Monday 14 August 2023

Head Against the Wall

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-1569), from The Twelve Proverbs (1558):

Crygel ben ick, en van sinnen stuer,
dus loop ick met den hooffde tegen den muer.

I am stubborn, my mind's intractable,
so that I run my head against the wall.

Chinese Idiom:

“do not turn your head until it hits the south wall”

Roger McGough, ‘Another Brick in the Wall’

‘It’s like bashing your head against a brick wall,’
said Brother Ryan,
bashing my head against a brick wall.

Roger McGough (1937-), Collected Poems (London: Viking, 2004), p.17.

Both Dutch and Chinese proverbs relate to stubbornness. My translations.