Saying from Sardinia
I love this saying; it reminds me that we are what we do:
‘Su trabagliu narat quie est su mastru.’
(‘Work reveals its maker.’)
Saying from Emilia Romagna
Sometimes, our infantile self gets the best of us, and we need someone to remind us of this. This saying does the job:
‘La vin ‘na volta l’an la fera.’
(‘The fair comes to town only once a year.’)
You can’t always enjoy yourself.
Saying from Sicily
On why you should always speak your mind:
‘Testa c'un parla si chiama cucuzza.’
('A head that doesn’t speak is a pumpkin.')
Those who don’t speak up when they should, shouldn’t complain of the decisions taken by others.
I leave you with this quotation from Antoine de Rivarol on the concentrated wisdom of proverbs (and sayings):
'Les proverbes sont les fruits de l'experience de tous les peuples, et comme le bon sens de tous les siècles reduit en formules.'
('Proverbs are the fruit of the experience of all people, and like common sense of all ages, reduced to formulas.')