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Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Written Word


Did you know that the invention of writing was first achieved by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia somewhat before 3000 BC and by Mexican Indians before 600 BC? Egyptian writing began about 3000 BC and Chinese writing by 1300 BC.

And what about in the New World? Scientists have now uncovered evidence of what is believed to be the earliest form of writing ever found in the New World. The discovery was based on glyphs carved on a cylindrical seal used to make imprints and on greenstone plaque fragments found near La Venta in Tabasco, Mexico. The writings were produced during the Olmec era, a pre-Mayan civilization, and are estimated to date from 650 B.C.

Fascinating stuff, writing. Writers angst over it, study it, and strive hard to construct sentences that, when strung together, will produce the next best seller. Writing comes to us in a thousand venues, novels, essays, magazine articles, billboards, and even eulogies.

One of my favorites is proverbs. Yes, I’m a proverbs nut. So few words and so much meaning. Today, I leave you with a few of my International favorites to ponder. With some, their meaning is clear, others you might have to think about for a minute. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.

Jewish Proverb

If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.

Yiddish Proverb

When the sky falls we'll catch larks.

Irish Proverb

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.

French Proverb

Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.

Persian Proverb

However long the night, the dawn will break.

African Proverb

Keta Diablo writes for Phaze Books, Ravenous Romance, Noble Romance and the Dark Roast Press.

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MarthaE said...

Hey Keta - these are very good! I have always especially liked the Persian proverb! Thanks for sharing today! MarthaE

Tony Wards said...

Great post Keta. Love those proverbs. They do pack a big punch.