

All things good to know are difficult to learn.

Reversing losses at whatever point is a profit.

Even from a foe a man may learn wisdom.

A dog that intends to bite does not bare its teeth.

Live today, forget the past.

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.

The worst deaf is the one who doesn’t want to hear.

What a man suffers is the punishment of his tongue.

The liar gives birth to a liar, until they become a generation of liars.

He who does evil to others does evil to himself.

Anger takes out your eyes.

A small key opens big doors.

Well, even though ‘which is which’ might not be easily determined what is worth saying is that they all deliver basic commonsense, something which seems to be substantially missing over the ‘Cyprus Problem.’

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