Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from Around the World

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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 blind chicken will often find an ear of corn.”Austrian Proverb

Once you realise your past is just a story, it has no power over you

– Author Unknown

Something Proverbial to Ponder About


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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21 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from Around the World

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    I like the second quote. The past is past. What has happened, has happened and we can’t change that. Fact. To move forwards and be the best whom we can be, we have to acknowledge what has happened and focus on the present. There’s always tomorrow to turn over a new leaf and begin again. Then again, I believe sometimes the past is a learning curve – we should only look back at the past when learning a lesson or helping someone along.

    I have no idea what the first proverb means. No clue at all 😀


  2. Rokendemeisjes en loeiende koejen zijn Selden goejen. Smoking girls and noisy cows are hardly ever goes ones. Dutch


  3. I love the quote of Buddah. If we are kind, gentle and caring to ourselves, we will know how to respect and honor others. Without compassion, there is no love, no hope, and life holds no meaning.

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  4. Paula says:

    Both true. The Austrian one is often quoted in my country 🙂 I’d like to share this with you Amanda. The one I posted last Wednesday. “Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.”
    – William J.H. Boetcker


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