Proverbial Thursday – Words of Wisdom

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.

Firstly, this week I have selected a Native American Proverb:


The quotes I have chosen this week, each revolve around Effort – yet in a different sense.


Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be

-Bruce Lee

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What do you make of Churchill’s quote? Would you dispute that intelligence and strength are irrelevant?

Can you see the irony in Lee’s quote?

And can we not be wise in the present time? What could the Native Americans be alluding to, with their proverb?


Proverbial Thursday is Something Serious to Ponder About

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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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5 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Words of Wisdom

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Strength and intelligence are important, but continuous effort is what usually gets us there in the end. Obviously there are exceptions.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I am sure we could find many exceptions, but you are right, Peggy, in that it is the effort, that resilience, to continue striving for something, through thick and thin that more often than not, gets us over the finishing line. Although Churchill’s early days as a politician I believe, were flawed, I have to admire this quote from him, in that it has so many applications to real life situations. Life isn’t always easy and we have to push through challenges in many forms. Those that give up miss the chance to experience a sense of achievement and a valuable lesson in life. Do you think continuous effort, or pushing through, is something people might intuitively know, or have as a personality trait? Alternatively, is it a learned characteristic?

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    • leggypeggy says:

      So may know it intuitively but I think it’s learned. I can still hear my dad saying to all his daughters, ‘You can do anything if you are willing to put in the effort’.

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    • So by and large, Peggy, it sounds like it is a nurture versus nature attribute. Another significant lesson for children to acquire before they reach adulthood?

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    • leggypeggy says:

      We should never discourage anyone from pursuing the goals they want to achieve in life.

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