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“Say Congratulations”, “Only You” and “The Past Is Past”

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Feb 19, 2010
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Dear teachers,

could you please help me understand the following description?

"The mottled surface of the jars [made by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri] in his paintings were overlain with text. The words, which one might well presume would be the oracular stuff of Persian mysticism, were in fact drawn from popular sayings — the kind you sometimes find lovingly inscribed on the backs of long-haul trucks, like “Say Congratulations,” or “Only You,” or “The Past Is Past.”

I've never seen such inscription on trucks? Do you think they are translated into english from Arabic (that is, such trucks are only present in Iran) or are they actually "global"? Also, I cannot catch the meaning of "say congratulations".

Thank you in advance fo your help,

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