"A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him."(George Orwell)
"The humanist assumption that life, although full of sorrow, is worth living, and that Man is a noble animal."(George Orwell)
"The humanist assumption that life, although full of sorrow, is worth living, and that Man is a noble animal."(George Orwell)
ModeratorJapan"They call our language the mother tongue because father seldom gets a chance to use it."December 2009
ModeratorJapan"Time is a scarce resource, and even the wealthiest individual must decide what expensive toy to play with each day."May 2011
ModeratorJapan"There is no free lunch. Having more of one thing requires giving up something else."May 2011
ArubaQuitters never win.
Winners never quit.May 2011
Australia"You need to drink a can of concrete and harden the F*** up." :)May 2011
United States"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
"I think I can, I think I can." -- The Little Engine That Could
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." -- Calvin CoolidgeMay 2011
United StatesA casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
--Friedrich NietzscheMay 2011
United StatesExtraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. - Carl SaganMay 2011
or the other version by Erasmus of Rotterdam
a little different, but has the same point..
"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"
When a tree falls, the monkeys scatter.May 2011
United StatesDon’t count your chickens before they hatch
(Farsi) جوجه رو آخر پاییز می شمرنMay 2011
Sweden"Anybody who does creative art is a sacred person. I do not care what he does. Whether he paints academic pictures or he is modern and different from anything else. He cannot do any harm. Whereas a bad politician or a bad doctor or a bad cook can kill you!"
- Man RayMay 2011
Czech Republic"The higher the monkey climbs up the tree, the more it shows its bottom"May 2011
Russian Federation@aybee77 "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
The slightly similar meaning has phrase “Everything you can imagine is real” by Pablo Picasso.May 2011
United StatesIf there is one thing I have learned in life and in business, it is the importance of credibility. It is difficult to achieve credibility and easy to lose it.
-- Steve Kaufmann January 22, 2008May 2011
ModeratorJapan"Happy is the country which has no history."June 2011
United States"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve"-Bilbo Baggins
For the day of the Lord is near against all nations
As you have done so shall it be done unto your own head
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16June 2011
France"Those who speak three languages are trilingual. Those who speak two languages are bilingual, and those who speak only one are American."June 2011
United States"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
"Little Gidding" ~~T.S. EliotJune 2011
Aruba"If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."
- Clint Eastwood
"Just do it."
- Nike, Inc.June 2011
Finland“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”June 2011
Algeriaان تموت بشرف خير لك من ان تحيا بذل
try to understand the real meaning of this phrase because it has a great meaning specially for meJune 2011
SpainI like Alice Miller´s quotes:
The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves.
Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.
It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person.June 2011
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Genius is born--not paid.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
I can resist anything but temptation.
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.June 2011
Poland- "I think I need a drink" - "Almost everybody does, only they don't know"
Ch. BukowskiJune 2011
ModeratorJapan"Ahhh, there's just one more thing..." ColumboJune 2011
United StatesI just wanted to make a note about the following phrase:
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
(Farsi) جوجه رو آخر پاییز می شمرن
The literal translation of the Persian text is "baby chicks are counted at the end of autumn". It is said to someone who seems to be reaching a conclusion too quickly.
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ModeratorJapan( After I edited my old post, this thread disappeared from the timeline.
At that moment I imagined that the thread had been deleted by the LingQ authorities for some reason related to the advertisement in the thread.)May 2014
ModeratorJapanEven a dog speaks Japanese in Japan. "wan-wan."
Even a dog speaks English in the U. S. "bow-wow."June 2014
United StatesEven a dog speaks Korean in Korea. "mong mong"
Even a cat speaks Korean in Korea. "Yaong"
Even a chicken speaks Korean in Korea. "Ko ki oh! Ko ki oh!"
Even a cat speaks English in America. "Meow"
Even a chicken speaks English in America. "Cock-a-doodle-do!"June 2014
ModeratorJapanSome people speak english[sic] instead of English. I wonder if they don't have a shift key in their keyboard. "i wanna practice speaking english with u."June 2014
ArubaWhile I have strength I will fight and when they run out, I will continue without them.June 2014
ArubaPerhaps the English language should drop the use of a capital letter for the names of languages. It does not seem to have any useful function. English no longer puts full stops after letters in abbreviations. N.S.W. has become NSW, U.S.A. has become USA. I don't think the language has suffered from it.
Yes, I know this is off the topic.
Why is there something rather than nothing?June 2014
ModeratorJapanMy cat can speak. I asked her what two minus two is. She said nothing.June 2014
Aruba@Yutaka - I love it! :)June 2014
ModeratorJapan"What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?"
