Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Proverbs


This was where it all started. Proverbs, Adages, Maxims, Idioms … struck a chord with me in my young, tender years. I took pains to keep a record when one crossed my path. I was in awe of the knowledge and lessons taught in these short sentences. I felt I had discovered the world of words, and the world of adults. 

Later on, I would collect anything which I found interesting – inspirational quotes, passages etc…. 


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There are but few proverbial sayings that are not true, for they are all drawn from experience itself, which is the mother of all sciences. - Miguel de Cervantes

To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon. 

Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. 

It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it. 

No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.

Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm. 

Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats. 

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people. 

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. 

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get. 

Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love. 

Don’t throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water. 

It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps. 

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you. 

Help your brother’s boat across and your own will reach the shore. 

2 comments:

Carla M.T. said...

Hi Vincent,
I have a passion, after Haiku :-), and it is Quotes!
They are lessons in life but we really understand them after we experience them ourselves.
Thank you also for choosing Calm haiku in your Blog List but sorry that I have erased it that same day by mistake: (It is about Equanimity)

Calm

A long hot day;
The sun in bloom
Relaxes in a lukewarm bath

Netizen101 said...

Hi Carla,
Good to hear that you have a passion for Quotes too. Great!
You are right. We understand the quotes better when we have been through the experience ourselves.
Thank you for the Haiku. :-)