Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverb and Sayings


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 do, as well. I would love to hear your comments on the words shared here.

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first

– Chinese Proverb

Do you agree with the Chinese proverb that those receiving things for free undervalue their gift?  If so, then are the paying customers artificially inflating the worth of the play because it has cost them the entrance ticket.

And what of the specialist paid critic, who may receive a free ticket but gets paid to do a job? is the line blurred?

and this:

“The only way to be cool is accidentally”

-Benjamin Taylor (son of James Taylor)

Is this necessarily true?

Ben Taylor may have felt he was ‘cool’ due to his fortuitous birth to two music icons, but what really is ‘cool?’ Is it the ability to read people and be articulate, attuned to others, empathic and an all round nice person, that makes for popularity?

The cool kids at school were not always the nicest nor the most articulate, more sassy, I think. So did they have an intangible charisma? Is this really the definition of cool?

I invite you to comment or post your thoughts.

Something to Ponder About this Thursday.



14 thoughts on “Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverb and Sayings”

  1. I don’t agree with it and I have heard so many other iterations of it.
    Free things are in fact the most valuable in the world.
    Love. Beauty. Nature. Life. Health. Plants. Animals. Children.
    Just to name a couple.
    Love your post! It moved me to comment~

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    1. I absolutely agree that those free things you mentioned are the best and most valuable in the world. So valuable that one cannot put a price on them. The proverb perhaps is relating more to material possessions perhaps? Or the tendency for some people to overly focus on materialist possessions. “The best thing in life are free” And we are all born in a world which potentially surrounds us with these joyous things.


    1. Many of us fall into a trap of valuing things based on monetary worth. Some many things in love, as Cindy mentioned, are either free, intangible or can be appreciated and valued for free. However, it seems many people do not value anything that has not cost them something, usually in reference to an amount of money. Helping and charitable handouts, loans, and borrowing items that belong to others, does not seem to engender the same level of care, appreciation, or interest because there has been no monetary unit transferred or attached to it. Perhaps the proverb refers to people with mindsets overly fixated with valuables that are worth money,Mel & Suan?

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        1. Oh! I like that interpretation very much! There are so many hidden meanings and layers in proverbs that are so easily lost in translation. Thanks ever so much for commenting! It has opened my eyes to other nuances in the words. I have taken it far too literally.

          And in cherishing those things in front of us, which may be material or immaterial, earned, achieved or given for free, we can truly appreciate them in a deeper sense! In its literal reference, the audience can cherish the actors and the play so much more!

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            1. Exactly why I like to post international, Multicultural proverbs and sayings that either directly or indirectly (via comments such as yours) challenge our perceptions and increase cultural understanding.

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