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.


Our final Proverb from Africa, for this series, comes from Kenya.

To be smiled at isn’t to be loved

– Kenyan proverb


Today I heard a very inspirational person speak about the Barefoot community. I have always believed in the value of traditional knowledge and skills and that pieces of paper (degrees) do not always trump common sense, inventiveness and logic. Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is an Indian social activist and educator who founded the Barefoot College in India and works to educate illiterate and semi literate rural Indians.

His quote relates clearly to his work but can his quote also relate to other matters?

Dr Livingstone

Listen to the people on the ground.

They have all the solutions in the world

– Bunker Roy




I invite you to join in the discussion and leave  your comment about the quote and proverbs this week.




Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder Deeply About