Radovan Karadzic's favorite Chinese proverbs

Dodgy expat

The Mutant Palm blog has posted a travel diary about Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia and Chinese people in those places.

He starts the post off by noting a Chinese connection on the website of recently arrested suspected war criminal Radovan Karadzic who had assumed the identity of 'Dr Dragan Dabic', an alternative medicine quack.

Dr Dragan Dabic's website is still online. In addition to noting that Dr Dragan Dabic "settled in China where he specialized in alternative medicine, with a special emphasis on the mind-body control, meditation, Yoga, spiritual cleansing, as well as Chinese herbs", the website lists the dodgy doctor's ten favorite "Chinese proverbs" in English.

They are:

* Behind every able man, there are always other able men.

* Teacher opens the door, but you must enter by yourself.

* A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

* He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

* If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.

* A flawed diamond is better than a common stone that is perfect.

* Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

* If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, teach people.

* You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

* He who turns in his own, shall dig two graves.

UPDATE The website is apparently a fake.

There are currently 10 Comments for Radovan Karadzic's favorite Chinese proverbs.

Comments on Radovan Karadzic's favorite Chinese proverbs

You forgot an important and particularly ancient one: "A wise man thinks with his own head – while an ignorant one follows the mainstream mass media news and reports."

Oops, never mind. I see you just reworded it.


The perils of editing live. Sorry.

Is that a bird's nest in his hair?

This site is fake. It was put online two days after arrest. Dabic was interested in Orthodox Church style of meditation, not Chinese. Totaly lame

It brings to mind the words of Confucius, who said "Prostitute who sits on Judge's lap/ Will receive Honorable discharge."

try to re-translate(还原) these proverbs to their originals of chinese:




4、(don't know)



7、(don't know )


9、(what're you talking about?)


#10.天作孽犹可活,自作孽不可活(not sure)

#9 is definitely not a Chinese proverb.

@The Shanghighroller

You sure that is from The Confucian Analects?

It is quite obvious. All pics on the site are the same one presented by Serbian police, no earlier pics. Here's some evidence.

His original site is:

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