Community, History & Traditions

Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the world


Wise words from our ancestors, passed down from generation to generation. Best savoured a little a time.

They may sound trite, the authors are anonymous, and wisdom is surely found within their concise words.


Even though I am surely not the author, I will share one of my own proverbs today, one that makes a great caption for my photo above:

Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.

Today I am the pigeon, or skua ( in photo above) but tomorrow I might just as easily be the statue. Life is unpredicatable and dynamic!

Proverbial sayings from years of wisdom or wisdom of the years, encapsulated in the following words.

On obesity and hard work:

Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong.

Hindu Proverb

and one that I have heard used in the media of late:

Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.

Chinese Proverb

That is overwhelmingly an important thing for us all to ponder about from time to time.