Proverbial wisdom

When I was young we were all taught – either in school or from our parents and grandparents – many proverbs, which are kernels of practical wisdom. Sadly, most of these now belong to the past. But one could take any one of the following and mentally repeat it during the day, as a way of letting its wisdom  penetrate one’s consciousness. 

First in my list is one that I have very much lived by:

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’

There are countless other such pearls of wisdom.

‘Opportunity didn’t knock until I built a door.’

‘When one door shuts another opens.’

‘Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.’

‘A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what a ship is for.’

‘As you sow so shall you reap.’

‘If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain.’

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’

There are many more. See which appeals to you today!


3 thoughts on “Proverbial wisdom”

  1. “A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what a ship is for”. But this one seems stuck in harbour.

  2. Dear James,
    They all speak a quiet realistic wisdom.
    ‘When one door shuts another opens’ today, for me it has a gentle call to patience and trust – then to confidence and action. Thank you.
    With Love

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