Proverbial Friday –


Proverbs and sayings often provide us with wise words from all corners of the world.  Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation. Each Friday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Each Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you think so too.

Continuing our theme of love this week, a wonderful quote from a very inspirational speaker says much in its words: –

“I have decided to stick with Love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr

When we hate others we are really saying to ourselves that we are okay and others are not and we allow ourselves to blame others. It is your fault! Either way hating someone else makes us feel lousy and the following proverb alludes to this:

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself –

Native American Proverb (Pima)


A sobering thought this Thursday at Something To Ponder About


12 thoughts on “Proverbial Friday –”

  1. Both wonderful quotes that underline the importance of human relationships. Both remind me of the detrimental effects on the person who can’t forgive so carries a burden of hate/resentment/etc.

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    1. Hatred and the inability to forgive does eat a person up from the inside in many cases, Peggy. I wonder if their inability to forgive is a form of revenge to punish the offender in their own mind? They see forgiveness as equivalent to ‘giving in’ – they might prefer to save face or be seen to be the righteous one?

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    1. If only it was that easy, Mel and Suan. I think it might help to include good communication, assertiveness and conflict resolution training in secondary schools. Many of us inadvertantly learn bad habits that block good communication as we grow up.

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      1. Yes that’s unfortunate. There has to be a fine balance to be achieved. We do not want individuals who cannot assert themselves, but neither do we want it to be overbearing. This is going to be hard!


        1. Yes indeed. We may ever completely achieve that sense of balance between assertiveness and quiet collegial communication, however that means we will always have something to strive for and work towards.

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  2. I liked both quotes. Anything that involves love feels lighter. When you sit with feelings of hatred, those feelings have weight and they feel heavy. I found that all negative feelings are a heavy burden to carry so if I can’t resolve the situation, I remove myself from it and send loving thoughts. The second one is very much in the same vein but in doing revenge kinds of behaviors, you truly end up only hurting yourself by them. I can guarantee that one. 😦

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  3. The physical and mental weight of carrying ill feelings, resentment and even hatred exact a brutal toll in some who have a conscience. It might even damage their self concept and in addition, affect their eating or sleeping patterns and immunity. As hard as it may be for some to let go of these feelings, this price is too high. No one likes an embittered person raging with spite.


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