PROVERBS – Italian

Teeth placed before tongue give good advice

In buying a horse and taking a wife, shut your eyes an commend yourself to God

Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle

There is no need to bind up one’s head before it is broken


Proverbs – Arabian

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody animal.

Better a hundred enemies outside the house than one inside.

Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.

A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog travelling with good men becomes a rational being.


Liberty then, about which so many volumes have been written, is, when accurately defined, only the power of acting – Voltaire

Abstract liberty , like other abstractions, is not to be found. – Edmund Burke

Political liberty is good only insofar as it produces private liberty. – Samuel Johnson



Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. – Aristotle

Democracy … is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. – Plato

Party is the madness of the many for the gain of the few. – Alexander Pope

Were there a people of gods, their government would be democratic. So perfect a government is not for men. – Rousseau