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Not to be giving permission

February 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“Were it not for misdeeds there would be no forgiveness.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Good luck

February 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“Leave a place where there is injustice; Abandon the house to lament its builder. You can find another land in place of that one, But you will never find another life. Do not let the blows of fate concern you; Every misfortune will reach its end. Whoever is fated to die in a certain land […]

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Compare and contrast

February 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“Three things are better than three other things. The day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth, a live dog is better than a dead lion, and the grave is better than poverty.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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The foundations of universal suffrage

February 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“Toil and hardship together with a lack of means teach a man bad manners and stupidity.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Thank goodness for that

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is many a grave sin that only shame has kept me from committing.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Same as it ever was

February 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“A story is told that a powerful king of the Israelites was sitting one day on his royal throne when he saw a man coming in through the palace door with an appearance that was both unpleasing and awesome. The king shrank back in fear at this as the man approached, but then, jumping up […]

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In the old days

February 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“In the old days a certain king wanted to ride out one day with a number of his courtiers and officers of state in order to show off his splendid trappings to his people. He ordered his emirs and the great men of his state to prepare themselves to accompany him. He ordered the master […]

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Seized days

February 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“This is the age of the ugly and puffed-up, who are characterized by stupidity and cruelty, full of hatred and hostility.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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A limited time offer

February 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“Hasten to do whatever good deed occurs to you For generosity is not always possible. How many a man has held back from a generous action He could have done, and then has been restrained by poverty.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Cut him some slack

February 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

When a man is short of money, distressed and preoccupied, he cannot be blamed for what he says, as this does not come from his heart.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Keeping the citizens united

February 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“If a rich man says something wrong, the people say: ‘You may be right, and what you say is not impossible,’ But if a poor man speaks the truth, they say: ‘You are a liar; what you say is wrong.’ Money invests a man with dignity and beauty in all lands. Money is the tongue […]

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Not to mention a profit center

January 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“It is a wise man who built the first prison, as this is a tomb for the living and brings pleasure to their enemies.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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And, in fact . . .

January 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“Caution is no guard against destiny and what is written in the book of fate is not to be avoided. Death, which carried off my grandfather, will not leave me, and if my father is alive today he may not be alive tomorrow.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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But it has cookies

January 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“You who are seeking this vile world, It is destruction’s net, a pit of sorrows. It is a dwelling which may bring Laughter one day, but will fetch tears the next. Evil befall it! Its attacks never cease; No price, however great, ransoms its prisoners.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Try it sometime

January 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“Visit your love; take no heed of the envious, Who will not help you in your affairs of love. God in His mercy creates no finer sight Than of two lovers lying on one bed In one another’s arms, clothed in contentment, Pillowed on one another’s wrists and arms. If in your lifetime you find […]

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The barest necessity

January 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“If someone says: ‘Love starts with choice,’ tell them: ‘That is a lie; it all comes from necessity.’ “ – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Enough to go around

January 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“You wrong Time if you ask it to be fair. Do not blame it; it was not created for fair dealing. Take what comes easily and leave care aside. Time must contain both trouble and happiness.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Hand in hand

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no wisdom without power. Were they to try to pawn me and my wisdom, Together with my books and my inkstand, For one day’s worth of food, it would not work And such a bargain would be thought contemptible. The poor, their state, their life, How dark they are with troubles! In summer […]

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That’s just the way it is

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“You have no power at all over your daily bread; Neither learning nor letters will fetch it for you. Fortune and sustenance are divided up; One land is fertile while another suffers drought. Time’s changes bring down cultured men, While fortune lifts the undeserving up. Come, death, and visit me, for life is vile; Falcons […]

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