Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs

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.Proverbial thursdfly sml 3932

“Liten tue kan velte stort lass”–Little strokes fell great oaks.

Norwegian proverb

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
― Confucius


Something proverbial to ponder about


24 thoughts on “Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs”

    1. Thanks Coffee. The Confucian quote is quite special. I am going to do a little series of them on Proverbial Thursday.His writings are incredibly intuitive about life! I do think he is trying to teach me to trust others more with this saying. What do you make of the Norwegian one, Coffee?

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      1. I love the Norwegian quote, as I grow mighty oaks. I know of no other tree that can withstand the wind, hail or drought as an oak, but if we fail to trim them, provide ample amounts of sun, they can succumb to the pressures over time. Great, strong individuals will wither under stress, as well. We must nurture one another. Our strength is only as mighty as our collective souls.

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        1. Extremely well said. I love this interpretation of yours. At times, I doubt the strength of the himan spirit but then each day carries new possibilities. I am not that familiar with oak trees as they are not so common in sub tropical areas. I do admire all trees however and value particularly the old long lived species. It is true, we must nurture one another as we must nurture the new seedlings that grow under the shelter of the aging tree. Thanks so much for your awesome comment.😆

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  1. I thought this week’s proverbs are a bit challenging. First quote: Every small step counts. Each dream starts with a step and the choice to make a change and go for what we want to achieve. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Work hard and in the long run we may reap rewards.

    Second quote: I’m not sure if I’ve ever distrusted a friend before. If I did, I don’t think I’ll be calling them my friend, probably an acquaintance or a stranger. Then again, the people we call friends change over time. Distrust comes from within, and if we mis-distrust someone then I don’t think it will sit well with those of us who hold certain morals.


    1. It is always useful to keep the value of small steps in mind when aiming for a goal or dream. Thanks for reminding us, Mabel. As for the second quote. I trust people generally but always hold a little caution in reserve. So, for me there was a learning lesson in this proverb. Friends will sometimes be unreliable, and this prevents me from giving then my total and imlicit trust. But, perhaps I have high expectations? Even so, I would not regard them as untrustworthy, it is just the “cautious” me.

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  2. I love the Norwegian proverb and think it is true. I believe that continuous, small actions, or efforts, will result in big deeds – or perhaps a desired end goal or target. This goal could be important…even momentous, or just plain necassary, The proverb could also advocate perseverance. Just keep going, regardless of making little progess each day, and you’ll reach your desired goal eventually.
    I also think Confucius is right. If we mistrust our friends, who can we trust in life? Our friends deserve our trust, unless something unfortunate happens to destroy that trust (as in they deceive us).
    Both proverbs are thought-provoking, as always, Amanda.


    1. I am glad you like the proverbs, Millie.I agree with you about the Norwegian one. If one has the mindset to persevere, it does not matter if the goal is too big, or out of reach. What matters more is the journey, as we learn so much along the way to the destination. And Confucius is extremely wise, and I have already taken on board what he says in this proverb. However, should we throw caution to the wind? NO, so how can we balance trust so that we aren’t completely foolish, especially with new friends? This is what I am pondering about.

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      1. I agree, the Confucius proverb is a tricky one regarding new-found friends. It takes time to get to know people and would be foolish to put full trust in anyone until we do. Both great proverbs, Amanda, and I enjoyed contemplating their meanings.

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        1. It is actually a lot of fun (to me, anyway) pondering the varying meanings andthen the many insightful coments by you and others make it even more so. Thanks, Millie.

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          1. I can tell you enjoy reasoning your way through these proverbs by your great comments. Your ‘ponderings’ leave few stones unturned. That’s what makes it such a great post to follow each week.

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            1. Oh thanks! Similarly, you often use a word/words in your comments that I am searching for, but am unable to retrieve. I guess that is the hallmark of a writer!

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            2. You are a great writer, Amanda. All the pieces I’ve read of yours recently are excellent. You certainly have no shortage of vocabulary at your disposal. I know you’re a wonderful artist, but I think there just may be a book/novel in you somewhere, too.

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            3. I’m guessing you could write a great historical fiction, but probably an equally good contemporary novel. I know that’s easy for me to say. You have to be the one to fit writing into your already busy life. All I’m saying really, is that you definitely have the writing skills to write a book. I could never have fitted writing into my life when I was younger – too many children as well as a teaching career. You may feel the same about all your commitments right now. But never say never…

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