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.

A life without love is like a year without summer“ – Swedish proverb

Sometimes the things you really want sneak in the back door. Notice! – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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Something 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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10 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from Around the World

  1. milliethom says:

    The first proverb is so true. A year without summer would stop, or considerably slow down, all vegetation growth – which would have a profound effect on all ecosystems. In the same way, a life without love would make us unfulfilled and unable to grow and bloom as we should.
    The second one is also very true. Sometimes we can just be too busy bemoaning what we haven’t got to see them actually starting to happen. Sometimes really good things happen that we hadn’t craved for, too.

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    • The environmentalist/geography teacher is speaking there! But I wholeheartedly agree! Love and affection is a basic human need or else we wither and die, in mind or reality. Longed for desires or surprises are both very welcome. I also took this quote to mean that we should not take things for granted. How many times do we hear that story about wishing our babies were older or out of nappues etc then become nostalgic about the past cuddly baby that is now an independant teenager who refuses a loving hug from parents. Great comment Millie! It sounds like you are back home and settled in to work at the computer again?

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    • milliethom says:

      Yes, we’re home and back to normal now. I put a comment about being late to your posts a minute ago. I hate missing people’s posts and always try to catch up with at least a few of them. 🙂
      It’s funny you should say that about wishing babies would hurry up and grow up. I remember thinking that when my six were all young, and now all I do is wish those days were back again. Perhaps a part of it is that I just don’t like getting old, either. 😦

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    • Absolutely, I agree and am also guilty of that. It is so difficult to find a balance when life is on the young family rollercoaster. It feels like that time of life goes by at such a cracking pace we can only stop and reflecy once the children are independent! It is a shame but I really don’t miss the sleep deprivation!!!

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    • milliethom says:

      Totally agree. But at the time – and we’re still young – we just get on with things and take lack of sleep in our stride.

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    • This is why I think it is more difficult for first time Mums that are in their late thirties/early forties. I certainly felt the difference between coping with a new bub in my late twenties when compared to my late thirties. My stamina was much reduced, but I took solace in the fact that it was my last child and I knew there was an end to the sleep deprivation, in ‘sight.’ What did you find was your best coping mechanism?

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    • milliethom says:

      I was 37 when I had my sixth child. I found it tiring, although by then things had been hectic for eleven years, since the first child was born. I remember nodding off whilst breast feeding because I was so tired, but not for long. I haven’t any real coping mechanisms, other that grit and determination. I could cope with lack of sleep better then than I can now.

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    • Sounds familiar to me about the nodding off, I mean. ☺

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  2. That Swedish proverb is even more poignant when you consider how severe the Swedish winters are! Saw you on Dina’s blog and dropped by. I like this post, and I look forward to seeing more. Cheers, Brenda

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    • Thanks for your comment, Brenda. I am really glad you dropped by and found my blog interesting. I am sure the Swedes had their winters in mind when they created this proverb. And we all need to feel loved. I will pop over and visit your blog now.

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