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.

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Stolen food is never tasty but a meal shared with friends is delicious. – Unknown Origin

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the willingness to deal with them joyfully. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Something to Ponder About


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

  1. Oh my! Both of these are wonderful. I can’t pick a favorite; they’re both quite special. ☕️❤️

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  2. I love the one about sharing with friends, its beautiful

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  3. I can certainly attest to the first. There is nothing better than breaking bread (or tortillas) with friends.

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  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    I wonder what is stolen food? Certainly a meal shared with others is very much enjoyable. Even if you are eating in silence and provided you have good/neutral relations with one another, it feels cozy…after all, presence speaks a thousand words.

    The second quote: it’s a matter of perspective. We can choose to look at problems as things that bring us down or make us stronger. Certainly there’s a workaround to most problems. However, at times certain problems can eat you from within, especially the kind of problems that eat away at the mind… Problems are a fact of life and often out of our control. Perhaps best to roll with them and try our best to look forwards and be positive. I don’t know.


  5. Leya says:

    The first one we often use in Sweden, but the second one is more difficult. I agree with Mabel here.


  6. milliethom says:

    The first one, I think, is very true. I imagine the guilt of having stolen food (or anything) would completely ruin any enjoyment of it. I’m generalising regarding people, here. Most people would have a conscience – but I know there are others who would suffer no pangs of guilt whatsoever. They would likely delight in having ‘got away’ with the theft. And sharing anything with friends is always good.
    I really like the second quote, too. To me, dealing with problems in life is down to our attitude to them in the first place. If we believe in the ‘woe is me’ idea, and that nothing can improve our situation, we will never be happy. Working to alleviate problems positively, if not exactly joyfully, is likely to make us feel good about ourselves – and thus happier.
    Both excellent quotes, and very thought provoking again, Amanda.

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    • Thanks so much, Millie. Yes, there are those folk who don’t have honest values embedded in their minds, sadly. I do believe that some people can assist the brain and activate more positive thinking neuro chemical pathways if we practice “glass half full” thinking. Of course it depends on many circumstances and health factors.

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    • milliethom says:

      The ‘glass half full’ idea always
      comes to mind when I’m feeling sorry for myself. It soon gets me out of it. I agree with everything depending on circumstances and health factors, too.

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  7. cocoaupnorth says:

    Yep! That second quote is so spot on.

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