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Proverbs may sound banal and old hat to some people. But these short, pithy sayings which have been handed down from generation to generation have much wisdom in them. They are like small fruits from mankind’s living tree of knowledge. The following are some such proverbs which seem quite suitable for certain players on the maritime stage.


For the International Maritime Organization (IMO):

Empty vessels make the most noise.


For maritime charities:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.


For mental health awareness course participants:

A fool and his money are soon parted.


For stranded seafarers during the pandemic:

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.


For maritime unions:

Silence is half consent.


For manning agents:

For a greedy man even his tomb is too small.


For shipowners:

Money talks.


For maritime bureaucrats:

None are more haughty than a common place person raised to power.


For EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) inspectors:

Don’t miss the forest for the trees.


For old salts:

Better to wear out than to rust out.


For martime women:

A house with no woman is like a barn with no cow.


For martime academics:

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.


For maritime journalists:

There is no such thing as a free lunch.


For maritime bloggers (the maverick kind):

Don’t cast pearls before swine.

Feel free to copy and share these proverbs.

~ Barista Uno

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