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Treasures Fit for Living

Valuable proverbs are relevant and tidy, and founded on essential knowledge.

We can consider things on top of historical developments or trends, and that special sort of estimation (thinking) can be assisted by select, classy proverbs. Moreover, research gist may also be shaped to become proverbial in form. Sane proverbs assist a maturing individual too.

Many typical British proverbs were handed over from French in medieval times - more or less as equivalents, and often as direct translations. For many French proverbs there is a word-for-word equivalent in English. It's due to much contact - not always peaceful - for centuries. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs [Cp] shows that this process has been very common, even though very stupid quarrels seldom end up making all involved OK . . .

Also, after Erasmus of Rotterdam published adages in the 1500s, many "international medieval" proverbs were made from Latin and Greek sayings, some of which were terse aces of learning from days gone by. "The highest right is often the highest evil" is one such medieval statement.

Just as many French proverbs derive from Latin and very many British proverbs derive from French ones, there were other inroads too. One was by Normans. These descendants of Scandinavian Vikings took over half of Italy, England and many other places, and were good at looting and collecting treasures. Some of them they brought to Normandy, Aquitaine, and Britain.

Fit for a Good Life

Better buy than borrow.

A good life may be built, and afterwards guarded. Some proverbs are helpful in this. They may tell what to do or go for, things to be on the alert to, and what to look out for - and some may show what not to do more explicitly.

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Cp: Simpson, John and Jennifer Speake The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University, 1998.

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