Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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

Proverbial thursdfly sml 3932“Hunger er den beste kokk”–Hunger is the best sauce –Norwegian Proverb

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

and a final anonymous quote, but a very poignant comment on society today:

Hate is easy. Love takes courage.

Something to ponder about today.


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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24 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

  1. mukhamani says:

    So beautiful , and very true. Thanks.

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  2. I always look forward to your posts. They offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of our every day lives; a time to reflect, ponder and gives thanks.


    • Aw, Coffee, you say the nicest things. I feel happy that I have added a little moment to the lives of other people somewhere in the world.

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    • Sometimes we get so harried that we don’t carve out the time to really “see”. It is as if we won’t allow ourselves to reflect. I know, before I had children, and I was working my career, my world focus was climbing the corporate latter, the rat race one. When I became a mother every bit of me changed. My children gave me back my ‘eyes.’

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    • They do, life becomes busier with children yet the pace is slower because the deadlines are more flexible, and fun is always allowed!! That is what is missing from the corporate world. Plus kids give you more rewards back, except in the case of money!!!

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  3. Tara says:

    All amazing quotes. Imagine coming out with something like that!

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  4. Farid says:

    Hate and anger are easy, yeah. But love takes courage. Wise !


  5. scrapydotwo says:

    First one sounds nearly the same in Afrikaans : Honger is die beste kok.

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  6. Mabel Kwong says:

    Love the second quote, Amanda. Very deep and profound. It got me thinking about being in a group versus being alone. When we’re in a group, we might shine because we have other shining lights to help us out – we’ve got someone to back us up. When our friends leave us and when we’re alone, it’s so easy to hide away and moan about being alone and hating on the world for leaving us alone…but it takes a lot of courage to pick up something and stick to it doing it alone, especially if it’s something we love. And that sort of ties in with the second quote 🙂


  7. milliethom says:

    I think the one by Elisabeth Kübler- Ross is really beautiful. Although the other two are also meaningful, that one stands out for me.

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  8. Spreken is silver zweigen is goud. To speak is silver, to remain quiet is gold..

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  9. Leya says:

    We have the same in Sweden as in Norway: “Hunger är den bästa kocken.” I like the other ones too – and the last one is really spot on. Unfortunately.


    • Thanks for the swedish translation, Ann-Christine. The last saying has really hit “home”for me in our troubled times. It reminds us to be strong and not get stuck in negativity. Thanks for your comment.

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  10. Paula says:

    True, true, true!


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