Proverbial Thursday – Global 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, 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.

Our final Proverb from Africa, for this series, comes from Kenya.

To be smiled at isn’t to be loved

– Kenyan proverb

Today I heard a very inspirational person speak about the Barefoot community. I have always believed in the value of traditional knowledge and skills and that pieces of paper (degrees) do not always trump common sense, inventiveness and logic. Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is an Indian social activist and educator who founded the Barefoot College in India and works to educate illiterate and semi literate rural Indians.

His quote relates clearly to his work but can his quote also relate to other matters?

Listen to the people on the ground.

They have all the solutions in the world

– Bunker Roy


I invite you to join in the discussion and leave  your comment about the quote and proverbs this week.

Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder Deeply About


17 thoughts on “Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdom”

    1. Good mooring to you too, Dai. How are things with you? Genuine and sincere smiles can make one’s day and light up a face. However some that smile with a hidden agenda can verge on the disturbing.

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  1. Had cataract surgery today and vision is too blurry to give a good response. But wanted to say I found a book of proverbs in my bookcase. Trying to downsize. Would you like to have it?

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  2. There is an old Chinese saying “beware the smiling tiger”…. so it is indeed true that being smiled at is not being “loved”…
    Folks on the ground usually try to find the best and simplest ways around problems they face everyday. Won’t want to repeat a laborious task the same way every day if one can simplify it right?

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    1. The people on the ground seem to know the practical pitfalls that beset projects better. They seem to be able to plan in their heads and foresee problems rather than relying on a particular methodology.

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