Samples of my: Grammar Packed in Wisdom

“Gnotis auton”(Greek): Know thyself

   “Empty the boat of your life”
                                                     Dhammapada, Buddha


1 When a man has no lust and no hatred he walks safely among the things of lust and hatred.
                                                                                              Bhagavad Gita, India

2   I am a mirror and whoever speaks of me, nicely or badly, he always speaks of himself.
                                                                                         Omar Khayyam,  Persia

3   Lightly, sprightly to the dance I go, the sun shines brightly on the court below.
                                                                                                 China, 600 B.C.

4 Speak softly and carry a big stick.
                                           African proverb

5. “I am sleeping on the table tonight”, said an Italian sister laughing. “We have so many sisters living here that we have to sleep…on the tables, on the benches and on the floor. I sleep well.
                                                                                           Mother Theresa

6 Those who can hear properly will hear. Those who can see rightly will see.
                                                                                                 Idries Shah

  7 O Youth with song and laughter, go not so lightly by. Have pity – and remember, how soon thy roses die.

Any, Some:

1. Holy people do not desire any object. Good and holy people
   transcend pleasure and pain.
                                                              The Dhammapada, Buddhism

2. If you do evil to someone who is good,…the evil will return to you like light dust thrown up against the wind.
                                                                                                                                   The Dhammapada, Buddhism

3  And their Lord answered them, “ I do not waste the labour of any that labours among them, be you male or female – the one of you is as the other.”
                                                                                                                                      The Holy Quran


Comparison,  Comparative, etc.
1 The winds and the waves are always on the side of  the ablest  navigators.

The richest of riches is kindliness.
                                                                The Kural, by Tiruvalluvar, India

3  There is nothing more glorious than to persist in the advance of the community.
                                                                                              The Kural


4  When you threaten a weaker than yourself, think of yourself in front of a bully.                                                                                    The Kural

5  Men unsure of the next moment make more than a million plans.
                                                                                                   The Kural

6  I am  nearer to you than your jugular vein.
                                                                The Holy Quran

7  To eat alone what one has hoarded is worse than begging.
                                                                                       The Kural, India

8  It is compassion (love), the most gracious of virtues,  which moves the world.
                                                                                                   The Kural

9 There is nothing higher than Dharma (the Law of the cosmos, the Straight Path).
                                                                          Taittiriya Upanishad, India

10 …even when wrath is effective, there is no greater evil than wrath….Wrath kils the smile in the face and the joy in the heart. Has there ever been a greater enemy to man?  
                                                                                                                     The Kural               

11 Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of us all?
                                                                          Grimm’s Fairy Tales

12 East or West, home is best.                        English proverb

13 No temple is more beautiful than one`s mother.
14 Sharper than a serpent`s tooth it is to have a thankless child.
                                                                              King Lear

15 The highest beauty is the beauty of personality.
                                                                               A Sufi saying

16 They were singing and dancing and exchanging little gifts of flowers and cakes. It was by far the biggest holiday of the year.
                                                                        The Peace Book

17 A stone thrown at the right time is better than gold given at the wrong time.
                                                                                                Persian proverb

18 There is nothing worse than hasty friendship, because friends once made cant be abandoned.
                                                                                             The Kural

19 As…as, so…as:
No sinner so foolish as he who lurks at the door of another’s wife.
                                                                                                    The Kural

20 The lotus rises with water, and a man rises as high as his will.
                                                                                                       The Kural

21 The more violent the love, the more violent the anger.                     

22 The highest bliss on earth is the joy of personality.
                                                                 J. Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany

23 Wrath kills the smile in the face and the joy in the heart? Is there a greater enemy to man than this?
                                                                                                             The Kural

24  Even when wrath is effective, there is no greater evil than wrath.             The Kural

25  For the Moslem world the Koran is the greatest work of” literature”. Unfortunately, for almost everyone else it is literally a closed book.

