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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."
------- Injanashi

(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.

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