"I don't know and I don't care."
ModeratorJapanWhatever you do when you’re procrastinating should be your full-time job.June 2014
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
Eleanor RooseveltJune 2014
ModeratorJapanIch gebe dir hundert Mark, wenn du mir zweihundert Mark gibst.
Jede Sprache hat ihre Schönheit.
Jeder Mensch ist ein Kind Seiner Zeit.June 2014
ModeratorJapanWas über den Zaun fällt, gehört dem Nachbar.June 2014
United StatesWhat do you want me to say? Go ahead and try and sell it, you want to be a dumbski. Give it a shot!
- Donnie BrascoJune 2014
ModeratorJapanEine Hölle, die man wohl kennt, ist besser als ein Himmel, den man noch nicht kennt.June 2014
Wir würden sagen:
"Lieber den Spatz in der Hand als die Taube auf dem Dach."
ModeratorJapanWer zu viel liest, verliert allmählich die Fähigkeit, selbst zu denken.July 2014
Romania“Keep away from prohibited things and you will be among the best of worshipers.”
''Don't contemplate, perceive,, -Fei Long
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”-Malcom XJuly 2014
ModeratorJapanEs ist leicht, zwei oder drei Sprachen zu beherrschen.July 2014
ModeratorUnited KingdomSagt wer?July 2014
ModeratorJapan. . .
Es ist gefährlich, bei einem Gewitter unter einem Baum zu stehen.
Verschwiegenheit zu fordern, ist nicht das rechte Mittel, sie zu erlangen.
These are from a book titled 'Bausteine der deutchen Sprache'. That Book was first published in 1947. Some of the example sentences are very interesting. The name of the author is Sekiguchi Tsugio.July 2014
FinlandHalla vei viljan illalla. (A Finnish sentence)
Means: The frost took the crops in the evening.
'j' is pronounced like the English y.
お金が足りなくて買えなかった. Transcription: Okane ga tarinakute kaenakatta.
Means: I did not have enough money so I couldn't buy it.
Because I find the structure of the sentence so interesting.
Don't remember any others now...July 2014
It is said that Finnish, Japanese, Korean, etc., belong to the 'agglutinative' language group. Although I don't know anything about Finnish, I suppose you have noticed some similarities between Finnish and Japanese.
I have neither finished, nor started, learning Finnish, for I have lately restarted learning another foreign language, German, which is an inflicting, no, 'inflecting' language. Japanese, which belongs to the agglutinative language group as Finnish does, is my mother tongue.July 2014
ModeratorJapanDo as I say, not as I do.July 2014
ModeratorJapan“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
All tutors are native, but some tutors are more native than others.July 2014
ModeratorJapanEine offene Tür verführt auch einen Heiligen.July 2014
United Kingdom"Der Ball ist rund...das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten"
"Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel"
- Sepp Herberger, Fußballtrainer der deutschen Nationalmannschaft 1936-1964
(Entweder enthüllen diese bekannte Sprüche die tiefsten Geheimnisse deutscher Fußball...oder sie sind Käse...)July 2014
ModeratorUnited Kingdom@ Jay
Damm, du bist ein gut aussehender Mann. Bist du sicher, dass du kein Deutscher bist?July 2014
United Kingdom@Colin: "...du bist ein gut aussehender Mann..."
Nett von dir - aber ist es dein Ernst?? :-0
(If so, don't tell me, tell your sisters! :-D)July 2014
ArubaSo much for following rules....July 2014
ModeratorJapanWo zuviel Geld ist, da krankt es im Menschen.
Es führen viele Wege nach Rom.August 2014
ModeratorUnited KingdomMy computer does what I tell it to, not what I want it to.August 2014
ModeratorJapanIf you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.August 2014
ModeratorJapanEs ist nichts Neues unter der Sonne.August 2014
ModeratorJapanWas it a cat I saw?August 2014
ArubaMy favorite phrase is:
"Everything is possible, the impossible is just a little bit harder."September 2014
ModeratorJapanIt's more than flesh and blood can stand.March 2015
CanadaAll i know is that i know nothing at all
[while this statement is usually attributed to Socrates, it is in fact a mistatement of what he actually spoke-- but i like the phrase nonetheless]
ModeratorJapan"He reflected that he hadn't promised his father not to gamble, he'd promised him not to forget his advice."--THE FACTS OF LIFE by W. Somerset Maugham
ModeratorJapan"The best kind of self-control is to avoid situations that require self-control."---Paul J. SilviaJune 2015
FranceGeorge Orwell. 1984. How I love this novel!!!.
