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.

Idleness breeds lust – Chinese proverb

Mired in self-doubt, he was embarrassed by the praise he received but was gladdened to see his labor of love make a lasting imprint on culture. Hamblyn captures the root of this ambivalence:

“Most pioneers are at the mercy of doubt at the beginning, whether of their worth, of their theories, or of the whole enigmatic field in which they labour.”

Something proverbial to ponder about

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

  1. I love that quote by Hamblyn. Funny thing is, though a lot of the time a lot of us struggle to give praise and seem to find it easy to bring down others, we are shy when we receive praise…odd isn’t it. Sometimes self-doubt isn’t all that bad since it leads us to question what we are doing and what is important to us. Then again, too much self-doubt we might find it hard to move forwards. Sometimes we self-doubt because we are afraid of being judged – which is probably because we strive to please others. We really shouldn’t, because happiness starts from within, inside then out.


    1. Self doubt seems linked to our concept of self worth and of course, our level of self confidence. Setting achievable goals can help to boost our motivation and confidence and little by little one’s self worth may improve. If it is in our personality, those niggling self doubts crop up to zap our confidence particularly when we feel down or have been rejected. Crucial to overcoming self doubt, is positive support from our trusted circle. If you have a friend/family you can overcome any doubts. Then again, blind is the fool who never ever doubts himself!!Thanks again for your comment, Mabel!

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