Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

I find there is profound wisdom in the proverbs, sayings and quotes of days past, and I marvel at the way these few words 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 think so too.

This week, I continue my proverbs shared from Sifiso’s Blog.

Proverbs are used widely in African culture. Wisdom passed on from generation to generation in these short thought provoking phrases.

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Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true

South African Proverb

and the quotes for this week come from an American Author:

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“Opportunities dance with those on the dance floor.”

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.”

– H Jackson Brown Jr.

Who do you think of, when you read the South African Proverb?

Is the first quote about exploitation or participation?

Can you find a better description of love, than H Jackson Brown Jr.?

I would be pleased to hear your comments.

I invite you to join in the discussion.

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Proverbial Thursday – Always Something to Ponder About

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10 thoughts on “Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

    1. Thank you. But just so as you don’t get the wrong idea about my blog, I do not publish religious proverbs, but rather those from all cultures and sectors of society that offer wise advice for those that follow.

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    1. I often find it hard to explain to children when they ask, what is love. I think this explanation really sums up the core of that complex emotion. But do you think there are other feelings wound up in it too, Unhinged?

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  1. Money is as mask. What lays behind it can only be seen when it is removed. We have a saying here: you can take a person out of a village, but you cannot take the village of a person. It was a vague reference to noveau riche behavior…

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    1. Mel & Suan: Money masks many things especially when it comes to the wealthier sectors of society. I like the thought that when money is taken out of the equation, one can see the bare bones and personal values without the pretensions of style, financial, cosmetic or materialistic adornments and enhancements that money can buy the privileged few. For instance, look at cosmetic surgery and what it masks. Not just sagging skin but also perhaps a person who finds it hard to accept reality or even their true ageing self. A rich financier might have an enviable lifestyle but unmasked he could be an abusive exploitationist in his dealings with family or clients, or, he might even be in a loveless relationship with a trophy wife. Money can buy lies or silence in criminal matters. This is quite negative, so I will also include a positive aspects of money “masking.” Money can mask an ugly ex-coal mine with land rehabilitation measures to improve the aesthetics or environmental quality of the area.
      Love the village quote. I have heard it before and I think it is true! And I can see the connection with the mask reference!!

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    2. Oh yeah, we cannot always look at a glass as half empty. Indeed money can also mask the bad too if it is employed appropriately. Remember, it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil and not the money itself!

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