101 inspirational world proverbs to help you reflect on life

world proverbsIf you’re looking for some inspirational world proverbs to help you reflect on life and its meaning then I’ve curated 101 of them just for you dear reader.

There are some excellent world proverbs here that’ll make you think and hopefully give you greater insight into life, its meaning, and different communities’ philosophies everywhere.

Proverbs contain the wisdom of the ancients and they provide us with useful reminders that people everywhere are just the same really. We’re all just trying to get through life as best we can.

So enjoy them all and feel free to pass them on.

World Proverbs (1-20):

  1. If there’s no wind, row. ~Latin Proverb
  2. Talk doesn’t cook rice. ~Chinese Proverb
  3. A half-truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb
  4. A friend’s eye is a good mirror. ~Irish Proverb
  5. Honour is better than honours. ~Belgian Proverb
  6. Hope is the bread of the poor. ~Turkish Proverb
  7. Not my circus. Not my monkeys. ~Polish Proverb
  8. Hospitality is one form of worship. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. Conscience is the voice of the soul. ~Polish Proverb
  10. A wheel that turns gathers no rust. ~Greek Proverb
  11. Sunshine all the time makes a desert. ~Arab Proverb
  12. All married women are not wives. ~Japanese Proverb
  13. He that falls by himself never cries. ~Turkish Proverb
  14. No road is long with good company. ~Turkish Proverb
  15. Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb
  16. Real gold does not fear the furnace. ~Chinese Proverb
  17. Work like an ant and you’ll eat sugar. ~Yemeni Proverb
  18. A bad tree does not yield good apples. ~Danish Proverb
  19. A good deed dies when it’s spoken about. ~Arab Proverb
  20. He that knows patience knows peace. ~Chinese Proverb

World Proverbs (21-40):

  1. A fish gets bigger when it gets away. ~Japanese Proverb
  2. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. ~German proverb
  3. You won’t gain knowledge by drinking ink. ~Arab Proverb
  4. You cannot strike a face that is smiling. ~Korean Proverb
  5. Money buys everything but good sense. ~Yiddish Proverb
  6. The real hero doesn’t say that he’s one. ~Filipino Proverb
  7. Five fingers are brothers but not equals. ~Afghan Proverb
  8. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. ~Kurdish Proverb
  9. A bad son gives his mother a bad name. ~Ivorian Proverb
  10. Eat what is cooked, listen to what is said. Russian Proverb
  11. A good meal ought to begin with hunger. ~French Proverb
  12. He who puts up with insult invites injury. ~Jewish Proverb
  13. Do not push the river, it will flow by itself. ~Polish Proverb
  14. Save money and money will save you. ~Jamaican Proverb
  15. Always leave a little room for a mistake. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. Against stupidity, God himself is helpless. ~Jewish Proverb
  17. Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose. ~Irish Proverb
  18. Do not be wise in words, be wise in deeds. ~Jewish Proverb
  19. Put off for one day and ten days will pass. ~Korean Proverb
  20. The blind cannot see. The proud will not. ~Russian Proverb

World Proverbs (41-60):

  1. What is cheap is always the most costly. ~German Proverb
  2. A silent man is the best one to listen to. ~Japanese Proverb
  3. For every wise man, there’s one still wiser. ~Kurdish Proverb
  4. A lie has no author, nor a liar a conscience. ~Indian Proverb
  5. The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness. ~Chinese Proverb
  6. The frog forgets that he was once a tadpole. ~Korean Proverb
  7. Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. ~Jewish Proverb
  8. The beard does not make the philosopher. ~American Proverb
  9. He that speaks, sows; He that hears, reaps. ~Turkish Proverb
  10. Better an honest enemy than a false friend. ~German Proverb
  11. A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin. ~Russian Proverb
  12. There’s nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse. ~Irish Proverb
  13. Cast no dirt into the well that gives you water. ~Korean Proverb
  14. He who never doubts doesn’t know anything. ~Spanish Proverb
  15. Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. He who wants the rose must respect the thorn. ~Persian Proverb
  17. Birds are caught with seed, men with money. ~Armenian Proverb
  18. If you want to build high, you must dig deep. ~Mongolian Proverb
  19. If you’re going to seek revenge, dig two graves. ~Chinese Proverb
  20. There’s no greater fraud than a promise not kept. ~Gaelic Proverb

World Proverbs (61-80):

