Proverbial Friday – Quitting

If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.  ~ Chinese Proverb

Weekly Quotes

I may have shared the Gandhi quote previously, but it is soberingly valuable words to repeat: –

  • “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.–Mahatma Gandhi

  • You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.” –Rene Descartes

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.

I invite you to join in the discussion by leaving a comment,

as everyone’s opinion is important.

What is yours?

Does Descartes’ words resonate with you? Have you gained insight after pushing too much?

And why might the Chinese be emphatic about a Quitting time?

Proverbial Friday gives you something profound to ponder about.
Now posting on Fridays

8 thoughts on “Proverbial Friday – Quitting”

    1. It is a statement that us easy to remember, to the point and delivers wisdom in a profound way. We will all go blind trying to exact revenge a we forget that there are misunderstandings, different interpretations of the same event, based on our own unique histories and perspectives which we bring to the table, and other matters such as bias, forgetfulness, submissiveness, politics, confusion, energy levels and health, stubbornness and anger that all coelsce to play a role in how we react to events, situations and news. A knee jerk reaction without empathetic understanding is bound to end in disaster. Have you heard this saying before?


  1. The Chinese proverb made me laugh. On hot summer days, my mother used to organise neighbourhood water fights. It was girls versus boys, one group on each side of the street. It lasted 15 minutes or until the referee (my mum) got wet. Which ever came first. I don’t recall her ever getting wet. I think we feared she might stop organising them.

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