Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

From Africa this week:geranium1

“A building of sand falls as you build it.” – Cameroonian Proverb

Aesop once wrote, “In trying to please all, he had pleased none.”

 

Something to Ponder About

 

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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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6 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    I love meaningful quotes and proverbs. Thanks for sharing these two. Certainly food for thought. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we get no where in the end. We all have our limits and can only do so much. Sometimes we have to turn to others – or leave behind them or our past – in order to move forward 🙂

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  2. When I was doing my master, I was stuck in a room with people from all four corners of the world. The African would teach me a proverb in Swahili every week, just because it was a way of lightening our moods a bit. Chura anapenda maji lakini sio ya moto – Frog likes water, but not hot water. 🙂

    Incidentally – Ivar Aasen, the father of New Norwegian also had a proverb for what Aesop expresses here: Til lågs åt alle kan ingen gjera. (No one can please everyone)

    Happy Thursday!

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