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THE WISDOM OF SURAK
                                                                 AND OTHER SURAKIANS

On COURTESY
Paul of Tarsus:
"Show perfect courtesy toward all men."

Sirak:
"Give a hearing to the poor man, and return his greeting with courtesy."

 Surak:
>Pulau  na'vathular  k'nuhk. Nar-tor  pulaya   s'au   k'ka'es- k'el'rular tun-bosh<
"Reach out to others courteously. Accept their reaching in the same way, with careful hands."

On DIFFERENCES
Roger Bacon:
"There is one radical distinction between different minds ... that some minds are stronger and apter to mark the differences of things, others mark their resemblances."

Surak:
>Ma   etek   natyan teretuhr    lau   etek   shetau  weh-lo'uk  do   tum  t'on<.
"We have differences. May we, together, become greater than the sum of both of us."

On FEAR
Ecclesiastes:
"Rather, fear God! Indeed I know that it shall be well with those who fear God."

Lactantius:
"Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be."

Lavater:
"Thinkers are scarce as gold, but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, pursues it uninterruptedly and fearlessly of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size."

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Fear always springs from ignorance." "He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

Sirak:
"Fear not death's decree for you; remember, it embraces those before you, and those after."

"Should you speak sharply to a friend, fear not, you can be reconciled."

"Small stones lying on an open height will not remain when the wind blows; neither can a timid resolve based on foolish plans withstand fear of any kind."

Solomon:
"Fear is nought but the surrender of the helps that come from reason."

Surak:
>Dakh pthak. Nam-tor        ri          ret       na'fan-kitok     fa       tu     dakh     pthak<.
"Cast out fear. There is no room for anything else until you cast out fear."

Upanishads:
"Who sees all beings in his own self and his own self in all beings, loses all fear."

Vergil:
"A resolve constructed with careful deliberation shaken in a moment of fear."

"Fear is proof of a degenerate mind."

On KILLING
John Locke:
"All the talk of history is of nothing almost but fighting and killing."

Judah:
"What is to be gained by killing our brother?"

Nagarjuna:
"Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust all your foes, but if you quell your own anger your real enemy will be slain."

Surak:
>Vah   mau  vah   tor-yehat  ri   stau.  Kup-fun-tor  ha'kiv    na'ish   du  stau?
Dom    nam-tor  vohris nem-tor ha'kiv<.
"As far as possible, do not kill. Can you return life to what you kill?
Then be slow to take life."

On LOGIC
Joubert:
"Logic works; metaphysics contemplates."

T'Plana-hath:
>Nam-tor   Olozhika  kluterek  t'sha'sutenivaya- k'ish  she-tor  etek   
  s'nezhak-isan  utvau  vah sha'kakhartayek.<   
"Logic is the cement of our civilization with which we ascend from chaos,
using reason as our guide."

WilliamGladstone:
"The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic."

On NEED   
Sirak:
"A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him."

"Do nothing without counsel, and then you need have no regrets."

"Everything is chosen to satisfy a need."

"From a friend in need of support no one need hide in shame."

"Keep your promise, be honest, and you will always come by what you need."

"Say not:  What do I need? What further pleasure can be mine?"

The universe lives and abides forever; to meet each need, each creature is preserved."

"The works of God are all of them good; in its own time every need is supplied."

Surak:
>Spunau   bolayalar t'Wehku bolayalar t'Zamu il t'Veh<.
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few -- or the one."

On NOBILITY
Solomon:
Wisdom "adds to nobility the splendor of companionship with God."

Surak:
>Shiyau thol'es k'thorai ri  k'ahm<.
"Nobility lies in action not in name."

On OFFENSES
Ecclesiastes:
"Should the anger of the ruler burst upon you, forsake not your place; for mildness abates great offenses."

Seneca:
"We will not punish a man because he has offended, but that he may offend no more."

Surak:
>Nam-tor  ri thrap wilat nem-tor rim<.
"There is no offense where none is taken."

>Tilek  svi'khaf-spol  t'vathu-tilek svi'sha'veh<.
"The spear in the other's heart is the spear in your own."

On PEACE
Matthew Henry:
"Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth."

Sirak:
"Can there be peace between the hyena and the dog? Or between the rich and the poor can there be peace?"

"Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many."

Surak:
>Variben veh  sochya kuv  nam-tor vah goh yut      ha-tor<.
"He talks peace, as if it is the only way to live."

>Ri klau  au ik klau  tu.
"Do no harm to those that harm you.

Nufau  au   sochya- yi   dungi  ma  tu sochya<.
Offer them peace, then you will have peace."

On TIME
Ecclesiastes:
"Cast your bread upon the waters; after a long time you may find it again."

"He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done."

Surak:
>Nam-tor  wak   vah  yut  s'vesht    na'fa'wak    heh    pla'rak.
"Time is a path from the past to the future and back again.
I'wak mesukh-yut t'on<.
The present is the crossroads of both."

On WISDOM
Ecclesiastes:
"More weighty than wisdom or wealth is a little folly!"

"When I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind. For in much wisdom there is much sorrow, and he who stores up knowledge stores up grief."

"The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner."

"Wisdom is a better defense for the wise man than would be ten princes in the city."

Solomon:
"He who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is their hope, fruitless are their labors, and worthless are their works. Their wives are foolish and their children wicked; accursed is their brood."

 "If riches be a desirable possession in life, what is more rich than Wisdom, who produces all things?"

"Into a soul that plots evil wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin."

"Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of men?s desire; he who watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate."

"Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion, and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity."

Surak:
>Ri  vath  kau eh ri vath  rok nam-tor  na'etek  hi etek  kau-tor<.
"There is no other wisdom and no other hope for us but that we grow wise."

>Eik-veshtaya  to'ovau  kau-lu  eshtaya  ri glazhau  goh na'kastorilaya t'kashan<.
"Wide experience increases wisdom, provided the experience is not sought purely for the stimulation of sensation."


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