Princess Sultana's Daughters (The Princess Trilogy #2)

A fly will never be able to enter a mouth which knows when to stay shut,

A wise man was once asked what was the most difficult truth in life to uncover. His reply was: 'to know thyself'.

Beware of those who look like rose, for even roses have thorns.

Every straight line can be forced into a curve!

How true is it that humanity refuses compromise during prosperity, and reaches out for arbitration when weak.

I thought to myself, beware of those who look like a rose, for even roses have spikes.

Like many a modern parent, I had no clear notion of how to help my most troubled child.

Not for ever can one enjoy stillness and peace. But misfortune and obstruction are not final. When the grass has been burnt by the fire of the steppe, it will grow anew in summer.

Not forever can one enjoy stillness and peace. But misfortune and obstruction are not final. When the grass has been burnt by the fire of the steppe, it will grow anew in summer.

only the men and the wind are completely free

Only when you drink from the river of silence, shall you indeed sing. And, when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. And, when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Only when you drink from the river of silence, shall you indeed sing. And, when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And, when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
-Khalid Gibran

Recalling a wise Arab proverb spoken often by my gentle mother, ‘A fly will never be able to enter a mouth which knows when to stay shut’,

to be valued and esteemed is beyond the expectation

When the normal is forbidden, people fall into the abnormal.