4 Life Lessons From Proverbs

Learn and share 3D crossword on white backgroundThe basic purpose of a proverb is to teach or to share an insight, a single sentence that holds lifetimes of knowledge.  I have learned a great deal more about them since deciding to center our conversations here this month on proverbs. It seems that there are nearly as many definitions as there are proverbs themselves!

But one attribute universally agreed upon is that if you know who originally said it, it’s not a proverb, it’s a quotation.  What is more interesting though is that many of the most quoted people have actually been sharing something with its roots in a proverb.

Here are four proverbs from [date & source unknown] paired with quotes from today.  As you go about your week, pick one and let it challenge you to inspect your life and find opportunities to grow.

#1 – Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” (Colin Powell)

#2 – Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  (Jim Rohn)

#3 – The pen is mightier than the sword.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

#4 – To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

“There’s a certain moment in every memorable journey, often recognized only in hindsight, when the trip you are on presents itself, and the one you thought you were taking or had planned is jettisoned.  It’s then that you being really traveling, not merely touring.” (Andrew McCarthy)


  1. Love these! I choose #1. If I do the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. Thanks for the inspiration!

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