Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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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.

Two Danish perls of wisdom this week, although the proverb to me seems a little harsh!

 

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Danish Proverb

 

Den de vover, mister fodfæste for en tid. Den, der intet vover, mister sig selv.

He who dares, loses his footing for a time. He who dares not, loses himself

Søren Kirkegård

 

 

Some Profound Wisdoms 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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12 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

  1. De liefde kent vlek nog gebrek. A dutch proverb.
    When you are in love you do not see any faults or shortcomings. ( love makes blind)

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  2. scrapydotwo says:

    The Afrikaans For the first one : Die pad na die hel is uitgele met goeie voornemens. My husband used it a lot when “bad” things started to happen

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  3. Mentiras tem pernas curtas.
    Lies have short legs.

    Meaning: Don’t lie as you’ll soon be caught.

    PS. I started a challenge for proverbs last year but discontinued it as people didn’t seem interested.
    I find it a fascinating way to learn about other cultures.

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    • Lies have short legs!! I love it. What language is the original? I am sorry I missed your challenge, as I would surely have participated. Perhaps we could think about doing this kind of thing again? As there are a few who have been contributing here?

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  4. milliethom says:

    I’ve heard the first one (or something like it) before, but I really like the second one. It’s so meaningful.

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  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Oooh, the second quote is fabulous. We all have to lose our footing at some point – that throws us out of our comfort zone. By falling, we learn to pick up ourselves and find out that the world does not stop when we lose our footing and fall. Thank you for sharing these pearls of wisdom 🙂

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