26 Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and  freedom your greatest joy.
                                                                            The Dhammapada, Buddhism

27  A smile is the shortest distance between two human beings.

28 The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit on his own ass.

29 Of all valuable possessions  the greatest is the quality of  universal benevolence.
Possession of wealth is found even with the meanest of mankind.
                                                                                                     The Kural

30  God is greatest,
        God is greatest,
        God is greatest,
        God is greatest.
            A Muslim prayer that is  whispered into a newborn baby’s ears.

31 Our happiest times are those in which we forget ourselves.

32 You are more precious than both heaven and earth.
Sell not yourself at little price being so precious in God’s eyes.
                                                                                            Arabic poet


Every, Each, Everyone, Everything:
Sentences 1 – 6: Human rights in Islam: HR

1 Every person has the right to be treated in accordance with the Law, and only in accordance with the Law.
2 Every person has not only the right but also the obligation to protest against injustice.
3 It is the right and duty of every person to defend the rights of any other person and the community in general (Hisbah).
3 It is the right and duty of every Muslim to refuse to obey any command which is contrary to the Law, no matter by whom it may be issued.
4 Every person has the right to express his thoughts and beliefs so long as he remains within the limits prescribed by the Law.
5 Pursuit of knowledge and search after truth is not only a right but
a duty to every Muslim.
Every person has the right to freedom of conscience and to
worship in accordance with his religious beliefs.
6. Every married woman is entitled
to inherit from her husband, her parents, her children and other relatives according to the Law.

7 Waking up this morning, I am smiling. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
                                                       Thich Nhat Hanh, France-- Vietnam

8 Peace and joy in each toy –My own peace and joy.
                                                                            Thich Nhat Hanh

9 The purpose of life is to arrive at a stage where each moment becomes fruitful. Does that mean fruits for oneself ? No, trees do not bear fruits for themselves, but for others.
                                                                           A Sufi saying (Islam)

10 Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
                                                                                               The Bible
11  It is written:
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the  mouth of God.
                                                                                           The Bible

12 That you may have pleasure in  everything, seek pleasure in nothing…
That you may possess all things, seek to possess nothing,
That you may be everything,
Seek to be nothing.
                                                       St. John of the Cross and Indian wisdom

13 Everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks, finds.
                                                                                    The Bible, Matthew

1.  The wise man: He will be loved by those who are good and hated by those who are not.
                                                                                                     The Buddha
2.  An old cat will not learn.
                                                                              Maroccan proverb

3 You will see great sorrow and in that sorrow you will be happy…
This is my last message to you:
In sorrow seek happiness.
                                                The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky

4.  Fear God and God will give you knowledge.

5 I will tell you a secret: Nothing, in truth, is more extraordinary than humanity.                                                                   Mahabharata, India


The Genitive: ‘ s
Man’s nature is pure.
                                       The Holy Quran

2 It is not for me to judge another’s life.
                                                       Siddharta, Hermann Hesse

3 Maybe God’s will is best attained through consultation.
                                                                             Shoghi Effendi, Bahai



1 If you do evil to someone who is good, to someone who is “pure” and
“free from sin”, the evil will return to you like light dust thrown up against the wind.

2 If Allah were to punish people for their wrong actions, not a single creature would be left upon the earth, …
                                                                   The Holy Quran, 14:42

3 If I built a village upon the hill, along the river  in the woods, there would be rabbits leaping in the sun.
                                               Kazue Mizumura:   If  I   Built a Village

4 Men cannot be our enemies, even men called Vietcong!
If we kill men, what brothers will we have left? With whom shall we live then?
                                                                                                    Thich Nhat Hanh

 5 If your word is sweet, you will conquer the whole world ; wherever you go, you will win  the hearts of men.
                                                                          Sa`di , Persia

If you are reluctant to ask the way, you will be lost.
If you were …you would be …
If you had been …you would have been lost.                Burmese proverb
If nobody uses guns, we will not need soldiers.
    If nobody used guns, we would not…
    If nobody had used guns, we would not have used guns.

