Welcome edit

Hi, welcome to English Wikiquote.

Enjoy! -- Cirt (talk) 19:35, 11 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Looking for proverbs? edit

Wikiquote:Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations/Proverbs has a listing of several hundred fully formatted proverbs, reported as such in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 639-43. Please feel free to copy these over and stick them in the English proverbs page; quotes that have been moved, or are duplicates of existing material, can be deleted from the project page. Cheers! BD2412 T 17:48, 15 February 2012 (UTC)Reply

Spanish proverbs edit

Great work on resurrecting these proverbs pages! As to your question regarding the previously deleted material, I'm not sure how to restore them once you recreate the page. Unless someone more technically-savvy than I can explain, another approach would be to request the reinstatement of them onto a Talk page prior to you recreating the page. I would be happy to do so in this case (and I would have also restored the Spanish ones as well, but I can't see how to get to that history). Thanks! ~ UDScott (talk) 14:29, 4 June 2012 (UTC)Reply

I don't see why we can't just undelete the underlying history. Then anyone who wanted could look at a prior version and copy its contents to the talk page. Cheers! BD2412 T 17:41, 4 June 2012 (UTC)Reply
I am sure you are right (I knew there had to be a way), but I just didn't see the link - my bad. I will restore these to the Talk page. ~ UDScott (talk) 18:01, 4 June 2012 (UTC)Reply
OK, I've restored the deleted quotes to Talk:Spanish proverbs and Talk:Polish proverbs, awaiting sourcing. ~ UDScott (talk) 18:07, 4 June 2012 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! Could you please do this with Latvian and Danish proverbs as well? --Spannerjam (talk) 21:27, 4 June 2012 (UTC)Reply

Removal of newly created proverb articles edit

Hi Spannerjam. I replied to your enquiry on my talk page. ~ Ningauble (talk) 15:24, 16 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Requesting deletions edit

I have deleted the pages Dominican proverbs, on which you wrote "This page can become deleted," and Ingush proverbs, on which you wrote "This page can be removed." There may be others that I did not notice.

In the future, please use the {{delete | reason}} template to request deletion. That way it will show up in the appropriate maintenance category where the request will be noticed. Thanks. ~ Ningauble (talk) 18:37, 16 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Aramaic proverbs edit

I'm afraid that the one proverb on that page is Hebrew, not Aramaic. (The whole of the Mishnah is in Hebrew.) I'll move it, and find something really in Aramaic.--Abramsky (talk) 21:24, 21 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

English proverbs edit

Hi Spannerjam. Please consider joining a discussion about changes to the English proverbs article at Talk:English proverbs#Subject headings and Talk:English proverbs#Removal of historical citations and proverbs. Thank you. ~ Ningauble (talk) 13:49, 22 October 2012 (UTC)Reply

English proverbs redlinks edit

Hi. Rather than unlinking the redlinked section headers in English proverbs, please consider helping to create topic pages for those links to lead to. For example, Eggs has four proverbs listed, which would be an excellent start to a page on that theme, and would be helpful to anyone looking for quotes about eggs. Cheers! BD2412 T 20:55, 1 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

It is a bit late for that; I have already deleted all redlinks. --Spannerjam (talk) 21:12, 1 November 2012 (UTC)Reply
I intend to restore them. Cheers! BD2412 T 23:47, 1 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

By the way, have you ever had a look at the Hoyt's proverbs page? I messaged you about it above. The quotes are fully sourced and formatted. Obviously some will be duplicates to what you already have. Cheers again! BD2412 T 02:12, 2 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

Yes I did! Way back in february. --Spannerjam (talk) 05:46, 2 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

Credit where credit is due edit

In your recent addition to Wives,[1] the source you cite clearly attributes the quote to Lord Burleigh. Why would you omit information about the origin of the quote? It only takes a minute or two on Google to identify the exact origin and give credit where credit is due.[2] ~ Ningauble (talk) 14:46, 12 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

Cattle edit

Hi Spannerjam. Your request for clarification here has been answered by providing a historical quotation with context. Regards, Ningauble (talk) 14:00, 11 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hi Ningauble! Thank you for your swift and ambitious help. --Spannerjam (talk) 21:07, 11 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

On serpents and dragons edit

Hi, Spannerjam. "A serpent, unless it devours a serpent, does not become a dragon" probably has the same meaning as "The great fish eat the small." See here:

A serpent, unless it devours a serpent, will not become a dragon. The powerful grow at the expense of others, and the fortunes of the nobility would not increase as they do, had they no victims whom they can suck dry. Just so, among fish and beasts, the larger live by butchering the smaller.

