Sunday Sayings

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.

Under capitalism man exploits man;

under socialism the reverse is true.

~Polish proverb

The following quote comes from a rapper. Whilst there are few rap songs I like, these words filled me with a sense of hope – even for those who have lost it all.


“No matter how dirty your past is,

your future is still spotless.”


–Drake (Canadian rapper)

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    • Absolutely Lisa. That second quote makes one think that the future can be a fresh start. A reset. Always another chance. Inspirational for those who feel like they have not much hope in life. As for the first one, I think it is interesting that it is a Polish proverb, as they know both systems and for Poles to think this way makes one question the integrity of political systems. What do you think? Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  1. Thank you Pam. Isn’t it ironic that two diametrically opposed political systems can have the same result? As you are a Pollyanna, (by your own admission), it sounds like you would think like the second?

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  2. Very interesting quotes. The first one leaves me feeling a little off. I don’t think capitalism has to be exploitive. It can be done without malice and have good intentions. Socialism can be good and can also lead to an apathy in people. I do believe that all should be taken care of that can not do it for themselves. It’s a big question and I have no real idealization on this subject. It’s left me in a quandary.
    The second quote is very true. We can actually start fresh with each breath. That is hopeful. Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderfilled week to come.

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    • Thanks Marlene, I guess one could debate politics for a long time to come. However, I think the message in the proverb is not so much ideological as it is a comment on motivation and drive. Whatever the government’s persuasion, some men will exploit each other. It is a proverb that speaks of disillusionment with politics and games. That is why I juxtaposed it with a saying full of hope. The dirty political past from whatever political point on the spectrum you like to pick, and the potential for a fresh start and a cleaner better future. That was my take on the words this week. Enjoy your week!

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      • I’m with you on that. I would like people to always be motivated by kindness but so many are not. I guess that’s why socialism is a good thing because it takes the opportunity to be uncaring out of many hands. I can see both sides but always lean toward the side of caring. I have to keep my news here to a minimum. It makes me crazy what’s going on now in the world, especially here. If I were younger and in better health, I’d leave but that wouldn’t solve the problem. There is always another orange man. ;(

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      • Wouldn’t it be a lovely world if we could be all motivated by kindness and not selfishness. Selfishness comes from a fear of missing out, of meaning you are less than someone else, from insecurity – maybe even insecurity from something unrelated.
        If you were younger, hypothetically where would you leave for? As you said, there is more orange folk lurking.

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      • I’d like to go back to Germany and visit more of the countries around it but my daughter wants to head for New Zealand though getting a visa and work are an issue. There is no where without conflict. That’s a given in the law of the universe. Everything has an opposite. I think I’m ready to take the time to experience as many new cultures as I can with the energy I have left. 🙂 I’d like to be somewhere that has a high walkable rating. Everything here requires driving.

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      • Hmmm. A country like New Zealand, but with high walk-able ratings. Sort of a cross between Norway and Denmark? Denmark is flat, no town is more than 5 kms from the next town. The cities are small and compact; Germany is but a short train ride/drive away and Norway is reachable by overnight ferry. I am assuming your daughter wants to go to New Zealand for the scenery? Norway and New Zealand are similar in that regard, except the architecture is different and they have earthquakes. I have rellies in Wellington, on an ex politician, who would make you welcome if you ever ended up there.

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      • My daughter wants to where it’s warm. With Fibromyalgia, cold hurts. Me, I don’t do heat well so I’m guessing we have a lot to think about. I loved that in many European countries, you can live where you shop and not need a car. Not sure how much longer I’ll be driving. That’s why my daughter is here. Of course it can all be a mute point if my health doesn’t allow it. It’s very likely a pipe dream. 🙂

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