Proverbial Thursday – Wisdom for All

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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. Valuable life lessons.  Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

So, with that in mind, each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying, and a Quote from different cultures and parts of the world, that I have found thought-provoking. I hope you think so too. I invite you to comment on your thoughts behind the meaning of these, often enigmatic, words.

You are very welcome to join in the discussion!

You can find previous Proverbial Thursday Quotes here – some of the discussions are fascinating.

 

 

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Endurance produces character, and character produces hope – Unknown

 

 

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As the day draws to a close, I am feeling a bit exhausted, so this quote found relevance in my life:

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Emerson’s “nature” was more philosophical than naturalistic: “Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul”.

 

Waldo Emerson is also well-known as a mentor and friend of Henry David Thoreau, a fellow transcendentalist, whose quote were showcased here.

Discussion:

It is a shame that we aren’t able to credit the proverb with any particular person. To me, this means it is sage-ful advice gleaned from many disappointments and sorrow. There is a positive we can draw from adversity. Hope is so important in our sometimes troubled lives. For some, hope is all they have.

 

Has keeping ‘Hope’ alive, helped you through some tough times?

Is it too difficult to put Emerson’s quote into practice? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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About Forestwoodfolk

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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8 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Wisdom for All

  1. leggypeggy says:

    I’ll do my best to leave today behind when I head to bed.

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  2. webdaadi says:

    You have written beautiful post, happy to read and comment 🙂

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  3. Mel & Suan says:

    Endurance. That is a word that will be drummed into you when you go through boot camp. Endurance may or may not produce character, but it certainly produces grit.
    And if we live each day to the fullest, retire at the end of it feeling satisfied.

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    • Live each day to the fullest! Absolutely. Life is fragile and not to be taken for granted, yet we all so often do.
      Endurance is oftentimes synonymous with pain,but also determination. It is so much easier to quit, or give up, but persisting might reward us with that sense of satisfaction. And the power of reward and satisfaction to elevate mood can not be underestimated. For some boot camp can be torturous, and these are the people whose character may not yet or may never be fully developed in the area of stamina. But it may not need to be either.
      For others, they doubt their ability and if they push through the barriers, they can often surprise themselves in a positive way. Still others, revel in the challenge and problem solving areas. Perhaps, these are the people for whom the quote referred, Mel & Suan?

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    • Mel & Suan says:

      Yes, pure grit and determination indeed endurance will also impart.

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