Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wisdom for Personal Strength - 13 Proverbs on 13 Topics

Wisdom does not spring from any one culture. Wisdom knows no boundaries. It's global. To find it, simply go where people have been striving against adversity for centuries. That's where wisdom comes from.

It seems that every civilization has its own sayings, pithy pieces of wisdom we call "proverbs." They aren't collected here because they were published, but rather because they were handed down from generation to generation for centuries. Here are a dozen of my favorites...

On OPEN-MINDEDNESS - “A wise man sometimes changes his mind, but a fool never.” - Arab Proverb

On COMPOSURE - "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow." - Chinese Proverb

On SELF-DEVELOPMENT “The work will teach you how to do it.” - Estonian Proverb

On AWARENESS “All the treasures of the earth can’t bring back one lost moment.” - French Proverb

On FOCUS “Who begins too much accomplishes little.” - German Proverb

On PATIENCE - "For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required." - Indian Proverb

On PERSEVERANCE - “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” - Japanese Proverb

On TOLERANCE - “One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.” - Jewish Proverb
On COOPERATION "One finger can't lift a pebble." - Native American Indian Proverb

On  ACCOUNTABILITY - “The arrow that has left the bow never returns.” - Persian Proverb

On PATIENCE - “The future belongs to him who knows how to wait.” - Russian Proverb

On LOYALTY - “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.” - Spanish Proverb

On COMPASSION - “Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half-sorrow.” - Swedish Proverb

That's a lot of wisdom in one small package!

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., , Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .

1 comment:

Subrato Paul said...

Indian civilization is one of the oldest. I wish you had included one Indian Proverb.

Here is one of my favorite:

"For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required." Indian Proverb