P.S. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your work on proverb pages. It doesn't go unnoticed! Cheers, DanielTom (talk) 09:35, 21 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

Humanity quote. edit

The quote from The Event is a good quote, but every quote has a (non-fictional) author. There must be a screenwriter to whom that episode is credited, and they should be acknowledged in our citation. Cheers! BD2412 T 14:02, 27 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

Proverbs edit

I realize you have worked extensively on the proverbs pages, probably to a greater extent than anyone, but I cannot understand why you are removing so many recently. I am only briefly checking in today, and am not concerned enough to get too involved in the issue, but as these seem to be well-cited proverbs, I can't perceive any clear reason for their removal. ~ Kalki·· 09:15, 22 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hi! The reason for the deletions is to make sure the proverbs here on Wikiquote got the most possible brevity. For example, only having variants of "Well begun is half done" instead of also having variants of "A good beginning makes a good ending" is better, in my opinion. This is because "Well begun is half done" is more rhytmical, and therefore more easy to remember. "Well begun is half done" is also closer to the meaning of both these proverbs, which is that having made the right preparations will make a project half as laborious. --Spannerjam (talk) 09:35, 22 May 2013 (UTC)Reply
I had not responded earlier, because I had lost track of this discussion, amidst other concerns, but now resume with some comments. Though I appreciate that it might often be you who had added the quotes in the first place, I actually cannot agree with such rationale for the removal of quotes, and believe we should collect and maintain quotations, especially those that are widely published, and I am not particularly prone to remove material primarily because of any perceptions of the worth or brevity of one quote relative to any other quotes upon a subject. I believe variants of specific quotes should be gathered and retained, and especially believe variant and differing expressions on themes should be retained, and that some should not be excluded primarily or merely because others are perceived as "better." I much prefer there be broad diversity of options available to human thought, rather than overly rigorous constraints placed upon opportunities for expanding many forms of awareness and appreciation of often subtle nuances of expressions or even conceivably vitally important discernment that can be awakened in some people by some cues, and not by others. ~ Kalki·· 05:59, 24 May 2013 (UTC)Reply
I have now restored all the proverbs I removed on 22 May 2013. Then, I was carried away by my love for this proverb hobby of mine, so I did not see things clearly. Also I have learned that "there is no changing horses in midstream". I agree with your notion that content here on Wikiquote should be allowed to be diverse. --Spannerjam (talk) 08:34, 15 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

James Russell Lowell edit

Regarding your question:  He refers to great books that have stood the test of time, in contrast to new stuff of unknown quality. Bear in mind that literary "criticism" is not necessarily negative. (I have a number of friends who avidly read everything that comes out in certain areas of interest; but I am more like Lowell myself – I think that too much new stuff is a waste of time, and would rather wait to see what endures.) ~ Ningauble (talk) 12:39, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

Okay, thank you for taking your time. --Spannerjam (talk) 12:53, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

John Dryden additions reverted edit

I have reverted your additions to John Dryden because those quotes do not appear in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Please check your sources carefully before adding quotes asserted to appear in those sources. Cheers! BD2412 T 20:45, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

What about these http://www.bartleby.com/100/777.68.html http://www.bartleby.com/100/777.70.html? --Spannerjam (talk) 23:49, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply
I stand corrected. I hadn't thought about the appendix (I had worked that group into X me no Xs years ago, and not considered their suitability for author pages). Cheers again! BD2412 T 01:43, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Original Barnstar
I hereby award you this Barnstar for your extensive work on proverb-related pages, the latter being not only popular among Wikiquote readers, but also (I find) very enjoyable. Cheers! ~ DanielTom (talk) 21:04, 1 September 2013 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! It is always a pleasure that you are being showed appreciation for the huge amount of time and effort you put into something. I have to ask out of curiosity, how do you now the proverbs are popular among Wikiquote readers? --Spannerjam (talk) 07:11, 2 September 2013 (UTC)Reply
You're welcome. See here (most viewed articles in April 2013). The English, Latin, and Chinese proverb pages, in particular, have ~400 views a day, which is quite high. (See, e.g., [3].) ~ DanielTom (talk) 08:30, 2 September 2013 (UTC)Reply

QOTD edit

I moved your proposal for the 18 January QOTD into the section for other suggestions to be ranked. Though not an absolute requirement, suggestions should have some relation to the date, and though Richard Francis Burton is one of my own favorite 19th century personalities, most quotes by him stand their best chances on 19 March, his birthday. ~ Kalki·· 13:31, 16 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

It makes no difference to me if it is suggested for his birthday – or any other day for that matter. --Spannerjam (talk) 13:57, 16 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

how to move pages edit

Hi Spannerjam. At your top right, where you can see the star to watchlist pages, there is also an arrow pointing down, and if you click it, the option "Move" appears. Then all you have to do is say what you want the new title to be. Cheers, DanielTom (talk) 13:37, 19 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Okay, thank you. --Spannerjam (talk) 16:46, 19 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Revertions edit

