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.

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
-Latin Proverb

Photography takes an instant out of time altering life by holding it still  

Dorothy Lange


16 thoughts on “Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World”

  1. I like the first proverb, but I think that many of us do learn by our own mistakes. I’m not sure that everyone can be classed as a fool for doing so. I really like the way the second quote is phrased.


    1. I hesitated before posting this Millie because I felt the same as you , at least initially. But I then felt that perhaps they were suggesting that we could learn so much more by observing others. For example, if someones takes a shortcut and crosses the road in an unsafe place and nearly gets hit by a car, we don’t have to do it ourselves to learn from it. I am sure there are better examples of what I mean.

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      1. You’re absolutely right, we can definitely learn by observing others. I didn’t make that point, Amanda, which I should have done. It’s just that it seemed to say that we can’t learn from our own mistakes – which I’m sure so many of us do. I know I have done on many occasions! I think there’s a place for both ways. I’m sorry if you thought I was being negative about the proverb, because, in fact, I found it very thought-provoking.

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  2. I like this proverb. I’ve always been one to learn from other people’s mistakes, once I saw their consequences. I mean, I didn’t see the point of getting burned by the same hot stove that Johnny got burned by, especially when I saw how much pain he was in, but that’s just me. Everyone is different.

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  3. The second proverb I found fascinating. Maybe it’s because I’m working on a post about photography for the end of the month. The “altering life” caught me especially. There can be a thousand stories within a photo, sometimes we only discover them when we come back and have a second look at the photo. In short, there is always more than meets the eye when it comes to photography and taking photos.

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    1. It is s great quote, Mabel and one I often ponder about. We are so fortunate to have photos to study and enjoy at a later date, particularly when it comes to photos of kids, who grow up all too quickly or moments in history. Thanks for your comment. Always appreciated.


      1. I love looking and studying photos after I’ve taken them. Could do that for a whole afternoon. I also find the process of taking photos fascinating…which was how I was thinking of the quote initially.

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  4. I love the photography quote. We freeze frame time, and if we are fortunate, years later we are able to remember the sites, sounds and smells.
    Thank you for sharing the wisdom.


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