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 Proverbial thursdfly sml 3932so 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.


You do not find what you do not seek.
-Old English Proverb

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”

  • Winston Churchill

Some Wise Words to Ponder About


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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7 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from Around the World

  1. ‘Sparen is garen’. To save is to gather. A very typical Dutch saying, . The Dutch used to love saving. Squandering has probably replaced this good old habit.


  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Love the Churchill quote. When we fail, it’s another lesson, a test of our strength and faith, and our love for what we’re trying to achieve. If we love it enough and truly love it, enthusiasm shouldn’t fade – because without chasing it we feel empty. Through it all, we learn patience and probably to be greatful for what we have already too.

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    • I thank you Mabel for your always interesting comment. The modern world often focuses too much on success when mistakes are a way to open the door for growth, learning and change! All terribly useful.


    • Mabel Kwong says:

      I think the modern world also likes to see people fall, and bring that to everyone else’s attention for a bit of a laugh or feeling of ‘glad that didn’t happen to us’. Which is a very sad thing, because you’re right, mistakes open the door for learning and improving.

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    • There is a bit of the tall poppy syndrome in what you say. it is a shame that people revel in other’s misfortune.

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  3. M-R says:

    Both completely practical and common-sensical ! – I approve ! [grin]

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