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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.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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?

Something to Ponder About this Proverbial Thursday