If any individual should speak ill of one who is absent, it is incumbent upon his hearers, in a spiritual and friendly manner, to stop him, and say in effect: would this detraction serve any useful purpose?
                                                             Baha’u’llah, founder  of the Bahai faith.


The change must begin with ME:  This is the most radical principle upon which all deep thinking should be based: There is an ancient wisdom  which says that if everybody sweeps in front of his own door, then it will be clean everywhere. But where does the UNO sweep? Where do the virtuous people sweep? Where do the ethical cooperations sweep? Where do the political parties sweep? In front of their own door ?
There is ancient Eastern wisdom:
When you want to put the country in order, you must put the provinces in order.
When you want to put the provinces in order, you must put the cities in order.
When you want to put the cities in order, you must put the families in order.
When you want to put your own family in order,
You must put yourself in order.
                                                                                    The Lola-Principle, R. Egli

1 We cannot solve problems of an unlimited life with limited thinking.
                                                                                   The Lola- Principle, R. Egli

Neither  -   Nor

1 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                    The Bible, Galatians 3.28

2  He who does not feel unity in himself, can neither love nor can he be loved.
                                                                               H. Danesh, Landegg Academy


Past Tense:

1 …Then she asked simple questions; but simple questions cannot be answered.
                                                                        Osho= Rajneesh, India

 2  R. Tagore: 1861 - 1941
“ To cross the seas in those days
was for the Hindus much more than a mere adventurous voyage. It meant a revolutionary act of defiance against society, for there was a taboo against sea-voyage and severe penalties were  prescribed for the culprits…

3   He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me. Those who do not think such thoughts will be free from hate.  
                                                                             The  Buddha

 4 The forest lion and the bull were linked in friendship, growing full;
a jackal, then, estranged the friends, for greedy and malicious ends.
                                                                                   Panchatantra, India

 5 I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, - my wrath did grow.
                                                                                                                   William Blake   

Present Perfect:

1   Monks; it is not easy to find a human being who has not  formerly been  your father or your mother, your brother or your sister, your son or your daughter. 
                                                                                                      The Buddha

2 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
                                                                           Song of Songs, The Bible

3   Have you ever given order to the morning or have you shown the dawn its place? Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth ?                                                          
 Tell me, if you know all this?
                                                                    Job, the Bible

4  Archimedes, the scientist from Greece, said:  Eureka! Eureka! 
                                                     I have found it ! I have found it !

5   Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, I have come to bring a sword.
                                                                                    Jesus, Mathew, the Bible

6   O Great Spirit grant that I will never judge another man until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.
                                                                                  A Sioux Indian

7 Everyone says and does as much as he / she has   understood.

8   Ever since man first started to roam this planet he has primarily concentrated  on one thing: himself.
                                                                                       The Peace  Book

9 If you have done evil, you have done it to yourself.

10 We have learned in order to give, we have not learned in order to take.
                                                                                                    Arabic proverb

11 The time has come, the Walrus said , to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings—and why the sea is boiling hot—and whether pigs have wings.                                                                                   Through the Looking, Glass, Lewis Carroll

12 “In these twenty years of work amongst the people, I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Nowadays we have found medicine for leprosy and fortunately lepers can be cured…For all kinds of diseases there are medicines and cures. But for being unwanted, except there are willing hands to serve, and there is a loving heart to love, Idon’t think this terrible disease can ever be cured.
                                                                                               Mother Theresa

13 The world has not promised anything to anybody.

14 Lament in Old age:
“Every tooth has crumbled, dropped and fallen in decay.”
                                                                             Persia, around 900 A.D.

16 Sweet words are those that proceed from the lips of a person whose heart is filled with love, whose speech is guileless and who has discovered the true nature of reality.

17 “Give us time. We are young.” – I have heard so many Africans say these words.
                                                                                              D. Lamb

18 The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
                                                                                             The Bible, Job

19 And whosoever has done ill, an atom’s weight will see it then.

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