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December 2010   By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn. Latin Proverb

Late Summer    Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.    Italian Proverb

Feb-Apr 2010      Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.

Jan 2010           At every crossroads there are three choices.   - Anonymous

Nov-Dec 2009     He who would leap far must first take a long run.     Danish Proverb

Aug-Sept 2009     Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. - Italian Proverb

June-July 2009    An elder's handbag is never completely empty - Acholi Proverb

March - April 2009 Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story - Ewe-mina Proverb

Feb 2009 A tasty soup draws people to itself.   Ewe Proverb

July -August 2008 It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless...Martin Luther King Jr.

May - June 2008 What if nobody could have seconds until everyone had gotten firsts? Could I be sent to jail for asking that?!
For more of Ricardo Levins Morales work see http://www.ricardolevinsmorales.com/


Apr 2008    A person who can speak many languages is not necessarily more valuable than a person who can listen in one. http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

Mar 2008   May every day of your life be worse than the next.  - Old Irish blessing

Feb 2008  It is not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. From http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

Jan 2008    A society grows great when old people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.  Greek Proverb

Dec 2007   Surely it's no coincidence that the word "listen" is an anagram of the word "silent".  – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

Oct-Nov 2007   Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.  – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

Sept 2007   A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything. -– from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

Aug 2007   Learn to listen, opportunity often knocks softly – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

June 2007   Nothing about us without us is for us. South African Slogan

May 2007    The blacksmith in one village becomes a blacksmith's apprentice in another. - Ewe Proverb

Apr 2007    Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I remember. Involve me, and I understand - Chinese proverb

Mar 2007   If you go through the high grass where the elephant has already gone through, you don’t get soaked with the dew.  - Ghanaian Proverb

Feb 2007    Your speech died like beer. Kishubi Proverb

Jan 2007     Every time an old person dies it is as if a library has burnt down – Mandinka Proverb

Dec 2006     We shall know who enjoys walking when we are on a journey.  Sierra Leone Proverb

Oct-Nov 2006    You change your steps according to the change in the rhythm of the drum – Ewe Proverb

Sept 2006    Keep going backwards and you will meet the water – Sierra Leone Proverb

Aug 2006      He who rides the horse of greed at a gallop will pull it up at the door of shame – Fulani Proverb

JuneJuly 2006    It is never winter in the land of hope. - Russian Proverb

May 2006    When the music changes, so does the dance. - West African Proverb

April 2006   If things are getting easier, maybe you're headed downhill. – Proverb from Ghana

Mar 2006    If you destroy a bridge, be sure you can swim. – Swahili proverb

Feb 2006    Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerless and the powerful means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. – Paulo Freire

Jan 2006      Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy

Dec 2005       

If you give me a fish you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish then you have fed me until the river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me to organize then whatever the challenge I can join together with my peers and we will fashion our own solution.
Ricardo Levins Morales, Northland Poster Collective. See www.northlandposter.com for this and other posters

Nov 2005       Those who do not listen to the voice of the elderly are like trees without roots. - Luo proverb

Oct 2005         The one who teaches is the giver of eyes – Tamil proverb

Sept 2005          You learn more from listening than you do from talking - Anonymous

August 2005        Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

JuneJuly 2005      You won't help shoots grow by pulling them up higher. Chinese proverb

May 2005     Waiting should not keep you from dancing. Sierra Leone proverb.

Apr 2005      The river swells with the contribution of the small streams - Bateke Proverb

Mar 2005     The youth walks faster than the elderly but the elderly knows the road. - Nilotic proverb

Feb 2005      Many stars cannot be concealed by a small cloud Maori Proverb

Jan 2005      The river swells with the contribution of the small streams - Bateke Proverb

Dec 2004     Who does not know the path should ask. --Nilotic proverb.

Nov 2004     A single hand (of a person) cannot cover the sky. - Ghanan Proverb

Oct 2004      The wasp says that several regular trips to a mud pit enables it to build a house. - West African proverb

Sept 2005     More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows. - Spanish proverb

Aug 2004     To give to your friend is not to cast away; it is to store for the future - Swahili proverb

JuneJuly 2004      You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind. Irish proverb

May 2004     The day on which one starts out is not the time to start one's preparations. Nigerian proverb

Apr 2004      If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something. African proverb

Mar 2004     Slowly, slowly, porridge goes into the gourd. Swahili proverb

Feb 2004      From the word of an elder is derived a bone. -Rwanda/Burundi proverb

Jan 2004       A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. --African proverb

Dec 2003      A thing that causes an elephant to fall: how small may it be!-- Luganda proverb

Nov 2003     Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. -- West African proverb

Oct 2003      If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed. - Chinese Proverb


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JuneJuly 2003      Having a good discussion is like having riches - Kenya

May 2003     Paddling a canoe without rhythm leads to drowning - Sierra Leone

Apr 2003     He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. - Confucious

Mar 2003    The foot which is behind follows the foot which is in front. - Sierra Leone proverb

Feb 2003     …What is most important in the world? …it is people, it is people, it is people. - Maori proverb

Jan 2003      When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.- Ethiopian proverb