Quoteboard

From a Class II student.
From a Class II student.

Do not despair: one thief was saved. Do not presume: one thief was damned.

Patience is the companion of wisdom. 

  • St. Augustine

This place reminds me of what the world would look like after things have gone really wrong…

  • Another British Council teaching assistant, as we were driving through Greater Noida.

Teacher:

Ok class, time for a fun video! This one looks good *scrolls down Youtube*, it says that it’s about ‘the Birds and the Bees’! We love animals, don’t we kindergarten! Let’s watch it!

Me:

Excuse me Ma’am, but I don’t think that video is at all what you think it’s going to be.

  • Luckily, through the use of much eyebrow-raising and a hurried explanation, we managed to click off that particular video before the advert was over…and find a nice National Geographic substitute instead. Good job too, the videos in the sidebar were looking seriously dodgy.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

  • Niccolò Machiavelli (attributed)

Father: He can read in English, he definitely can. That’s not the problem.

Son: *stays silent*

Father: Come on, just read the last sentence. The last sentence on this page. I’ll buy you a toy car.

Son: A car and an ice cream?

Father: Ok, yes, anything.

*boy reads sentence perfectly*

  • From today’s Junior School PTM (Parent-Teacher Meeting)

Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

  • Unknown (Found it on someone’s blog and it really struck a chord with me. Reminded me of elements of my life at the University of Oxford vs. my first few weeks in India).

Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.

  • St. Augustine (Confessions)
  • Very relevant when thinking about the purpose of travel, and working abroad. This is my silent response when people have asked me if I should just go sight-seeing around India rather than continue with my placement, when things get really tough.
  • This quote also holds a lot of meaning for me as it was said to have been read by Petrarch after his ascent of Mount Ventoux. The reflections he produced from this experience are credited with the beginnings of Italian Renaissance thought, in the realisation that man holds a central place in the universe, superior to the rest of creation.

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.

  • Golda Meir

This is India! the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence […] cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition 

  • Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Living in water and being an enemy of the crocodile is not good.”

  • Hindi proverb

 

“Chalti ka naam gadi”

Translation– “That which runs is called a car.”

Meaning: When the things are running smoothly, let them be.

      • बंदर क्या जाने अदरक का स्वाद (Hindi)
      • Transliteration: “Bandar kya jaane adark ka swaad.”
      • Translation – “What does a monkey know of the taste of ginger?”
      • Meaning: Someone who can’t understand can’t appreciate, or, someone without refined tastes cannot appreciate a fine thing.
      • English equivalent: “Laying pearls before swine.”

2 thoughts on “Quoteboard

  1. Some great comments and observations. I like St Augustine’s “Lord give me chastity, but not yet” Very much admire the bargaining power of the little boy who was asked to read in English – future Alan Sugar…

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  2. Pingback: Intriguing Idioms – how the smallest of phrases opens windows into Chinese culture. 中国的成语和文化 – Gone with Nikita

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