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A quote
« On: November 01, 2010, 03:21:28 PM »
My Swedish teacher showed this quote to us:

"To think before you talk is like wiping your arse before you go for a shit."

I have to say, I quite liked it.
"In the deepest hour of the night,
confess to yourself that you would die
if you were forbidden to write.
And look deep into your heart
where it spreads it's roots, the answer,
and ask yourself, must I write?" -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Re: A quote
« Reply #1 On: November 01, 2010, 06:41:34 PM »
Wait a minute...er...something's backwards, isn't it?  And I don't mean the toilet paper.    :J
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Re: A quote
« Reply #2 On: November 02, 2010, 08:43:09 AM »
Yeah, I kind of thought that too. I disagree with the quote as it stands . . . but maybe Muffin didn't mean it that way?  :eh:

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Re: A quote
« Reply #3 On: November 02, 2010, 10:25:26 AM »
Yeah, I'm on tenterhooks over this .... Muffin?
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Re: A quote
« Reply #4 On: November 02, 2010, 01:24:03 PM »
LOL I don't understand what it is that you don't understand. :dies:

I don't agree with the quote but I thought it was quite cleverly worded. ;)
"In the deepest hour of the night,
confess to yourself that you would die
if you were forbidden to write.
And look deep into your heart
where it spreads it's roots, the answer,
and ask yourself, must I write?" -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Re: A quote
« Reply #5 On: November 02, 2010, 02:20:02 PM »
I think what we thought it should say was "To talk before you think is like wiping your arse before you go for a shit."

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Re: A quote
« Reply #6 On: November 02, 2010, 06:32:22 PM »
*nods head*  Yes, what SBW said.
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Re: A quote
« Reply #7 On: November 03, 2010, 03:20:06 AM »
Is that some kind of English rule that I don't know about? :J LOL I translated it from Swedish and we say "to think before you talk" so for me what SBW said sounds backwards. :P
"In the deepest hour of the night,
confess to yourself that you would die
if you were forbidden to write.
And look deep into your heart
where it spreads it's roots, the answer,
and ask yourself, must I write?" -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Re: A quote
« Reply #8 On: November 03, 2010, 03:23:41 AM »
I thought the same as SB and Lynet.

Is that some kind of English rule that I don't know about? :J LOL I translated it from Swedish and we say "to think before you talk" so for me what SBW said sounds backwards. :P

LOL, no wonder then, that Swedes invented Volvos, Dynamite and Abba ....  :O:
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Re: A quote
« Reply #9 On: November 03, 2010, 08:00:54 AM »
I like the saying, "make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth."

I think it might be a translation thing. What we English speakers are trying to say is, we normally advocate thinking about what you're going to say before you say it. Not that everyone does that.

I'm pretty sure we're saying the same thing . . .

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Re: A quote
« Reply #10 On: November 04, 2010, 02:09:38 AM »
LOL, no wonder then, that Swedes invented Volvos, Dynamite and Abba ....  :O:

LOL! Indeed. ;) :D


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I think it might be a translation thing. What we English speakers are trying to say is, we normally advocate thinking about what you're going to say before you say it. Not that everyone does that.

I think it is a translation thing, too, but this was an interesting discussion. I'll try to keep this in mind. :P

But, hey! I just realised something. It's supposed to be to think before you talk here because it's the thinking before talking that is useless. What the person means in the quote is that thinking before you talk is ridiculous.
"In the deepest hour of the night,
confess to yourself that you would die
if you were forbidden to write.
And look deep into your heart
where it spreads it's roots, the answer,
and ask yourself, must I write?" -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Re: A quote
« Reply #11 On: November 04, 2010, 08:42:35 AM »
Well, OK, then. I guess we just uncovered a cultural difference. And who's to say who's right?  :B

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Re: A quote
« Reply #12 On: November 04, 2010, 11:24:41 AM »
Mmmm. I, too, decided that there's maybe something in the Swedish philosophy. It's the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Too much thinkee can be a bad thing. Say what's on your mind and don't let those mental gears mash up the sentiment with too much rationalisation; and, besides, hesitation caused by thinking about what you want to say can look -- variously -- a lot like prevarication, or furtiveness, or dishonesty, or just plain old-fashioned nervousness. I believe the saying exhorts one to be confident and speak your mind.

On the other hand, I have no idea what a Swedish toilet looks like. Some of our continental cousins like a nice shelf to capture the poop for examination prior to flushing. I can't imagine anything less appealing.  :O:
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Re: A quote
« Reply #13 On: November 05, 2010, 09:44:45 AM »
On the other hand, I have no idea what a Swedish toilet looks like. Some of our continental cousins like a nice shelf to capture the poop for examination prior to flushing. I can't imagine anything less appealing.  :O:

LOL, I couldn't imagine a Swede doing that. Not a normal one anyway who isn't doing research on poo. :J Swedish people are extremely hygienic. Swedish people find the carpets you have everywhere in England, revolting and terribley unhygienic, for example. When my cousins came to visit us when we lived in England, first thing my uncle did was ask my dad why we hadn't gotten rid of the carpet. ::) You'll extremely rarely find a Swedish home with carpet all over the floor. We're obsessed with wooden floors over here.

A Swedish toilet looks the same as an English toilet only instead of having the handle on the side of the toilet, we have a button on the top of the back thing that you push down or we have a little nob sort of thing that you pull up. Oh, and they flush better, too. :moon: *runs away giggling* :halo:

You know, discussing the differences between toilets in different countries is actually really interesting. The public toilets in America I found a little odd at first. I was like, where did the back go? And when they flush it's like SHLUUURP!!!!!!! Everything gets sucked out of the toilets, it seems. In Sweden we've got this waterfall of water that washes everything away. :J
"In the deepest hour of the night,
confess to yourself that you would die
if you were forbidden to write.
And look deep into your heart
where it spreads it's roots, the answer,
and ask yourself, must I write?" -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Re: A quote
« Reply #14 On: November 05, 2010, 11:55:17 AM »
 :rofl:  You guys!

Muffin, there are all kinds of different toilets over here, form automatic to push button.  Some work better than others.  Some suck away the contents like those on an airplane, some have the whirlpool.  It's a big country.  :P
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