The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.
These proverbs date back to a time when the world was more agrarian, but we think they still make a lot of sense… even if they are all about goats.
“The more the billy goat stinks, the more the nanny goat loves him.” Belgium
“If you put a silk dress on a goat, he’s still a goat.” Ireland
“It’s out of ignorance that a goat will attend a leopard’s party.” Africa
“The goat must browse where she is tied.” Romania
“When you give a friend a goat, you have to let go of the leash.” Kenya
“It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.” Old West
“He who lets the goat be placed on his shoulders will soon have to carry the cow.” Italy
“Where there are no sheep they call the goat princess.” Turkey
“A man accused of stealing a goat should not entertain his visitors with goat meat.” West Africa
“Look for a black goat while it is still daytime.” Nigeria
“You are correct, but the goat is mine.” Corsica
“The goat that has many owners will be left to die in the sun.” Haiti
“Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” Russia
“Even an old goat likes to lick salt.” Hungary
“By candlelight a goat looks like a lady.” France
“If wisdom were measured by the size of the beard, the goat would be a philosopher.” Denmark
“A man and a goat may be friends, but don’t expect the goat to pay the first visit.” West Africa
“If you’re short of trouble, take a goat.” Finland
The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader. The 28th volume of the series is chock-full of fascinating stories and facts, and comes in both the Kindle version and paper with a classy cloth cover.
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