  1. A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog. ~Ukrainian Proverb
  2. Listen with one ear; be suspicious with the other. ~Laotian Proverb
  3. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~Italian Proverb
  4. The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen. ~Russian Proverb
  5. If there’s a way into the wood, there’s also a way out. ~Irish Proverb
  6. Ask the experienced rather than the learned. ~Saudi Arabian Proverb
  7. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~Irish Proverb
  8. A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. Lower your voice and strengthen your argument. ~Lebanese Proverb
  10. People show their character by what they laugh at. ~German Proverb
  11. Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains. ~Yiddish Proverb
  12. You can’t wake a person who’s pretending to be asleep. ~Navajo Proverb
  13. When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby. ~Jewish Proverb
  14. Why would you use poison if you can kill with money? ~Bosnian Proverb
  15. A dog will always be a dog, even if he is raised by lions. ~Lebanese Proverb
  16. It’s the same life whether we spend it laughing or crying. ~Japanese Proverb
  17. A closed mouth and open eyes never did anyone any harm. ~German Proverb
  18. Better to be guilty in the eyes of men than in the eyes of God. ~Malagasy Proverb
  19. A fool says what he knows, and a wise man knows what he says. ~Yiddish Proverb
  20. He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left. ~Chinese Proverb

World Proverbs (81-90):

  1. A man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others. ~Jewish Proverb
  2. A light is still a light, even though the blind man cannot see it. ~Austrian Proverb
  3. The glory is not in never falling but in rising every time you fall. ~Chinese Proverb
  4. Who has not tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet. ~German Proverb
  5. Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself. ~Chinese Proverb
  6. A woman prefers a man without money to money without a man. ~Greek Proverb
  7. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ~Chinese Proverb
  8. If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over. ~Russian Proverb
  9. If you do not experience anything, it’s impossible to gain knowledge. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. Better to write down something one time than to read something ten times. ~Japanese Proverb

World Proverbs (91-101):

  1. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
  2. A clean mouth and an honest hand will take a man through any land. ~German Proverb
  3. Don’t let your mouth carry you where your foot can’t bring you back from. ~Bahamian Proverb
  4. Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys. ~Jewish Proverb
  5. We count our miseries carefully and accept our blessings without much thought. ~Chinese Proverb
  6. A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows public opinion. ~Chinese Proverb
  7. The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. ~Japanese Proverb
  8. The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. The secret to living well and longer is eating half, walking double, laughing triple, and loving without measure. ~Tibetan Proverb
  11. We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, learn, grow, love, and return home. ~Indigenous Australian Proverb

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The importance of change and the opportunities it brings

Importance of ChangeToday dear reader, I’d like to explore the importance of change to a business and the opportunities it brings. For the fleet-footed entrepreneur, opportunity is synonymous with change. If that isn’t obvious, trust me, it’s true. And that’s why it’s important to embrace change.

1. Change is inevitable:

As the old saying goes, change is inevitable except from a vending machine.

We cannot avoid change, quite simply because it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Trying to stop it is like trying to hold back the tide. It cannot be done. Change is simply a force of nature.

However, if you hate change, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Most people hate change.

Just when we think we have everything under control, a significant change happens and suddenly we’re scrambling to get ourselves back to equilibrium. It makes life seem like a giant game of Snakes and Ladders, doesn’t it?

2. Fear of change is natural:

Actually feeling uncomfortable when faced with change is both rational and natural because one of the most basic human needs is the need to feel secure. Change is an uncomfortable experience because it makes us feel insecure.

However, we must control any fear we have about it and we must have the courage to do whatever is necessary to ensure that we respond appropriately as the winds of change start blowing around us.

3. Businesses can be fragile:

Change can affect a business in many ways, given that plenty of things can change for a business over time.

For instance, consumers’ needs, wants and expectations will change over time. As will technology; markets; competition; and regulations as well. And of course, let’s not forget taxation. Governments are constantly tinkering with taxation, as their need for money increases.

Therefore business owners and executives must be on their guard constantly, anticipating change and how it might affect their business.

Whether you’re an owner, an executive or just an employee, if you’re involved with a business then you cannot afford to become too complacent.

Ignore change and it’ll kill your business quicker than you might imagine. It can kill your career too. Businesses can be fragile if they’re exposed suddenly to the harsh reality of change.

4. Change on an industrial scale:

Importance of changeIt’s easy to think that major corporations which dominate whole industries are immune from the impact which change can bring. Unfortunately, this isn’t so.

Consider for instance the computer industry.

IBM was once the behemoth of that industry. The very name was synonymous with everything that was best in the information technology (IT) sector, globally. So glowing was their reputation that there was an old saying universally accepted in business, “No one ever got fired for buying IBM.

