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On the riots:

  • Anger and madness are brothers. African proverb
  • A doctor who invoked a storm on his people cannot prevent his house from destruction. Nigerian proverb
  • Outside noisy, inside empty. Chinese proverb

On Antifa: 

  • Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes. Chinese proverb

On Revolution:

  • Don’t throw out the old pot until you have the tinker make a new one. Zimbabwean proverb

On toppling statues:

  • There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet. Chinese proverb
  • To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root. Chinese proverb
  • The dead add their strength and counsel to the living. Hopi proverb

On cancel culture:

  • A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood. Chinese proverb
  • If words fail no others will avail. Zimbabwean proverb

On redressing the past:

  • You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

On pushing Americans too far:

  • Even a hare will bite when it is cornered. Chinese proverb
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  1. RightAngles Member

    You should be a contributor.

    • #1
    • August 9, 2020, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor

    What an astute and clever OP, Richard! Although I hope the last quotation is understated. I think ultimately all hell will break lose. Nicely done!

    • #2
    • August 9, 2020, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  3. Django Member

    I read is was a Swahili proverb and I liked it because it reminded me of what I frequently dealt with: The daughters of lions are lions too.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 1:27 PM PDT
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  4. Randy Webster Member

    Richard Fulmer: Even a hare will bite when it is cornered. Chinese proverb

    Jimmy Carter knows all about that.

    • #4
    • August 9, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    Of course there is wisdom from other cultures. One benefit of Western Civilization is that it’s not afraid to learn truth from other sources. If the current crop of 30 and younger citizens would realize this (sometimes against what they’ve been taught), they wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the ideas from Dead White Males.

    Great job, Richard!

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    • August 9, 2020, at 2:25 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Richard Fulmer:

    On pushing Americans too far

    Even a hare will bite when it is cornered. Chinese proverb

    I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.—Admiral Yamamoto (maybe)

    • #6
    • August 9, 2020, at 4:27 PM PDT
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  7. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Richard Fulmer:

    On pushing Americans too far

    Even a hare will bite when it is cornered. Chinese proverb

    I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.—Admiral Yamamoto (maybe)

    Awakened a sleeping giant rabbit?

    • #7
    • August 9, 2020, at 4:32 PM PDT
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  8. Arahant Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    Awakened a sleeping giant rabbit?

    A púca could be bad news for them.

    • #8
    • August 9, 2020, at 4:39 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  9. TBA Coolidge

    I love these. 

    Might I note that part of the reason I love them is that they are ‘exotic’ in that they are new and foreign. What sounds like ‘dumb stuff your grandparents say’ in my country always sounds more interesting and novel – not to mention eternal and wise – when it comes from elsewhere. 

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    • August 9, 2020, at 4:41 PM PDT
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  10. Arahant Member

    A lot of those Dead White Men were Middle Eastern Brown People, by the way.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 4:43 PM PDT
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  11. tigerlily Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    You should be a contributor.

    He posts way too often to be a contributor.

    • #11
    • August 9, 2020, at 4:54 PM PDT
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  12. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I heard Dead White Men open for Soundgarden in Phoenix in ’88.

    • #12
    • August 9, 2020, at 5:12 PM PDT
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  13. Jules PA Member

    You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

    My favorite from your list. 

    • #13
    • August 9, 2020, at 7:23 PM PDT
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  14. Randy Webster Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

    My favorite from your list.

    Is that the same as “The military is always fighting the last war?”

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    • August 9, 2020, at 8:49 PM PDT
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  15. Arahant Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

    My favorite from your list.

    Is that the same as “The military is always fighting the last war?”

    Or, closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.

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    • August 9, 2020, at 10:41 PM PDT
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  16. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

    My favorite from your list.

    Is that the same as “The military is always fighting the last war?”

    Or, closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.

    Or you can’t step into the same river twice.

    • #16
    • August 10, 2020, at 4:23 AM PDT
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  17. TBA Coolidge

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. Ethiopian proverb

    My favorite from your list.

    Is that the same as “The military is always fighting the last war?”

    Or, closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.

    Or you can’t step into the same river twice.

    They all come off like a Polonious drone by comparison. 

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    • August 10, 2020, at 12:42 PM PDT
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  18. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Cultural appropriation.

    • #18
    • August 10, 2020, at 12:46 PM PDT
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  19. Flicker Coolidge

    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    Cultural appropriation.

    Yes. You can’t say anything because you’re white. And you can’t quote any other group because they’re not your group. Very clever these segregationists.

    • #19
    • August 10, 2020, at 1:51 PM PDT
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