An Arab woman without a veil will throw her skirt over her head rather than leave her face exposed.
Cleopatra had the floors of the royal apartment covered with a layer of rose petals for her first meeting with Mark Anthony.
A bookshop owner selling obscene books would not look inside the books because she did not like that sort of thing.
The rising price of cattle in an African nation was once caused by the high price of brides in heads of cattle.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil, in its worst state an intolerable one. (Tom Paine, pamphleteer)
Corruption – the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. (Edward Gibbon, historian)
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. (Edmund Burke, statesman)
The king is not the nation’s representative, but its clerk. (Robespierre, revolutionary leader)
An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad for the commonwealth. Sir Henry Wotton
Freedom is the recognition of necessity. Spinoza
Law is a bottomless pit. Arbuthnot, Scottish writer
Faction is to a party what the superlative is to the positive. Party is a political evil and faction is the worst of all parties. Viscount Bolingbroke
Where there is no might, right loses itself
Peace with a cudgel in hand is war
Where the iron goes, there goes the rust
He that would speak the truth must have one foot in the stirrup
Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of
Necessity never made a good bargain
You can bear with your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards
Ten men, ten minds
The tongue is more to be feared than the sword
Life is for one generation, a good name is forever
Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a car
The hand that gives is above the hand that takes
Remember, two watermelons cannot be held under one arm
Be thine enemy be an ant, see in him an elephant
He became an infidel hesitating between two mosques