They were Big Blue, second to no one.

However, their size and reputation didn’t stop them almost paying a very heavy price for failing to anticipate changing IT trends.

For years IBM favoured large centralised computer installations which filled whole buildings. And IBM didn’t see any reason to do anything differently as they were in the business of supplying these and making very good money from them.

Neither did they believe that many people would actually need computers. As recently as 1943 Thomas Watson, then Chairman of IBM said, “I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.

However, IBM’s lack of foresight didn’t end there.

Having introduced what we now call the PC to the market in 1982, they didn’t actually believe it had any real future. Apparently, their original forecast for global sales for the PC was just 25,000 units, worldwide.

IBM didn’t really want PCs to sell because they saw centralised corporate computer systems as where the real money was. Their failure to see the potential of the PC allowed Microsoft to move in and become a dominant player at IBM’s expense.

Failure to recognize changing trends and how they would affect the demand for computers and the way computers were going to be used had almost catastrophic consequences for IBM.

To be fair, they did manage to adapt eventually, but not before their business came dangerously close to collapse. And to this day they do not dominate their industry in the way they once did.

5. Heavyweights no more:

Another good example of a dominant industry player failing to recognise the winds of change was Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

If you’re not familiar with that name dear reader, they were the leading supplier of what was then known as the mini-computer back in the late 1970s.

However, it seems DEC allowed its dominant industry position to cloud its judgment because back in 1977 Ken Olson then President, Chairman and founder of DEC observed, “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

Where is DEC now?

They’re nothing more than a footnote in the history of digital technology. Few people, other than old computer industry hands, will even remember the name.

And yet the demand for computer technology products is greater than it has ever been. Every household has several of them in the form of desktops, laptops and, in particular, tablets and smartphones.

Today the computer industry is dominated by companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google. None of these companies even existed when Mr Olson made his unfortunate comment back in 1977.

Another good example is Kodak, once the dominant player in the photographic products industry. As recently as 1976, Kodak commanded 90% of film sales and 85% of camera sales in the United States. Where are they now? Certainly, nothing like the company they once were, that’s for sure.

6. Change brings opportunity:

Set aside the fear of change and you’ll see that it’s not necessarily a bad thing because it actually generates opportunities for the fleet-footed. So there’s a positive dimension to change as well.

If it’s embraced then opportunities are always there for the taking.

Just think about it for a second. If change didn’t happen, we’d all still be living in caves and riding around on donkeys.

Most companies, particularly large corporations, are usually far too slow in responding to change. However, that offers plenty of scope for smaller, faster, more flexible businesses to move in and relieve the big boys of their lunch.

So change is actually a positive dynamic.

7. See change positively:

Let’s face it if everything always remained the same then most of the things we enjoy and take for granted today wouldn’t exist.

In developed countries, we enjoy a standard of living that would have been beyond the imagination of people even a century ago. Think about that statement for a second; everything we now take for granted today once didn’t exist.

The point here is that we ignore change at our peril, particularly in business.

So it’s better to embrace change positively than to ignore it.

Yes, of course, it feels uncomfortable but we all get used to changes in the fullness of time.

If change is going to happen anyway then we might as well see what’s in it for us, surely?

If we’re in business, or indeed as people, we should always be constantly thinking about how we can exploit change to our advantage. How can we seize the opportunities that will come along as a natural consequence of change?

8. Make trends your friend:

In order to exploit change, we need to become trend watchers. And not just single trends.

We need to be watching each and every trend that might have an impact on ourselves and our businesses.

And we need to consider how those trends might come together to create a perfect storm, the winds of which might do us harm or become the wind beneath our wings.

Whether the consequences are good or bad, we must always be ready for them.

9. Conclusion:

Successful people are adept at exploiting opportunities brought about by change.

Change is synonymous with opportunity, it’s that simple.

Never fear change, you must embrace it.

If success is your aim, then change can be your friend.

However, never underestimate the harm change can do, should you become too complacent.

Change can be a force for good but equally, it can be a dangerous force for the unwary.

When you think of change; think positively but think defensively too.

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55 African proverbs reflecting the wisdom of the ancients

African ProverbsThere’s a world of wisdom reflected in all those common sayings we tend to take for granted. Take a look around the world and it’s not hard to find wisdom wherever you go. So today I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some African proverbs.

I’ve curated 55 proverbs credited with originating from various parts of Africa and I thought many of them were truly inspirational.

