Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Proverb of the week III

Although there are plenty of great proverbs in the canonical text, this week I've picked one from the rabbinical writings:

If a man calls you an ass,
         the best way is to take no notice of it;
     but if you are called so by two or more persons,
         take the bit into your own mouth.

- from Genesis Rabba (a 5th/6thC Jewish Midrash upon Genesis)


Anonymous said...

I heard a great Indian proverb:
“Call on God, but row away from the rocks”


byron smith said...

Yes, that one is similar to Oliver Cromwell's advice to his soldiers to "Trust in God, and keep your powder dry".