Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings 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.

The bird flies high, but always returns to the earth.
-Nigerian Proverb

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
Rita Mae Brown

Something proverbial to ponder about today

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

  1. milliethom says:

    Two really good proverbs, Amanda. I love the imagery in the first as much as its meaning. I take it to mean that no matter how important or successful we become in life, we should never forsake our roots – i.e. the family and friends who knew us before.
    As for the second one,it’s just so true. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for sharing your interpretation, Millie. I agree with you. Words can convey so much to the reader in a myriad of ways. You are particularly adept at that, so you must have a few sayings of your own?

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    • milliethom says:

      You’re so right about the myriad ways. I
      suppose that’s what makes it all so interesting. How we interpret words, as anything else, depends on our own experieces in life, I suppose. Anyway, i really liked the quote. 🙂 As for having my own… I could probably share some very English ones, which may not be well known elsewhere. They’re more just ‘sayings ‘ than quotes by recognised people – poets, politicians and so on, as you cleverly put on your posts. I’ve thought of having a one day a week post for old sayings, but I’m not sure how long I could make it last for! I’d probably run out of sayings after a few months!

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    • I would love to hear those old english sayings. You could do a guest post one proverbial thursday on my blog as a way of introducing your sayings feature, if it would help??. Anyway let me know and I can link it up on my posts.

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    • milliethom says:

      Wow, Amanda, that’s a generous offer. I’ll have a real think about whether I could make the posts last and get back to you. Thank you so much for that suggestion.

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  2. Rita’s words ring loud and true!

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    • Absolutely, Coffee. A sensible warning about towing the line. Reminds me of a chief justice here in Australia who said citizens have the right to “rebel” – within reason of course….(we don’t want complete anarchy)

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