PROVERBS AND SAYINGS OF
THE GREAT DARK HORDE
(compiled from various sources)
"Beye bagator bolbasu nigen uye-in bagator,
Bilig bagator bolbasu tumen uye-in bagator."
(One who has a strong body will be a warrior for a generation,
One who has a great wisdom will be a hero for thousands of generations.)
- Tomorrow belongs to me.
- Once sold, always buyable.
- Never count a Hordesman dead until you have seen the body,
and even then, do not be sure.
- When faced with two choices, always take the third.
- The wolf does not regard the barking dog.
- A snake sheds an old skin but still he does not go skinless.
- Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.
- If a Mongol smiles, look to your lives.
- It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
- The King should be servant to the State.
- If you beat a dog, beware of his master.
- Choose your friends carefully; your enemies will choose you.
- Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
- It's an ill wind that blows no minds.
- That which does not kill me gets dead early.
- The only difference between a hero and a coward, is the direction in which he runs
- Dealing with conflict is sometimes painful and not much fun.
Not dealing with conflict is always painful and not much fun.
- Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings.
Rome did it by killing all those who opposed them.
- One can never repay one's debts to one's mother.
- Do not roll up your trousers before you get to the stream.
- The sharper the thorn, the sweeter the rose.
- A halo need drop only 8 inches to become a noose.
- Do not speak to a man's girlchild lest you come bearing a wedding ring.
- Before you make a friend, eat dirt with him.
- Tell the truth to a lord you trust, more truth to a lord you hate.
- Nothing vast ever enters the lives of mortals without a curse.
- Better a dead enemy than a live one.
- When you are an anvil, you must suffer like an anvil;
when you are a hammer: strike!
- Dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.
- A man who would speak the truth should have one foot in the stirrup.
- Help first, chat later.
- Trust in Tengri, but tie up your yak.
- If you cannot swim, do not go near the water.
- We put a face on God .... not the other way around.
- Every argument is like unto a dagger: two sharp and cutting sides
- Beware not your enemies but your friends
- Never trust a cat to do a dog's job.
- Know where your clothing and weapons are, even in the dark.
- Never trust a dancer, a Mongol or a King.
- Many stones can form an arch, singly none.
- Sorry puts no coins in the purse.
- What you give away with love, you keep.
- Better a calf of one's own than a cow owned by another.
- If you've a knife you've no need for a crown.
- What one man call his natural rights, another man calls treason.
- Honor is it's own reward.
- Two can keep a secret if both wear cords.
Three can keep a secret if two wear cords and the third is dead.
- If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.
- Let a new wind blow through an old place.
- To speak is to sow and to listen is to reap.
- A life without honor is no life at all.
- If you wear a smile, they think you really know.
- The knife is quiet, the bowstring is quieter.
- Storm in East, sun in Middle.
- Be sure it is your yak first. Then clean the corral.
- Say it loud enough, and often enough,
and the marketplace will believe anything.
- There always are more liberties to take.
- Dead cha'gua aren't much fun.
- Do not measure a shroud before there is a corpse.
- When all you have is a hammer, all your problems tend to resemble nails.
- Kill once, mourn forever.
- Stretch your feet according to your blanket.
- All that pays for blood, is blood.
- Beware the quiet man.
- Even a highest tree has an axe at its foot.
- The anvil must be patient. Only the hammer can be strong.
- Easier to love a dead hero than a live king.
- Two sisters, two sides.
- The iron suffers, and becomes a sword.
- The skate and the eel do not swim the same, but they both live in the sea.
- Draw close to the Cha'gua around you;
you never know when a human shield will come in handy.
- Art is inborn, craft outborn.
- Blood is blood no matter who sucks it.
- Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- The vilest creature in the world is a liar.
- The less ability, the greater noise.
- Three steps forward, two steps back.
- An hour makes a difference between the wise man and the fool.
- Drink with Mongols, use a long straw.
- Better a handful of dates, and content with them, than to own
the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.
- Many mothers are best.
- The Hordesman swims in the Kingdoms like a fish in the sea.
- Steel is strong. Flesh is stronger. Will is strongest.
- Many will show you the way once your cart is turned over.
- A good shepherd tells his sheep of green grass, not grey wolves.
- A white ewe may have a black lamb.
- You can call a rock a fish but it still cannot swim.
- A rabbit cannot put its paws on the deer's horns.
- Beware of the Mongol you cannot see.
- Better late in the pan than never in the pot.
- Water weights wood.
- A knife wound heals, a tongue's wound festers.
- To take is not to keep.
- Small keys open big doors.
- A hard head hides a soft tongue.
- Both the hunter and the hunted pray to a god.
- The spider sits in the center of its web and entices the fly to come to it.
- All history begins between a woman's legs.
- Man is wood, woman water.
- To feed an enemy a lie, is just if Justice gains thereby.
- A cat will lie. It is his nature.