Here are my two favorite extracts from this book. I put the translation in French for the French learner. Enjoy!
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.
George Orwell:‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’
C’était une journée d’avril froide et claire. Les horloges sonnaient treize heures. Winston Smith, le menton rentré dans le cou, s’efforçait d’éviter le vent mauvais. Il passa rapidement la porte vitrée du bloc des « Maisons de la Victoire », pas assez rapidement cependant pour empêcher que s’engouffre en même temps que lui un tourbillon de poussière et de sable.
George Orwell:1984 - Première Partie - Chapitre I
Traduction d’Amélie Audiberti
The elbow! He had slumped to his knees, almost paralysed, clasping the stricken elbow with his other hand. Everything had exploded into yellow light. Inconceivable, inconceivable that one blow could cause such pain! The light cleared and he could see the other two looking down at him. The guard was laughing at his contortions. One question at any rate was answered. Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase of pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.
George Orwell:‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ PART III I
L’épaule ! Il s’était effondré sur les genoux, presque paralysé, tenant de son autre main son épaule blessée. Tout avait explosé dans une lumière jaune. Inconcevable. Inconcevable qu’un seul coup pût causer une telle souffrance ! La lumière s’éclaircit et il put voir les deux autres qui le regardaient. Le garde riait de ses contorsions. Une question, en tout cas, avait trouvé sa réponse. Jamais, pour aucune raison au monde, on ne pouvait désirer un accroissement de douleur. De la douleur on ne pouvait désirer qu’une chose, qu’elle s’arrête. Rien au monde n’était aussi pénible qu’une souffrance physique. « Devant la douleur, il n’y a pas de héros, aucun héros », se répéta-t-il, tandis qu’il se tordait sur le parquet, étreignant sans raison son bras gauche estropié.
George Orwell:1984 - Troisième Partie - Chapitre I
Traduction d’Amélie Audiberti
Here is an Alfred de Musset’s quotation to further your reflexion about the last extract:
« L’homme est un apprenti, la douleur est son maître,
Et nul ne se connaît tant qu'il n'a pas souffert. »
Alfred de Musset. Ecrivain et poète français. 1810-1857.
La Nuit d’Octobre (Extrait)
"Sorrow is lord to man, and man a slave,
None knows himself till he has walked with grief."
Alfred de Musset.
THE OCTOBER NIGHT. (extract)June 2015
France"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance".June 2015
ModeratorJapan"Ordinary everyday life consists far more largely of horrors than writers of fiction usually care to admit."---George OrwellAugust 2015
United StatesThere are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are thing we don't know we don't knowSeptember 2015
United States"Ideosyncratically euphuistic eccentricities are the promulgators of triturable obfuscation."September 2015
Sweden"Winning is for losers." One F JefSeptember 2015
United StatesIn honor of yogi berra passing
'It ain't over 'til it's over'
Or my favorite
'When you get to the fork in the road, take it!'September 2015
ModeratorJapan"The past is an information bank from which you can learn; it is not a web in which you are caught."(Gillian Butler and Tony Hope)November 2015
SwedenMy favourite inspirational quotes are:
"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." - Albert Einstein.
"You have to be odd to be number one." - Dr. SeussNovember 2015
United StatesDream big and dare to fail. (Norman Vaughan)
Tough times never last. Tough people do. (Dr Robert Schuller)
The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)
The best dreams happen when you're awake. (Cherie Gilderbloom)
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. (Charles Kettering)
You must not only aim right, but draw your body with all your might. (Henry David Thoreau)
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. (Mary Kay Ash)
Don't wait. The time will never be just right. (Napoleon Hill)
It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)
The road to easy street goes through the sewer. (John Madden)
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. (Elbert Hubbard)
Do what you love and the money will follow. (Marsha Sinetar)December 2015
New ZealandPertaining to my rationale towards language learning, I enjoy these quotes:
"You're only as good as the time you put in"
"Kleinvieh macht auch Mist"December 2015
United States'You've got what it takes but it will take everything you've got.' (framed and put up in my study room right since my college days)
'Don't cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it'll be free yogurt.'
'To be happy you must be your own sunshine.' (they say this and it sounds good to hear but personally speaking, my daughter is my sunshine :) )
'Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.' (Unfortunately, this is true. Fortunately, it holds true even for fun games in math like these --> http://www.mathblaster.com/ )
'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.' (Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter)
'If you want to be happy, be.'February 2016
AustraliaMere presence of disability doesn't render life not worth living.April 2016