April 20, 2004

Chicken Cow Lion Fox

Well, it looks like I'm not the only one in the blogosphere who quotes Amritas and Pirqey Avot.

Monkey! Blog! notices the similarity between this Chinese saying:

Rather be chicken head, not be cow rear

And this quote from Pirqey Avot:

Be the tail of lions and don't be the head of foxes - (havey zanav la'arayot v`al t'hi rosh lashu`alim)

Unfortunately, he misses the point that their meanings are opposite.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at April 20, 2004 03:22 AM
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Ah, well. Part of the reason I started a blog in the first place is to practice writing better. Among other mistakes, I do horrible things to points - bury them, forget to actually state them, beat around the bush for a few unnecessary pages before getting to them, etc.

I understood that they're opposite, which is why said 'I agree with the professor when he says, "I'd rather be the phoenix's tail"'. I should have finished by saying 'It goes against the Chinese saying, but agrees with Rabbi Mattia.'

Or some such. Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by: H. Monkey at April 21, 2004 06:59 PM Permalink

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