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Proverbial Friday – Global Wisdom

Proverbs and sayings offer up wise words from all corners of the world.  Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation. Each Friday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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

I hope you think so too.

Continuing with the theme of ‘love,’ and ‘marriage, we have a somewhat reassuring proverb from the landlocked country of Burundi.

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Where there is love, there is no darkness –

 (Burundian proverb)

 

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It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriage –

Friedrich Nietzsche.

 

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Do you agree with Nietzsche?

He is often controversial, often provocative.

Do you think this was his intention to be controversial in saying this?

After all, he had fairly fixed opinions of marriage, viewing it as a potentially lengthy conversation, in this quote:

“When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation.”

 

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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.

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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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Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

Proverbs provide us with wise words, hitherto uttered  by generally anonymous people. Uttered ever so succinctly, and so eloquently that a thousand meanings can be revealed in their simple words.  General rules for life itself, from every corner of the world.

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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South African Proverb

What is a possible interpretation of this proverb?

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And the quote this week comes also from South Africa:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,

but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

 

 

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Do you agree with Mandela, a man that has faced fear countless times and yet survived to defeat it?

How do you overcome your fears?

 

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

Proverbs provide us with wise words, hitherto uttered  by generally anonymous people. Uttered ever so succinctly, and so eloquently that a thousand meanings can be revealed in their simple words.

I think they can often be general rules for life itself, coming from all corners of the world. Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you think so too.

 

The hen knows the sun has risen, yet it still lets the rooster sing’

  – West African Proverb

 

This proverb from Somalia, may unfortunately have some sage-ful advice, but may not be well – known.

 

‘If you cannot resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve them with war’

 – Somalian Proverb

 

And finally, a quote from the ruthless non-conformist, to balance out the proverbs –

‘People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights’

– Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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Best savoured a little a time.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs

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 will too.

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“What parents whisper, their children shout!” Dutch proverb (Heusinkveld and Caris)

‘Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego.’ (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The meaning of the Dutch proverb can be interpreted several ways. What way do you interpret it?

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from Around the World

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 will too.

Proverbial smlAn enigmatic quote to begin today’s global proverbs:

“When it rains soup, the poor man has no spoon.” – Sweden

and Nietzsche’s cutting, incisive words are still potently relevant today:

“A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.”

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and in foreshadowing multiculturalism, Nietzsche also said:

“At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

What is your opinion? Is Nietzsche still relevant, or applicable to today’s society? And what do you make of the Swedish proverb?

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