Take a look at them all and see what you think. See how many of them you can work into your conversations with people over the next few days.

African Proverbs (1-20):

  1. He who learns teaches.
  2. A tree is known for its fruit.
  3. A man’s ruin lies in his tongue.
  4. It’s not work that kills but worry.
  5. A thief does not like to be robbed.
  6. Rising early makes the road short.
  7. Hold a true friend with both hands.
  8. Seeing is different from being told.
  9. He who forgives ends the argument.
  10. Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.
  11. A horse has four legs, yet it often falls.
  12. The fool speaks. The wise man listens.
  13. A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
  14. God is good but never dance with a lion.
  15. He who refuses to obey cannot command.
  16. Peace is costly but it’s worth the expense.
  17. A lie has many variations, the truth none.
  18. Examine what is said, not who is speaking.
  19. However long the night, the dawn will break.
  20. The teeth that laugh are also those that bite.

55 African ProverbsAfrican Proverbs (21-40):

  1. When spiders’ webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
  2. Not to know is bad. Not to wish to know is worse.
  3. If you’re not going to bite, don’t show your teeth.
  4. One who truly loves you loves you with your dirt.
  5. If you think education is expensive try ignorance.
  6. It’s the calm and silent water that drowns a man.
  7. If you and a fool have an argument, he succeeds.
  8. Do not try to fight a lion if you’re not one yourself.
  9. If you want to know the end, look at the beginning.
  10. Ashes fly back into the face of he who throws them.
  11. When an old man dies a library burns to the ground.
  12. For the beauty of the rose, we also water the thorns.
  13. Never beat a snake when you haven’t seen its head.
  14. The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.
  15. Character is like pregnancy, it cannot be hidden forever.
  16. A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
  17. A friend who frowns is better than an enemy who smiles.
  18. If you’re filled with pride, you’ll have no room for wisdom.
  19. When the mouse laughs at the cat, there’s a hole nearby.
  20. As you do for your ancestors, your children will do for you.

55 African ProverbsAfrican Proverbs (41-55):

  1. A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting.
  2. When the roots are deep there’s no reason to fear the wind.
  3. The rain wets the leopard’s spots but does not wash them off.
  4. Those who pray for rain should be ready to deal with the mud.
  5. Every closed eye is not sleeping and every open eye is not seeing.
  6. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
  7. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
  8. A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.
  9. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.
  10. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
  11. The man may be the head of the home but his wife is the heart of the home.
  12. True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge it’s an awakening of consciousness.
  13. People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
  14. A family is like a forest. When you’re outside, it’s dense. When you’re inside you see that each tree has its place.
  15. You can out-distance that which is running after you, but you cannot out-distance that which is running inside you.

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35 witty quotes from funny people you’ll love

witty quotesI love witty quotes from the funniest people and I always make a note of the best ones in my journal.

Today I thought I’d share some of them with you dear reader.

Here are 35 of the best witty quotes from some very funny people and I hope you enjoy them all. Certainly, I did.

Witty quotes:

