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If you are afraid, change your way.

Gifts make slaves as whips make dogs.

May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.

Summer is the season of inferior sledding.

It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

May your charity increase as much as your wealth.

Too many Eskimos, too few seals. [Ap 183]

We borrow the earth from our children. [Mod]

Those who know how to play can easily leap over the adversities of life.

Unless you're the lead sled dog, the view is pretty much the same.

You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.

When the snow melts you'll see the dogshit.

Once one has been bitten by a bear life is never again so sweet.

To know where you are going, you first have to know where you have come from.

A Quotation

I am proud to be an Eskimo, but I think we can improve on the igloo as a permanent dwelling. [Abraham Okpik, in Cohen and Cohen 1992]


Inuit proverbs, Literature  

The proverbs are from a variety of sources. One of them is edited by W. Mieder:

Mieder, Wolfgang (main ed.), Stewart A. Kingsbury, and Kelsie E. Harder: A Dictionary of American Proverbs. (Paperback) New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Cohen, J. M., and M. J. Cohen. The New Penguin Dictionary of Quotations. Rev. ed. London: Viking, 1992.

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