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A ligure is a precious stone. This page contains topical, proverbial sayings and proverbs. Some may be interpreted in different ways and along different lines.

Absence ☼

1. Many higher sides of man become absent if much unminded, brutalised or degraded.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but don't stay away too long. (A)

He is more easily found guilty who is not at home. (Cf. B)

Unminded, unmoaned. (B)

2. Mice know much in their locations, neat cats a lot more.

Absence of body is better than presence of mind in time of danger. (A)

3. The mouse breeds too, and ever so often.

Well loves the mouse that the cat's out of the house.

So

It is essential not to become unmindful or deeply unaware. Cats know and live it.

The increase of hospitals often reflects less health around, and a huge amount of laws spell much strife that is not good. Do as best you can.

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Adversity ☼

1. Misfortunes may use your old foes to no good ends, or the other way round.

Ill luck can be good for something. (Cf. B)

Don't compete with the great or you harvest their hidden adversity.

Woes unite foes. (B)

It could be easy to bear the misfortunes of others. (Cf. B)

2. Adversity often make us wiser if we donít fall too bad from our horsebacks.

Adversity makes strange bedfellows. (Or misfortune, politics, and poverty - Shakespeare) (A)

Adversity often makes us wiser, and too late. (Cf. A)

3. Be linked to one touchstone of friendship and hope there are many more.

Without a sound id life you cannot thrive. (9)

So

Ill luck can be good for something, and ought to be resolved the sooner the better. Buddha and Sanatan Dharma shows who our real friends are, if any.

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Advice ☼

1. Outstanding counsel should not be despised in front of the act.

Fit counsel is mainly to be followed, not praised. (Cf. B)

Ill counsel at times mars all. (B)

Night is the mother of counsel. (B)

The best advice is often found on the pillow at night. (Cf. B)

Good counsel is cast away on the self-conceited. (A)

Take heed is a fair thing. (B)

Counsel is irksome when the matter is past remedy. (B)

Advice often comes too late when a thing is done. (Cf. A)

2. Awkward counsel can make you beheaded by certain women.

Anger and haste hinder good counsel. (B)

Many tend to offer advice rather than practical assistance to someone in an unpleasant situation. (Rosalind Fergusson)

The counsel you would have another keep, first keep it yourself. (B)

3. Regular, much similar counsel may reach more or less fixed prices -.

Counsel is no comment. (9)

Some forms of advice are not so popular things to give. (Cf. A)

So

Those who need advice the most, may be the least likely to take it. For all that, good advice should precede the sensible act when most needed - even though it may not be popular among fools. Anyway . . .

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Ambition ☼

1. Much cognitive development is had from medium ambitions that get welcomed in the tedium.

Great and smart ambitions can make great men. (Cf. A)

There's very often room at the top. (Cf. B)

Nothing seek, nothing find. (B)

Ambition is the last infirmity of noble ones. (Cf. A)

2. Keep abreast and often find your sensible, far-sighted ambition ridiculed.

Faulty ambition makes people work all too long and hard. (Cf. B)

3. Wading in a great river, it doesn't help to long for Rome and feel much puffed up.

Wading in a great river, take heed lest you be drowned. (Cf. B)

So

Some work too long and hard and wear themselves down, spurred by many inner lacks.

Consider the benefits of decentralised living nowadays.

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Anger ☼

1. Beware of making cruel men angry, for they can maim and kill without any right.

Anger frequently ends in cruelty. (Indian)

A hungry man may not rise to be an angry man if he starves. (Cf. B)

Anger has no eyes. (Indian)

Beware of him who is slow to anger; he is angry for something and will not be pleased for nothing. (A)

Anger thwarts many a healthy counsel. (Cf. B)

Fire can be kindled by bellows; anger by words. (Cf. B)

When a man grows angry, his reason rides out. (B)

Anger often consumes what goodness husbands first had. (Cf. Icelandic)

2. Avert much anger and more guests might come your way.

That a guest may anger another guest, can breed silly strife for long times to come. (Cf. Havamal, verse 32 on barbaric conditions)

3. Thwarted frivolity goes hand in hand with sound anger that may herald much debased self-esteem later. Then wit mars.

From what you do in hate and anger you may not live to rise again.✪ 

So

Seek to deal with anger tactfully. At times it might work.

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Anticipation ☼

1. One should try to minimise anticipation till the ship is about to come in somehow.

Count nothing for sure till you see it taking place.

Look for the best, and expect the worst in the right way, so that it may not happen. (Cf. A)

There is sound anticipation and unsound anticipation. It makes a difference to know which is what.