  1. One in four frogs is a leapfrog. ~Chris Turner
  2. My cat is recovering from a massive stroke. ~Darren Walsh
  3. A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it. ~Ross Smith
  4. I had a job drilling holes for water. It was well boring. ~Leo Kearse
  5. I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister. ~Will Marsh
  6. Words can’t express how much I hate World Emoji Day. ~Christian Talbot
  7. I love Snapchat. I could talk about classic card games all day. ~Aatif Nawaz
  8. Thing is, we all just want to belong. But some of us are short. ~Lou Sanders
  9. Life is like a box of chocolates. It doesn’t last long if you’re fat. ~Joe Lycett
  10. Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy? I hear you ask. ~ Jordan Brookes
  11. A rescue cat is like recycled toilet paper. Good for the planet, but scratchy. ~Chris Turner
  12. Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy. ~Richard Stott
  13. I’m not a very muscular man; the strongest thing about me is my password. ~Rory O’Keeffe
  14. Hey, if anyone knows how to fix some broken hinges, my door’s always open. ~Paul F. Taylor
  15. I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed. ~Olaf Falafel
  16. I used to be addicted to swimming but I’m very proud to say I’ve been dry for six years. ~Alfie Moore
  17. My grandad has a chair in his shower which makes him feel old, so in order to feel young, he sits on it backwards like a cool teacher giving an assembly about drugs. ~Rhys James
  18. My Dad said, always leave them wanting more. Ironically, that’s how he lost his job in disaster relief. ~Mark Watson
  19. One thing you’ll never hear a Hindu say, ‘Ah well, you only live once.” ~Hardeep Singh Kohli
  20. You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your bookcase. ~Rob Beckett
  21. I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting! ~Stewart Francis
  22. Feminism is not a fad. It’s not like Angry Birds. Although it does involve a lot of angry birds. Bad example. ~Bridget Christie
  23. The anti-ageing advert that I would like to see is a baby covered in cream saying, ‘Aah, I’ve used too much’. ~Andrew Bird
  24. I’m sure wherever my Dad is: he’s looking down on us. He’s not dead, just very condescending. ~Jack Whitehall
  25. Oh my god, mega drama the other day: My dishwasher stopped working! Yup, his visa expired. ~Alexander Henry Buchanan-Dunlop
  26. It all starts innocently, mixing chocolate and Rice Krispies, but before you know it you’re adding raisins and marshmallows – it’s a rocky road. ~Olaf Falafel
  27. Whenever I see a man with a beard, moustache and glasses, I think, ‘There’s a man who has taken every precaution to avoid people doodling on photographs of him’. ~Carey Marx
  28. I don’t have the Protestant work ethic, I have the Catholic work ethic; in that, I don’t work but I do feel very guilty about that. ~Rory O’Keeffe
  29. I accidentally booked myself onto an escapology course; I’m really struggling to get out of it. ~Adele Cliff
  30. When I found out the amusement park was taking photos of me on their rides without my permission I was fluming. ~Olaf Falafel
  31. I think the bravest thing I’ve ever done is misjudge how much shopping I want to buy and still not go back to get a basket. ~Stuart Laws
  32. I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa. ~Rob Auton
  33. My sister had a baby and they took a while to name her and I was like, ‘Hurry up!’ because I didn’t want my niece to grow up to be one of these kids you hear about on the news where it says, ‘The 17-year-old defendant, who hasn’t been named’. ~Jenny Collier
  34. I just bought underwater headphones and it’s made me loads faster. Do you know how motivating it is swimming to the theme song from Jaws? I mean my anxiety is through the roof but record times. ~Felicity Ward
  35. I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: ‘This could be interesting. ~Paddy Lennox

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101 inspirational proverbs from around the world

Proverbs from around the worldI find proverbs inspirational and I’ve been collecting some more proverbs from around the world.

I thought readers might find it interesting if I shared some of them.

So here are 101 great proverbs, which I hope will inspire.

Enjoy them all and feel free to share them with your friends.

Proverbs from around the world (1 – 20):

  1. Mewing cats catch no mice. ~Georgian Proverb
  2. To begin is easy, to persist is art. ~German Proverb
  3. Anger and madness are brothers. ~African Proverb
  4. He who is guilty has much to say. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  5. Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb
  6. A man dies when he stops working. ~Hebrew Proverb
  7. Nothing seems expensive on credit. ~Czech Proverb
  8. Wisdom has long ears and a short tongue. ~Swedish Proverb
  9. A man grows most tired while standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. ~Jewish Proverb
  11. A fool cannot undo the knot tied by a wise man. ~African Proverb
  12. A good neighbour increases the value if your property. ~Czech Proverb
  13. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. ~Irish Proverb
  14. Don’t tell the man who’s carrying you that he stinks. ~African Proverb
  15. Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to be called old. ~Icelandic Proverb
  16. Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe. ~American Proverb
  17. When the character of a man is not clear, look at his friends. ~Japanese Proverb
  18. A man profits more by the spectacle of a fool than by the speeches of the wise. ~African Proverb
  19. The child who’s not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel the warmth. ~African Proverb
  20. The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them. ~Turkish Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (21 – 40):

  1. Need is a bad negotiator. ~Icelandic Proverb
  2. Gold, when beaten, shines. ~Peruvian Proverb
  3. The bitter heart eats its owner. ~Bantu Proverb
  4. A closed mouth catches no flies. ~French Proverb
  5. Truth is the first victim of war. ~African Proverb
  6. A tree doesn’t fall with one blow. ~Yiddish Proverb
  7. Character can be built on daily routine. ~Japanese Proverb
  8. Only a fool tests the water with both feet. ~African Proverb
  9. A talkative bird will not build a nest. ~West African Proverb
  10. The longer the tongue, the shorter the hands. ~Czech Proverb
  11. Worries go down better with soup than without. ~Jewish Proverb
  12. There is a deep sea between saying and doing. ~Italian Proverb
  13. Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles. ~Indonesian Proverb
  14. Persistence can grind an iron beam into a needle. ~Chinese Proverb
  15. A mother will understand what her dumb son says. ~Georgian Proverb
  16. A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing. ~Irish Proverb
  17. Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once. ~Turkish Proverb
  18. Luck sometimes visits a fool, but it never sits down with him. ~German Proverb
  19. Rejoice not at thine enemy’s fall, but don’t rush to pick him up either. ~Jewish Proverb
  20. A doctor will take care of the rich man; the poor man is cured with work. ~Polish Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (41 – 60):

