The unvoiced thoughts and ideas of a septegenarian.


on February 13, 2012

Adages and proverbs intrigue me.  They often  are subtle and they often reflect those things a particular culture values.  Here are a few that are Yiddish in origin. I’ve never been able to find anyone who can satisfactorily explain the last one. Can you?


A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams

A wise man hears one word and understands two

On a beautiful person it’s good to look. With a smart person it’s good to live.

A table is not blessed if it has not fed a scholar.

If god lived on earth people would break his windows.



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