Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

Proverbs and sayings provide us with wise words, hitherto uttered by generally anonymous folk. Said ever so succinctly, and eloquently, that a thousand meanings can be revealed in a few succinct words.



Oftentimes, these wise words are general rules for life itself, and come from all corners of the world.  Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation, almost as if our ancestors are speaking to us themselves.

Each Thursday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This week’s proverbial offerings is a departure from the current series of African proverbs, revisiting Norway and the proverb from there, I belive, pertains to journeys and destinations, perhaps. What do you think?

He who follows the river comes at last to the sea

– Norwegian proverb


“If only we could pull out our brains and use only our eyes.”

Pablo Picasso



The appreciation of art is sometimes a little obscure, particularly for those people who are logical  and driven. Was Picasso referring to art appreciation or a wider interpretation of the world?

I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Join in the discussion. Every comment is welcome.

Proverbial Thursdays – Something esoteric to Ponder About


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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4 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

  1. I believe Picasso was insinuating that we often over-think some things, when close observations would reveal almost as much.

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    • Great interpretations, Alejandro! I can absolutely see that too. Picasso might also have been encouraging us to look and feel the emotion, rather than process the theoretics of art?


  2. Since my eyes are not so good at seeing the beauty around me, I tend to look at things more with my heart. Watching the sunrise in the morning, or the mist on a rainy day are not things they eyes can fully behold so I let my heart feel it. I agree with Picasso. Don’t over analyze art. It just is.

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    • Don’t analyze art. Yes this seems to be what Picassi is saying. It is a shame that as we age, we can appreciate art and beauty around us more and more, yet this coincides with a time when some of our senses begin to diminish: ie. Sight and hearing. So then as you so wisely put it Marlene, we have to let one’s heart ‘feel’ it. Mist on a rainy day seems incredibly beautiful to me and yet I hear lamentful complaints in the community grumbing about the rotten weather. They haven’t yet felt this beauty in their heart. Perhaps as they age, they will. Thank you for your beautiful comment. As I read it, I reflected on misty mornings and ethereal sunrises. Those mental images can even start my heart singing!!

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