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Salvador Dali gave at least one of the world's shortest speeches. He said "I'll be so brief I have already finished," and then sat down. [Cf. Edward O. Wilson]

To speak kindly doesn't hurt the tongue. [Proverb]

Knowing is not as good as loving; loving is not as good as enjoying. (Chinese)

It can be wise to apply the oil of gentle and savoury speech so as not to hurt one's listeners and family.

Luck, Study, Power and Control over People

Being in luck is good, but may work for bad in a wider picture, and the other way round.

A Wider Picture

There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. On hearing the news, his neighbours came to visit him.

"Oh, such bad luck," they said, full of sympathy.

"How do you know it is bad luck?" the farmer said.

Next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three wild mares.

"How wonderful," the neighbours exclaimed.

"How do you know?" replied the old man.

Next day his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown off, and broke his leg. The neighbours again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

"How bad," they said.

"Maybe," answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army, which was bad, and which few survived. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

"Maybe," said the farmer -

European Twist: "Good news and bad news"

A man reported his wedding to a friend.

"Good news!" responded the other.

"She was a shrew," continued the first.

"Bad news!" said the friend.

"With her dowry I bought a house," continued the first.

"Good news!" congratulated the friend.

"The house burned down," replied the first.

"Bad news!" said the other.

"Not all bad," said the first, "for she burned up with it!"

[This is one of the formula tales of European folklore, given the AT motif number 2014A - in Ashliman 1987:310-11]. Also compare:

I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't. [Patrick Murray]

Words on Luck

Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words; This is good luck. [Buddha]

There are many forms and facets of luck. One is supposed to make the best out of it. Compare: "Maybe I'm lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction [Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant, English author and cartoonist, 1933-]"

In deserts, owning a good well brings good fortune. In the water, finding dry land may be favourable too.

To improve or enhance your winning streaks, learn to ascertain in advance of undertakings. Try to find out whether or how far what you're occupied with, can become a non-brittle source of nourishment. There are many sorts of nourishment.

Essential, proverbial wisdom tries to establish practical outcomes.

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. [Isaac D'Israeli]

To develop a new approach consumes time and effort and perhaps human resources and goodwill. If you research or study things, you may not go ahead and earn much money. But around the corner, maybe study and research pays off.

Luck can be of many sorts. What is termed luck depends on this and that, but luck is far more than an attitude. It yields benefits. Let no one fool you from your assets and great benefits.

Preserving good knowledge may yield some benefits too.

What is luck or not may baffle some. In a large, crowded city, good luck may involve moving out of it, or at least above the smog.

Luck is hardly had by pretences.

Shallow thinking can be quite dangerous if it leads to falling moral and lack of contact with good old friends and what most people benefit from.

Knowledge favours power. Some in power exploit others, humans, animals, plants and the soil itself, and many, many adapt to them by working beneath such ones.

A new approach to things may be taken over by greedy ones - that can be a problem. Should handy know-how be kept away from greedy directors, then? Maybe and maybe not.


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Ashliman, D. L. A Guide to Folktales in the English Language. New York: Greenwood, 1987.

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