Ancient Egyptian Proverbs & Poetry


Ancient Egyptian proverbs & Poetry

“Man fears time, but time fears the pyramids”

“I wish I were your mirror, so that you always looked at me.
I wish I were your garment so that you would always wear me.
I wish I were the water that washes your body.
I wish I were the unguent, O woman, that I could annoint you. And the band around your breasts, and the beads around your neck.
I wish I were your sandal that embraces your foot and that you would step on me!”

“Little is better than nothing.”

“The Sight of her makes me well! When she opens her eyes, my body is young; her speaking makes me strong; embracing her expels my malady.”

“The teeth are smiling, but is the heart?”

“Pour water on thyself: thus shalt thou be a Fountain to the Universe. Find thou thyself in every Star. Achieve thou every possibility.”

“If I embrace her and her arms are open, I am like a man in the land of perfumes. If I kiss her and her lips are open, I am drunk even without beer.”

“There is no darkness like ignorance”

“Know the World in yourself. Never look for yourself in the World, for this would be to project your illusion”

“Not the greatest Master can go even one step for his discipiles; In himself he must experience each stage of developing consciousness. Therefore he will “know” nothing for which he is not ripe”

“One falsehood spoils a thousand TRUTHS.”

“With a beaming face celebrate the joyful day and rest not therein. For no one can take away his goods with him, Yea no one has returned, who has gone hence.”

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

The nut doesn’t reveal the tree it contains.

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

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

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

Social good is what brings peace to family and society.

Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom.

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

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

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.

There grows no wheat where there is no grain.

People bring about their own undoing through their tongues.

The only thing that is humiliating is helplessness.

To know yourself, take yourself as starting point and go back to its source; your beginning will disclose your end.

Man must learn to increase his sense of responsibility and of the fact that everything he does will have its consequences.

Leave him in error who loves his error.

To teach one must know the nature of those whom one is teaching.

One who is serious all day will never have a good time, while one who is frivolous all day will never establish a household.

Experience will show you, a Master can only point the way.

Man, know yourself… and you shalt know the gods.

Growth in consciousness doesn’t depend on the will of the intellect or its possibilities but on the intensity of the inner urge.

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