10 Ancient Sayings That Are More Relevant Than Ever

We searched around and discovered 10 really old Egyptian proverbs. 

These ancient Egyptian sayings were carved on temples, stelae and tomb walls thousands of years ago. Amazingly, to us the advice still sounds pretty useful today. Read on and see if you agree.

image: ancient Egyptian proverbs
Proverbs were written on Ancient
Egypt's temples and monuments

The language is a little fancy, but if you think about them a moment, they start to make sense. Give it a try. What do you think these proverbs mean?

• ① •

Empty not your soul to everybody and do not diminish thereby your importance.

• ② •

The nut doesn't reveal the tree it contains.

• ③ 

The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground.

• ④ 

A house has the character of the person who lives in it.

• ⑤ 

A pupil may show you by his own efforts how much he deserves to learn from you.

• ⑥ 

Social good is what brings peace to family and society.

• ⑦ 

Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom.

• ⑧ 

Each truth you learn will be, for you, as new as if it had never been written.

• ⑨ 

Listen to your convictions, even if they seem absurd to your reason.

• ⑩ 

Have the wisdom to abandon the values of a time that has passed and pick out the constituents of the future. An environment must be suited to the age and men to their environment.


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