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.

I think today’s offerings relate to age and our attitudes towards it. What do you think?

Alderen kjem ikkje aleine; han fører så mye med seg.

(Age comes not alone; it brings so much with it)

-Norwegian Proverb

“I am not a has-been. I am a will be.” – Lauren Bacall

Proverbial sml

Something to Ponder About

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

  1. Met de hoed in de hand kom je door het ganze land.
    With hat held in hand you’ll get everywhere. (be civil and polite and you’ll get far)

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  2. I love the first quote! It takes a lifetime to accumulate who we are, the journeys, the sidesteps, the late arrivals. In the end, wisdom gained is our greatest reward.
    ❤️

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  3. nowathome says:

    true words! age brings a lot with it!

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  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    The second quote is such a find. And yes, very relatable to age. So often we are changing and developing as people – we’re always gaining experiences and the mind learns as we grow. Along with that, our personalities change too. So really, there is no such thing as a “has-been”. Also, there is so much ahead of us, so much more to learn, see and feel in the years ahead. We can always choose to become someone, our “will be”, and then we will keep rolling on to become another person…hopefully a better version of ourselves.

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    • It might even motivate some of us to make goals or a five year plan, something I am not good at doing. Two year plans maybe but five years is too far away for me to be realist about them. Lauren’s words are really positive and this attracted me to the quote. I am glad it struck a chord with you Mabel.

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  5. milliethom says:

    I really like both of these proverbs, Amanda. 🙂 Lauran Bacall’s is such a positive, determined saying and the other engenders memories of our travels through life and what we have achieved. Looked at from a humorous angle, the second one could also refer to all the wrinkles, grey hair and various aches and pains associated with ageing! lol 🙂

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