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.

 

The proverb this week comes from the little known volcanic island nation of Cape Verde. It is known for its  Creole-Portuguese-African culture, although the appeal and message of the quote appears universal:-

There is no better mirror than an old friend –

(Cape Verde proverb)

 

St Moritz

 

Reflections, like mirrors, reveal what may hitherto be hidden from view.

 

The quotes this week comes from Mark Twain – or Samuel Langhorne Clemens as he was also known as.  [1835-1910]

 

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

 

and furthermore, he penned this:

 

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

 

Is there a hidden meaning behind these words?

Is your old friend, a good  and trusted mirror to you? Has the Selfie become the modern equivalent, reflecting back what one cannot see themselves?

I think some old friends are great sounding boards. They can be someone who knows you best, not just the public persona that you show to the world. If an old friend cannot tell you a truth, then who can?

 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Join in the discussion.

It gives us Something to Ponder About


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