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PostAnother Dutch Architectural Aphorism: "Homo Sapiens Non Urinat in Ventum" (from Paul Rootare) (John Eipper, USA, 09/18/20 3:25 am)
Adding to our discussion on architecturally emblazoned quotes, Paul Rootare forwarded this nugget from a plaza in Amsterdam: "The wise man does not urinate in the wind."
The gateway has a Classical feel, but dates only from 1991. Want to give your adage some gravitas? Try Latin...and chisel it on your own porta principalis.
Non urinat in ventum: the late, great Jim Croce argued the same thing in the early 1970s. Legend has it, the original lyrics of "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" read "you don't piss in the wind." Public sensibilities of the time required him to make the switch to "spit."
Either way, it's timeless advice.