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, these global words of advice 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 think so too.
This week’s Proverb:
Do not throw the arrow which will return against you
– Kurdish Proverb
The Kurds are one of the ethnic grouping of indigenous people of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what are now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia. [Wikipedia]
Do you see the Kurdish proverb as a warning that is often ignored?
I think it can be applied to life in many different ways. What is your interpretation?
The weekly quote comes from the Buddhist world is a little less direct in its meaning:
“Few among men are they who cross over to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on the side.”
“Dhammapada,” is a compound term composed of dhamma and pada…. dhamma can refer to the Buddha’s “doctrine” or an “eternal truth” or “righteousness” or all “phenomena”;, pada means “foot” and thus: “path.”
According to tradition, the Dhammapada’s verses were spoken by Buddha on various occasions. “By distilling the complex models, theories, rhetorical style and sheer volume of the Buddha’s teachings into concise, crystalline verses, the Dhammapada makes the Buddhist way of life available to anyone.” [Wikipedia]
I invite you to share your thoughts in a comment. Tell me what you make of the Buddhist quote, or the Kurdish proverb.
Proverbial Thursday gives you Something to Ponder About