Translating Sayings

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


How did I realize that this is the right translation of

 علاج واقعه پیش از وقوع باید کرد

درمان هر واقعه باید مقدم بر وقوع آن باشد.

The remedy of any event should precede it happening.

Notes on Stallings’ Bratrachomyomachia

Depictions of a battle with mice and cats adorn ancient Egyptian papyruses from as far back as the 14th century B.C. Loc 43

This ancient story of the frog and the mouse was widely known in the East. (The 13th-century Persian poet Rumi has a charming version of it.) Loc 85

the widely-translated anonymous 9th-century Irish poem “Pangur Ban,” about a scholar and his cat—as the cat pursues the library’s mice, so the scholar pursues difficult questions.Loc 158