Gut no fish till you get them. (B)

2. The witless cat must expect a lot from the blacksmith who owns him.

The witless one who plays with a cat must expect to be scratched.

3. Hold on and sell the skin at last, after the death of another.

Don't sell the skin till you've caught the bear. (B) (7)

So

One may expect soundly based on what good a thing might do if given a fair chance to flower and set fruit.

Much could go differently with well based expectations, and one may get fruits too.

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Healthy Teens ☼

There are references to two books by Rudolf Steiner on adolescence below. They are recommended.

1. The glad and frivolous teenager mind needs its own peculiar satisfactions to stay alive and healthy.

Whenever you are sincerely pleased in youth you must be nourished (cf. Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Successful youth is neither a retreat from living, nor a period of unsound repression of natural instincts.

Youthless ones can have very few virtues (cf. Abraham Lincoln on vices).

Savoury youthfulness could be a secret cure of satiety.

Rashly going to bed without being married may mean outsmarted.

Nice puberty makes us poetry-bent.

Teenage is for overcoming such as unsound awe and unsound, sleepless vigilance.

Many a man's youngster sides have at first been noted as manhood running a little wild.

The glad and frivolous teenage mind is naturally attuned to many a fine cream soup.

Teenage as an impulse-giver has without doubt been of far more benefit to changing civilisation than stupendous modesty.

Brittle folks seldom and never speak up for those youthful likings that bring vital sex partners.

Teenagers's lustful frivolity could well be the rich man's essential contribution to some sort of democracy.

When the astral body becomes free at puberty, forces are released . . . When it happens and it has not been possible to awaken much interest in the world-riddles, then these energies change into two instinctive urges: first into delight in power, and second into eroticism. - Rudolf Steiner, Observations, p. 10, abr)

To make teenage pleasant is the art - maybe much exasperating, but still incredibly handy.

By offending many healthy teenage outlets we become humourless; by repressing them we become dracula-like, or reformatory - free from the sensual perfume of life; maybe poisonous to be with.

Some delights and pleasures start off at teenage.

2. Teenage is often misled and bonded to many ensnaring and untrue ideas.

Whereas power leads man toward arrogance, teenage reminds him of many gross and minor limitations. But teenage also reminds him of the richness and diversity of the opposite sex somehow and may cleanse a lot. (Cf. John F. Kennedy on poetry).

Teenage can bring about healthy unions of body and mind in different ways.

Teenage may be fit for being true and make it with meagre arrogance too.

At puberty the astral body becomes free. Now the young person begins to form the power of judgement. Something else is even more important. The human being at this time is not yet suitably equipped to observe the outer world in an objective way. But the way in which he faces the world is of a beautiful, idealistic disposition. - Rudolf Steiner, Observations, p. 22, abr)

Teens show tough ado (cf. Paul Engle on poetry)

Think with the wise, but talk with teenagers all the same (cf. Greek proverb).

You won't find it in the Bible, but see if it does not fit: "Fit puberty is mine, says the Lord" - and created humans in his likeness - image.

3. Who wants to follow suit, must nor shrink from a healthy teenage.

The chief damages created by modern civilization arise primarily because people are far too concerned with themselves and do not usually spend the larger part of their leisure time in concern for the world but busy themselves with how they feel and what gives them pain... And the least favorable time of life to be self-occupied in this way is during the ages between fourteen, fifteen, and twenty-one years old. - Rudolf Steiner, Observations, p. 11, abr)

Crass puberty can make a human ashamed of himself or herself.

The teens do not have to be so very mean when there are many healthy outlets.

Virtue would not stand out as it does, if one's teenage did not keep it company.

At puberty, the child begins to feel that he can judge for himself. He is now about to dispense with authority; he has outgrown it. - Rudolf Steiner, Observations, p. 80, abr)

So

Solid thriving throughout life's phases also includes making the best out of one's puberty and teenage. Some find good company.

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Proverbs and proverbial sayings on Puberty, Absence, Adversity, Advice, Ambition, Anger, Anticipation, Literature  

(B) Fergusson, Rosalind. The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983.

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

Steiner, Rudolf. Education for Adolescents. Eight Lectures Given to the Teachers of the Stuttgart Waldorf School June 12Ė19, 1921. GA 302. Tr. Carl Hoffmann. Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1996.

⸻. Observations on Adolescence: The Third Phase of Human Development. Rev. ed. Chatham, NY: Waldorf Publications, 2016.

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