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.
Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen.
Better a bird in hand then 10 in the forest – Swedish
and the quote this week, is a departure from Nietzsche’s words of previous weeks:
“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” – Boris Pasternak
and this also from the author of Dr Zhivago:
Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
[Boris L. Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. His… first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language.- Wikipedia]
Do you agree with today’s words? Is surprise the greatest of all gifts from life?
Was Boris correct about the purpose of literature?
And what do you make of the wry humour in the Swedish proverb?
I would love to hear your thoughts so please share them.
Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder About