(We are reprising the series of posters, because it has been several years since they were originally created, and they are much too wonderful to let them not be noticed by newcomers to the site!)
This is the last of the posters designed by Linda J. de Wit in her role as CID intern, and the first to illustrate a proverb. The relevance of proverbs for intercultural dialogue can be explained by a quote from Harold V. Cordry, who collected the one used here as well as many, many others: “For as my collection grew, I found myself increasingly fascinated by the striking similarity of proverbs from dissimilar cultures in different times and different places, and by the fundamental universality of human experience which the proverbs so clearly reflect.” (Cordry, H. V., 1997, The multicultural dictionary of proverbs, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, p. ix.). My thanks to Prof. Wolfgang Mieder for recommending this book (as well as others) when asked about how to locate potentially relevant proverbs. The full citation to the book is also provided at the bottom of the poster.
Just in case anyone wants to cite this poster, the following would be the recommended format:
Center for Intercultural Dialogue. (2017). Strangers into Friends. CID Posters, 9. Available from:
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