A Yiddish Proverb for Senator Lieberman: “When you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.” –and others.

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As you know by now, I am a great fan of the proverb. Looking through my “Collection of Yiddish Proverbs” I found a few of my favorites for Senator Joe to read on the plane. If they seem pointed, we should bear in mind that they may just have a wider application….
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“When you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.”
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“One lie is a lie; two are lies; three is politics.”
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“A liar must have a good memory.”
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“Protest long enough that you are right and you will be wrong.”
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“For the disease of stubborness there is no cure.”
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“Kindness is better than piety.”
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“Not in merit of ancestors, nor in inheritance –in yourself you search for holiness.”
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“A bad peace is better than a good war.”
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“Better a Jew without a beard than a beard without a Jew.”
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“Health comes before making a livelihood”
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“A great doctor is accompanied by a greater angel.”
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“If you ask the Rabbi he will surely find something wrong.”
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“Tell a fool to close the shutters and he’ll close them all over town.”
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“God will provide! Ah, if only He would, till He does so!”
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“A guilty man is always self-conscious.”
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“A righteous man who knows he is righteous, is not righteous.”
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“If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.”
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[ You will find the wisdom, the felicity, and the humor of these proverbs and about five hundred more in “A Collection of Yiddish Proverbs” by Malachi McCormick in the accompanying website, www.stonestreetpress.com –plus four other Proverb Collections: Irish, English, African, Arabic.]


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