  1. Blame is a lazy man’s wages. ~Danish Proverb
  2. A contented man is always rich. ~Latin Proverb
  3. A speaker of truth has no friends. ~African Proverb
  4. Silence is a fence around wisdom. ~German Proverb
  5. When deeds speak, words are nothing. ~African Proverb
  6. Bad is called good when worse happens. ~Norwegian Proverb
  7. The mother of idiots is always pregnant. ~Italian Proverb
  8. A man who cries all the time is not heard. ~African Proverb
  9. The smoother the path the easier it is to slip. ~Estonian Proverb
  10. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles. ~African Proverb
  11. Where you sit when you’re old shows where you stood in youth. ~African Proverb
  12. No matter the economy of the jungle, the lion will never eat grass. ~African Proverb
  13. Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter. ~African Proverb
  14. To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish. ~Chinese Proverb
  15. Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. The doctor demands his fees whether he has killed the illness or the patient. ~Polish Proverb
  17. Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a nation. ~African Proverb
  18. The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. ~Yiddish Proverb
  19. If men swear that they want to harm you when you’re asleep, you can go to sleep. If a woman says so, stay awake. ~African Proverb
  20. He who asks a question is a fool for a minute. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. ~Chinese Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (61 – 80):

  1. Who gives, has. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  2. Advisers run no risks. ~English Proverb
  3. Nothing is easy for the unwilling. ~Gaelic Proverb
  4. Adversity is the mother of wisdom. ~German Proverb
  5. Being happy is better than being king. ~African Proverb
  6. When the music changes, so does the dance. ~African Proverb
  7. If your face is ugly, you can’t blame the mirror. ~Chinese Proverb
  8. He who’s afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. ~Danish Proverb
  9. The eyes do not see what the mind does not want. ~Indian Proverb
  10. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it. ~Chinese Proverb
  11. Speak the truth but leave immediately afterwards. ~Slovenian Proverb
  12. A people without faith in themselves cannot survive. ~Chinese Proverb
  13. Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still. ~Japanese Proverb
  14. He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy. ~German Proverb
  15. Never promise a poor person, and never owe a rich one. ~Brazilian Proverb
  16. Everybody loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son. ~Ivorian Proverb
  17. Every time you laugh a nail is removed from your coffin. ~Honduran Proverb
  18. If you tell your secret to your friend, you will make him your master. ~Spanish Proverb
  19. If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep. ~Georgian Proverb
  20. Honorable is the person who is aware of their power, yet refrains from inflicting harm on others. ~Egyptian Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (81 – 101):

  1. Hate has no medicine. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  2. A dog with a bone knows no friend. ~Dutch Proverb
  3. A blind cat catches only a dead rat. ~Chinese Proverb
  4. Day has its eyes, night has its ears. ~Japanese Proverb
  5. Pride is the mask of one’s own faults. ~Jewish Proverb
  6. He that promises most will perform least. ~Gaelic Proverb
  7. A slave does not choose his master. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  8. A tailless dog cannot express his joy. ~Albanian Proverb
  9. Beloved children have many names. ~Hungarian Proverb
  10. Ask for advice then use your head. ~Norwegian Proverb
  11. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. ~Turkish Proverb
  12. An idiot is eloquent when he stays silent. ~Japanese Proverb
  13. Always tell the truth in the form of a joke. ~Armenian Proverb
  14. A dog that barks all the time gets little attention. ~Argentine Proverb
  15. Choose your company before you choose your drink. ~Gaelic Proverb
  16. Familiarity breeds contempt; distance brings respect. ~African Proverb
  17. He who is unkind to his own will not be kind to others. ~Galician Proverb
  18. Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Burmese Proverb
  19. Offer the lazy man an egg and he’ll want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  20. Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing. ~African Proverb
  21. Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. ~Turkish Proverb

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28 Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt certain to inspire you

Quotes by Eleanor RooseveltToday I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, better known as Eleanor Roosevelt, was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist. She served as the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s four terms in office. She was in fact the longest-serving first lady of the United States, so far.

