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An Antique Land
The photos on this page are from the country of Egypt and,
except where noted, the quotes are Egyptian proverbs, some
of which were found inscribed on ancient temple walls.
What you are doing does not matter so much
as what you are learning from doing it.
The Nile flows through old, hushed Egypt and its sands, like
some mighty thought threading a dream.
 -- Leigh Hunt
A beautiful thing is never perfect.
Honorable is the person who is aware of his power,
yet refrains from inflicting bad things onto others.
The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose in ancient Egypt;
the same sorrows rise and set in every age.  
-- Henry Ward Beecher

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said:  “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings,
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Yet nothing beside remains.  Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Know the world in yourself.  Never look for yourself in
the world, for this would be to project your illusion.
Who you are is limited by who you think you are.
Starting from its fountain-head,
The Nile, forever new and old,
Among the living and the dead,
Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A back does not break from bending.
The night sky in Egypt is a swirling mass of stars so bright and numerous the sky
seems to tremble with the ice-blue weight of them.  
-- Rosemary Mahoney
You are my country, harrowing desert
and my verdant Nile; my country...infinitely
lovely, unfathomable and sustaining.
-- Connie Brockway
Avoid the company of a liar.
If you can't avoid him, don't believe him.
Nile, mysterious flood that, through the silent sands,
Has wandered, century on century,
Watering the length of great Egyptian lands,
Which, but for thee, would not be.
-- Bayard Taylor
I'm told that ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be
asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they
could continue their journey in the afterlife.  The first question was,
"Did you bring joy?"  The second was, "Did you find joy?"
-- Leo Buscaglia