Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

Proverbial smlI 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.

Bedre bør du bær “kje i bakken enn mannavit mykje”– Norwegian Proverb 

(loosely translated) You can’t carry a better load up a hill than much knowledge.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential –  Winston Churchill

One of the first times I have agreed with Churchill! He certainly some great quotes!

Something proverbial to ponder about this Thursday

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

  1. Both quotes are wonderful. Thanks.

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  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Love the Churchill quote. Habit came to my mind when I read it. If we learn how to do something regularly, we learn the art of patience and hard work. Working at something regularly, often we will encounter more questions than we had at the start – which is a good thing because by asking questions, that’s how we learn. Earlier this year, I wanted to be a better writer and told myself that this year, each day I’ll sit down and write 500 words a day of random writing (what happened today, my thoughts on current affairs etc.). Through writing consistently, words come to me easier now. Hope you had a good week, weekend’s not too far away 🙂

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  3. milliethom says:

    I like and agree with both quotes. The Norwegian one is just so true. As for the second, I must admit, I couldn’t think of any other Churchill quotes offhand (following on from your comment here, Amanda, about him writing some great quotes). I can see that he wrote a lot about never giving up, persevering, never looking back and so on – as well as other very meaningful ones. So, I definitely agree with your comment, too.

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    • Well Churchill definitely made mistakes yet it certainly didn’t deter him from his set political course, and this is an admirable quality. I expect most teachers would agree with you in tespect of the “Norsk ordtak” (Norwegian proverb). And I consider a mother’s role towards a child to be similarly so.

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    • milliethom says:

      Yes, it’s certainly the teacher in me that likes the Norse proverb. 🙂 And as for Churchill’s mistakes, I can only agree! Two good proverbs to think about this week, so thank you for that.

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