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 .