Eleanor Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

In 1999, Eleanor Roosevelt was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century and was listed thirteen times as the most admired woman between 1948 and 1961.

She was one very wise and intelligent lady and therefore definitely worth listening to, in my opinion.

So here are 28 quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt. I hope you find them all interesting. Please feel free to share them with your friends. 

Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt:

  1. Understanding is a two-way street. 
  2. Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product.
  3. You must do the things you think you cannot do. 
  4. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  5. I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
  6. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
  7. It’s not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
  8. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
  9. As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
  10. Never allow a person to tell you No who doesn’t have the power to say Yes.
  11. I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
  12. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  13. A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  14. I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
  15. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
  16. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
  17. Friendship with one’s self is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. 
  18. Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticised anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
  19. The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
  20. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
  21. You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
  22. You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.
  23. One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
  24. In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.
  25. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
  26. You gain strength, courage, and confidence through every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ 
  27. Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.
  28. Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognise that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.

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21 quotes about success that will make you think

Quotes about successMany people say they want to be successful but few achieve success in any meaningful way.

That said, one person’s success is another person’s failure.

In fact, we all have different ideas about what constitutes success.

For some people, it’s all about owning a million-dollar mansion, whereas for others just being happy and contented would be their measure of success.

What does success mean to you?

There are 21 thought-provoking quotes about success in today’s post to help you reflect on what success actually means to you.

However you choose to define success, it is possible to get to where you’d like to be with effort and determination.

Just decide where you want to go and don’t stop until you get there; though not before you’ve read today’s thought-provoking quotes about success.

Not only are they thought-provoking, but you should find them motivating and inspirational too, dear reader. I hope so, anyway.

Quotes about success:

  1. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~Stephen King
  2. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Herman Cain
  3. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. ~Richard Branson
  4. Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
  5. The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
  6. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~George Lorimer
  7. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
  8. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. ~Roy L. Smith
  9. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball
  10. Quotes about successSuccess is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~Orison Swett Marden
  11. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. ~Albert Einstein
  12. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln
  13. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John R. Wooden
  14. Spend eighty per cent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. ~Brian Tracy
  15. Success means having the courage, determination, and will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. ~George Sheehan
  16. The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
  17. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. ~Ray Goforth
  18. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~Napoleon Hill
  19. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford
  20. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. ~Mark Caine
  21. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier

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21 thought-provoking quotes that will inspire you

Quotes that will inspire youLooking for a little inspiration, dear reader? Well here are 21 thought-provoking quotes that will inspire you. I hope you find them all interesting.

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Quotes that will inspire you:

  1. Stop underestimating yourself. ~Michael Josephson
  2. Every artist was first an amateur. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Agatha Christie
  4. Whoever is happy will make others happy, too. ~Mark Twain
  5. You are what you think about all day long. ~Dr Robert Schuller
  6. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
  7. It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. ~E.E. Cummings
  8. Do not let what you cannot do; interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
  9. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~Steve Jobs
  10. The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living doing what they most enjoy. ~Malcolm Forbes
  11. The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame. ~Rod Steiger
  12. That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking—why the hell not? Why not you? Why not now? ~Timothy Ferriss
  13. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~Conrad Hilton
  14. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. ~Vince Lombardi
  15. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. ~Samuel Johnson
  16. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~Dale Carnegie
  17. You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~Christopher Columbus
  18. Use what talents you possess. The woods will be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke
  19. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive. ~Howard Thurman
  20. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~Mother Teresa
  21. One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~Dale Carnegie

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The debate about identity politics and how we get beyond it

Identity PoliticsThe debate about identity politics has dominated much of the news in recent months. Surely we must find a way to get beyond it? In that, I refer to getting beyond the problems associated with identity, rather than the debate itself.

We’re all human beings first:

Whether we think of ourselves as Black, White, Christian, Muslim, Jew or some other form of ethnic or religious identity, in reality, we’re all just members of the human race, surely?

In my opinion, we’re human beings first and other forms of identity second. We’re all just people.

We all want the same things:

As people, we all want the same things if you think about it.

Ideally, we all want a peaceful, prosperous life and a better world for our children?

We want a roof over our heads and the ability to put bread and food on the table.

Equally, we all want to feel secure.

We all want our lives to have a sense of purpose and a reason for us to get out of bed each day.

And, of course, we all want to enjoy some leisure time with family and friends, occasionally.

