-Ancient Egyptian proverb
Proverbs were important in ancient Egypt. “The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself shall find it” indicate that Egyptians believed in the divine essence man possessed. They believed in the concept “Know yourself”. Proverbs are mostly inscribed on temples.
Some ancient Egyptian proverbs:
True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge; it is an awaking of consciousness which goes through successive stages.
. The man who knows how to lead one of his brothers towards what he has known may one day be saved by that very brother.
. People bring about their own undoing through their tongues.
. If one tries to navigate in unknown waters one runs the risk of shipwreck.
. Leave him in error who loves his error.
. Every man is rich in excuses to safeguard his prejudices, his instincts and his opinions.
. To know means to record in one’s memory; but to understand means to blend with the thing and to assimilate it oneself.
. True sages are those who give what they have, without meanness and without secret.
. There grows no wheat where there is no grain.
. The only thing that is humiliating is helplessness.
. The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.
. Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion.
. 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.
. The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.
. Altruism is the mark of a superior being.
. Man, know thyself and thou shall 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.
. An answer brings no illumination unless the question has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes its fruit. Therefore learn how to put a question.