I'm sorry that I had to revert your removals, but you see, I added those quotes because I thought (and still think) they are worthy of inclusion, so of course I was going to restore them. In any case, edit warring is never good, and I really don't want you to take the revertions personally. Just a minor disagreement. Take care, DanielTom (talk) 18:04, 28 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi! There is no need to apologize. I believe a certain amount of brazen opinions need to be delievered, so that we can get our points across (though it might be wise to avoid doing so when it comes to newcomers). What I am worried about is that En Wikiquote becomes unreadable since every contributor have their own differing plan, albeit I am at least as guilty of this as anyone else. Therefore I don't see the point of adding exclusively humorous content when it is not practice after over 10 000 articles. But as I now have learned your contributions quotes about Alex Jones were not intended for humour. On the other hand I am sympathetic with you and UDScott:s apparent vision of a broad scope of notable quotes. After all, who knows where it will lead us? I guess what we must think about is: What is it we want to tell our reader? --Spannerjam (talk) 18:42, 28 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

WikiProject edit

Hello Spannerjam. I think you would be interested in Wikiquote:WikiProject Weekly Cleanup, since you relatively work on articles and a highly knowledgeable user in the "pages on Wikiquote field". --~~Goldenburg111 22:03, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Yes I am indeed interest in WikiProject Weekly Cleanup. However I have much going outside cyberspace and on Wikiquote, so I will not sign up for now. The proverb pages need a lot of clean up. I will leave a note about it in the projects discussion page. If there is any technical questions or if you would like to hear my opinion on matters do not hesitate to ask. --Spannerjam (talk) 23:29, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

proverb pages edit

References for proverbs are not so important, (not just because there are so many of them, but because the proverbs don't originate from them,) so perhaps a better format would be to present them like Wikipedia does, at the end of the page. They would still be necessary, to establish the existence/notability/quotability of the proverbs, but that way they would be less distracting (visually) to readers. Do you agree, that this would improve the presentation of the proverb pages? [Oh, and one more thing. You may wish to visit Wiktionary, and see their collection of English proverbs (with explanations).] Cheers. ~ DanielTom (talk) 13:08, 27 March 2014 (UTC)Reply

I think references for proverbs are important, see Wikiquote:Sourcing#Proverbs. It is not easy to research them well, but the result is quite valuable. See also the extensive discussion at Talk:English proverbs#English proverbs "cleanup"-sign. I spent many hours working on the cleanup last year, but only got half way through step 4 before setting it aside for later. If nobody else does so, I will eventually get back to completing the work. ~ Ningauble (talk) 13:47, 27 March 2014 (UTC)Reply
It has always been a hunch of mine that the inline references are in the way somehow, but no one has pointed it out to me untill now. The more experienced user Ningauble is strongly against footnotes here on Wikiquote so therefore I have avoided using this seemingly controversial citing method. --Spannerjam (talk) 14:07, 27 March 2014 (UTC)Reply
Even Homer nods. Ninguable is wrong, and I'll show him why, when I have the time. ~ DanielTom (talk) 21:37, 30 March 2014 (UTC)Reply

pictures for proverbs edit

This might interest you. Cheers ~ DanielTom (talk) 16:47, 19 July 2014 (UTC)Reply

Though I appreciate the thought the pictures you provided don't got the "zing" (You get an eye for what pictures will work and which will not.) --Spannerjam (talk) 17:18, 19 July 2014 (UTC)Reply

Afrikaans proverbs edit

Thanks for the Afrikaans proverbs. "The remedy may be worse than the disease" is however still in English, and I cannot remember what the Afrikaans equivalent will be. JMK (talk) 17:20, 13 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

The Afrikaan equivalent for that proverb is available in its source through Google Books. However, you can only read a snipet of that book so I can't retrieve the proverb. I will get it eventually tough, one way or another. :) Spannerjam (talk) 22:42, 13 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
It's "Die middel kan wel erger as die kwaad wees." ~ DanielTom (talk) 23:03, 13 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Wikiquote:Proverbs edit

It seems to me that this page Wikiquote:Proverbs ought to be deleted.

IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 14:40, 17 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

It's a list to help keep track of equivalents. I need it so it can either be on the oficial proverbs pages or in my personal namespace. --Spannerjam (talk) 21:04, 13 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Addition of irrelevant material edit

Please stop adding content which has nothing to do with the theme of the page, or which has only a very thin connection to the theme. Specifically, I've noticed this on the "Latin proverbs" page.