Life’s too short:

Life’s too short to worry about anything else, surely?

As human beings, we have much more in common than we’re often able or willing to recognize and those things that apparently separate us are often more imagined than real. Well, I think so anyway.

In my experience, there are good people everywhere you go in this world.

And yet, as human beings, we often fear people simply because they are not a reflection of ourselves.

We fear what we don’t understand.

If only we could just see others as human beings first. They’re people just like us, with hopes, dreams and a desire to be loved, accepted and respected by others.

Respect people and get to know them:

If only we could just treat people with respect, regardless of whatever sense of identity they present to the world. If only we could respect others just for being themselves.

I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in many parts of the world and I’ve learned that if you make the effort to get to know people, whoever they are, you begin to see them in a different way, regardless of their origin, ethnicity or creed.

If you try to understand them and their lives, suddenly you realize that they’re actually just like you, or not so very different at least.

Wherever you go, people are just people. We laugh, we cry, we eat, we sleep and we all have to go to the bathroom occasionally.

Yes, there are a few bad ones of course but most people are honest and decent and if you treat them with respect, you will get their respect in return. In my experience, wherever you go people just want to be treated fairly.

Avoid making assumptions about people:

Identity Politics When you meet people from a culture which is different to your own, it’s easy to make assumptions about them. However, how can you be sure you’re right unless you get to know them?

Judging is easy but it’s hard to know what someone else’s life is really like. Unless you’ve actually walked a mile in their shoes, you couldn’t possibly know what their life is really like or what challenges they face on a daily basis.

So you can’t judge anyone unless you make the effort to get to know them.

And for me, that’s the underlying problem for all humanity.

We judge people first without making the effort to get to know people. We make assumptions and judge on perceived stereotypes rather than treating people as individuals.

For instance, it would be easy to assume that all Muslims have the same extreme views as those fundamentalists making media headlines fighting for the establishment of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS.

I have lived and worked in the Middle East for many years and I know that this is not true. Some of the finest people I’ve ever met are Muslims.

I have many Muslim friends for whom I have the greatest respect. I’ve also known many Christians, Jews, Buddhists and more for whom I could make a similar comment.

Seek first to understand:

I’ve learned to treat people as I find them and not as others tell me I should find them.

I concern myself only with the content of their character. I try to treat others with respect and I find that generally if I do, I get their respect in return.

If only we could all treat others in the way that we’d prefer them to treat us then I think the world would be a better place. And surely our aim should be to make this world a better place?

In the words of Stephen R. Covey, we must Seek first to understand and then to be understood.”

Identity politics:

Identity politics has the potential to divide us all in a way that could be detrimental to everyone, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can get along with each other if we respect people for who they are and what they are and judge them only by the content of their character.

Look beyond obvious differences to the person within. It’s what’s on the inside of people that matters most. Well, that’s my opinion, dear reader.

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15 Quotes by Marilyn Monroe to inspire you

Quotes by Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe was a big star in her day, and much has been said and written about her since her death. Some of it was true but mostly it was just a myth.

However, despite her untimely death, the legend that is Marilyn Monroe lives on to this day. She died tragically young and in rather sad circumstances.

Nevertheless, she was much smarter than she appeared to be and many of her observations are actually quite sharp and funny.

The 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe included here I think will prove this point.

The quotes attributed to Marilyn Monroe illustrate her grasp of what it was to be a woman in what was then very much a man’s world. In many ways for women, the life experience has changed very little, so her observations should serve as a source of inspiration for women everywhere, even now.

Here are the 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe. I’d welcome your comments on them but not before you’ve taken a couple of minutes to enjoy them.

Quotes by Marilyn Monroe:

  1. A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear. ~Marilyn Monroe
  2. A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her. ~Marilyn Monroe
  3. Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? ~Marilyn Monroe
  4. I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it. ~Marilyn Monroe
  5. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Marilyn Monroe
  6. I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times tough to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe
  7. Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and remind them who they’re dealing with. ~Marilyn Monroe
  8. I am good but not an angel. I do sin but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world, trying to find someone to love. ~Marilyn Monroe
  9. Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered, to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture. ~Marilyn Monroe
  10. No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t. ~Marilyn Monroe
  11. When it comes down to it, let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyway. ~Marilyn Monroe
  12. You better believe when the conversation is getting shorter with you, it’s getting longer with someone else. ~Marilyn Monroe
  13. A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left. ~Marilyn Monroe
  14. Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that? ~Marilyn Monroe
  15. Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character. ~Marilyn Monroe

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