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Some would say impossible

March 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Take care not to alienate the heart by wrongs; To win it back, when it has shied away, is hard. When love is lost, this heart becomes A broken glass that cannot be repaired.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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No, it isn’t

March 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“The world is all swagger and deceit.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Monochromitis

March 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“Whoever thinks that all women are alike is suffering from a disease of madness for which there is no cure.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Learned helplessness

March 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“It takes patience to associate with women and whoever loves them needs to be magnanimous. They are always picking quarrels with men and annoying them, as they are proud of being the fair sex, boasting of their own superiority and despising men. This is particularly true when they see that their husbands love them, and […]

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Keeping things balanced

March 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“When you read what fate inscribes On Time’s forehead, you would shed tears of blood. If Time’s right hand preserves a man from harm, Its left will pour him out a cup of doom.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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With friends like that . . .

March 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“When glory and good luck befriend a man, Disasters and misfortunes keep away. Friends come as uninvited parasites, And even supposed guardians act as pimps. He farts and people take it as a song, While any smell he makes is sweet perfume.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Such is the way of dogs

March 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“On his way the poor man finds all things against him; The earth itself closes its doors to him. You find him hated, though he does no wrong; You see hostility but not its cause. At the sight of a rich man you find the dogs Turning towards him, as they wag their tails, But […]

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Homeless and forlorn

February 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“Poverty is exile in one’s native land, While wealth will make a stranger feel at home.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Pick a recent example

February 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“What are the three things whose ugliness cannot be set aside? Stupidity, a mean nature, and lying.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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As for the others . . .

February 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“A king cannot be called a king unless he is bountiful and just, a good and generous ruler, who treats his subjects well, maintaining the laws and customs with which they are familiar. He should establish justice among them, avoiding bloodshed and protecting them from harm. He should be marked out by his constant attention […]

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Go there

February 24th, 2018 · No Comments

Corpses float on the surface of the sea, While in the lowest depths are found the pearls. – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Get a move on

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“Sorrow follows whoever thinks of himself as Time’s favorite.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Finders keepers

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

God has produced no finer sight than that Which shows two lovers on a single bed, Embracing one another in content, Pillowing each other with their wrists and arms. For when hearts are united in their love, It is cold iron on which their critics strike. You who blame the lovers for their love, Have […]

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Power potion

February 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“Wine has many uses. It helps you to digest food, dispels care, cures wind, purifies the blood, clears the complexion and restores the body. It emboldens cowards and encourages copulation.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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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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