Example 1: [4] [5]

Example 2: [6]

IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 04:34, 18 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

Criticism duly noticed I shall from now on be more considerate before adding content. Though the "Don't tread on me flag" has a connection to the quote I added. Spannerjam (talk) 06:07, 18 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

Do you consider this quote relevant to the "A beard does not make philosopher" proverb?

  • "Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage -- however often we are hurt as a result of it."
    • Erica Jong, How To Save Your Own Life (1977)
Spannerjam (talk) 15:48, 19 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

How is that quote at all related to "a beard does not make a philosopher"? IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 17:36, 19 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

How about the quote "I never let my schooling get in the way of my education."? Spannerjam (talk) 03:16, 20 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

Finnish proverbs edit

Hi Spannerjamǃ I'm curious to know what plans you have with the Finnish proverbs (450,000 new bytes).--Risto hot sir (talk) 18:34, 20 May 2019 (UTC)Reply

Sorry for this my web browser has been acting strangely. Spannerjam (talk) 16:25, 23 May 2019 (UTC)Reply

Statistics edit

Hello Spannerjam and thanks for your excellent workǃ Took a look at the statistics - it's crazy how differently folks are interested in the proverbs of their own language, Italians (about 3000 readers a day), Estonians and Finns, for example, are very active, but Swedes not (25 a day). Well, I found Ström's book from the year 1929 in Stockholm, so hopefully the times are a'changingǃ--Risto hot sir (talk) 12:05, 2 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Well, they say no one is a prophet in his own own homeland. :) Spannerjam (talk) 15:24, 2 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Hard to believe because local proverbs are the most visited sites at many/most wikiquotes.--Risto hot sir (talk) 21:12, 2 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

@Risto hot sir: Sorry to see you have been blocked globally. I miss having other wikiquotiens around who are interested in statistics. Ottawahitech (talk) 19:48, 24 December 2020 (UTC)Reply

Alphabets edit

Tervehdys Spannerjamǃ I would like to write proverbs in alphabetical order, but the English proverbs on the other page are not ordered so. There's a lot to doǃ--Risto hot sir (talk) 14:22, 22 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

You have my blessing to go and order them. :) Spannerjam (talk) 19:57, 22 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

Community Insights Survey edit

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Reminder: Community Insights Survey edit

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Reminder: Community Insights Survey edit

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Northern Italian proverbs edit

Hi :) are you sure about Northern Italian proverbs? As far as I know, there is no such thing as "Northern Italian dialect". --Superchilum (talk) 16:42, 2 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Superchilum: I have put the page up as a candidate for deletionǃ ̴̴Spannerjam (talk) 10:00, 3 March 2021 (UTC)Reply
I have to report also Corsican Settentrionale proverbs: why "Corsican Settentrionale", which is a mix of languages? And also... where did you find that it's a "Milanese dialect"? I don't think that Milan have anything to do with that. --Superchilum (talk) 10:48, 4 June 2021 (UTC)Reply
I have been busy lately but you can report inappropriate pages for deletion. Spannerjam (talk) 15:07, 4 June 2021 (UTC)Reply
I wanted to report you first in order to know where you found those information (the name "Corsican Settentrionale" and "Milanese dialect"), because you wrote that :-) and maybe the source you're using is not so reliable (I realize there were errors in Italian-based dialects, but maybe there are also in the French, Dutch and German ones?). --Superchilum (talk) 06:24, 7 June 2021 (UTC)Reply
Okay I don't know about Italian dialects. The phrasing and spelling seems to be correct of the proverbs in the book in the languages I do know such as Dutch, although some of the proverbs are archaic. I'm not sure about the Italian, French, and German proverbs though, because I only know some rudimentary words in those languages. Spannerjam (talk) 04:29, 10 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Please don't input irrelevant things to the thematic article. edit

As you yourself mentioned, your post are widely irrelevant to the pages you have edited. You are welcome to put those quote unto relevant pages, like the author or other thematic articles, but if you still continue what you are doing now, regarding Wikiquote policies of editing, your edits will be reverted. I keep it for a while for your convenient to re-edit those pages, and if necessary, to create new articles. --Aphaia (talk) 09:17, 23 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

ː I have now removed the quotes, as I see they are not relevant to the proverbs. Sometimes I tend to get ahead of myself. ~ ~ ~ ~

Thank you for your consideration. ;) Changing the topic, on your contribution to Japanese proverbs: sorry to say but I should be honest here, as a native Japanese speaker, 話半分 is never a proverb. It's just an idiom. Just a link of two nouns, it is even no sentence. So I'll remove it. You may submit it to our sister project, English Wiktionary. --Aphaia (talk) 17:56, 23 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Burggrafenamt Tyrolean proverbs edit

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