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.

 

Continuing a series of African proverbs, I thought the following may not necessarily be true, but is wishful thinking and poignant. Is there a deeper layer to this saying?

 

 

Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully –

(African proverb)

 

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“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”

F. Nietzsche

 

 

 

The offerings this week might be a comment on current events and indicate their timelessness in describing certain facets of human behaviour. Or do you have another idea of what they might mean?

 

Join in the discussion.

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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.

Departing from the African proverbs, this week we have some wise words from Sweden.

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The house that is built after every man’s advice seldom gets a roof

– Swedish proverb

and from one of the greatest minds, of all time, a quote :

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

– Socrates

 

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My thoughts on the Proverbs and Quotes –

Many of us give, and indeed, receive advice from all quarters in our lives, yet it isn’t always successful in implementation. When we tell others our problems, do we even want to hear their advice? At times it is most helpful, and yet, is it not better to discover the solution for ourselves? For it is about ourselves, and we know that person far better than anyone else, and in that process of problem-solving, become more accomplished at handling life’s future blindsides?

For contentment is what we all seek, in many and various forms.

Despite the Swedes best efforts, we do need a roof over our heads, and we do also need food in our bellies and fellow companions. But how much more do we realistically need to survive, given we can’t take material possessions with us, when we pass. 

How clever was Socrates to know that if we are not happy with our what we have today, we won’t be happier when what you have is doubled?

Do you agree?

Join in the discussion. I would be glad to hear your thoughts.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdom

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Proverbs and sayings often provide us with wise the world.  Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you think so too.

 

Continuing with our African series we have a proverb from East Africa:

 

The one who is too talkative leaves his mouth empty

 

 

and a poignant quote from the Japanese Zen master: Hakuin Ekaku

 

Nirvana is right here, before our eyes.

Hakuin, 白隠 慧鶴, (1686 – 1768)

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Hakuin was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism.  He is credited with sparking a renewed interest in the philosophy with rigorous training methods integrating meditation and koan practice.

 

Is your Nirvana before your eyes?

And what do you make of the East African Proverb? It is not meant in a literal sense,

is it?

 

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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.

 

Until lions learn to tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter  – African Proverb

 

I am not a fan of the Harry Potter stories, but the following quote contains good advice:

 

‘It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.’

  – Joanne Kathleen Rowling

J.K. Rowling experienced failure, yet she persisted in trying and at last, she got lucky.

Is the glorious hunter reliving his interpretation of the experience, based on his life, values and senses, or might wishful thinking be clouding his judgement of events? Would the lion’s perspective be any different?  What is your interpretation?

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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.

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High country Sheep in Golfjellet, Norway

Never mind if your nose is ugly as long

as you can breathe through it –   

Zaire Proverb

 

Success has always been a great liar-

Friedrich Nietzsche

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What do you make of the quote and proverb for this week? What is the proverb from Zaire trying to say. Is it encouraging or disparaging?

And why is success a liar?

I invite you to leave a comment and join in the discussion.

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