Proverbs

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Canadian Proverbs

Canadian Proverbs Canada is the world’s second largest country in land area (after Russia), although it has a medium sized population of 32 million people. The country has a wide variety of geographical features, including mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, plains, lowlands, and continental shields. Canadians have a wide variety of...

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Yoruba Proverbs

Yoruba Proverbs The Yorubas have an extraordinary number of proverbial sayings, and regard a knowledge of them as a proof of great wisdom, whence the saying, “A counsellor who understands proverbs soon sets matters right.” They are in constant use, and another saying runs, “A proverb is the horse of...

Don’t feed the bad wolf

Outline of Proverbs

Outline of Proverbs A proverb is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore. Proverb is a short saying that is commonly known by public, and repeated as a piece of advice...

break a leg

Idiom

Idiom An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. Idioms occur frequently in all languages; in English alone there are an...

do not count your chickens before they hatch

Adage

Adage An adage (adagium) is a concise, memorable, and usually philosophical aphorism that communicates an important truth derived from experience, custom, or both, and that many people consider true and credible because of its longeval tradition, i.e. being handed down generation to generation, or memetic replication. An adage sometimes implicates a failure to plan, such as...

Meaning of Life Quotes

Meaning of Life Quotes The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, and “What is the purpose of existence?” It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history....

Buddhist Folktales and Parables

Buddhist Folktales and Parables The Father A young single father had a son that he loved more than anything in the world. One day while the father was away, some plunderers burned down most of his village and kidnapped the little boy. When the father came back, he mistook one...

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Love Proverbs

Love Proverbs Love is considered to be a positive and negative: with its virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection, as “the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”; and its vice representing human moral flaw, akin to vanity, selfishness, amour-propre, and egotism, as it potentially leads people into a type of mania, obsessiveness or codependency. We have...

Francis Bacon Quotes

Francis Bacon Quotes Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman and essayist. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued this could be achieved by use of a sceptical and...

Samples From Chinese Wisdom

Samples From Chinese Wisdom We have collected some wise sayings of Chinese philosophers. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. See also: Confucius, Lao Tzu,  Lao Tzu said: Sometimes lead, sometimes follow; sometimes exhale [warm / be intense] sometimes...

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Black History Month Quotes

Black History Month Quotes Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed unofficially in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United...

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Quotes Martin Luther King, Jr., original name Michael King, Jr., (born January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.—died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee), Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His leadership was fundamental to that...

Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa Quotes Saint Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta (26 August 1910  – 5 September 1997), born Anjezë Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian-born Indian citizen, Roman Catholic Sister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. We have collected and put Mother Teresa’s best quotes in the following categories. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free...

The Character of Wisdom

The Character of Wisdom An Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom Literature Wisdom Literature is a term applied to the Old Testament canonical books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and sometimes to the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon).  It also includes the Apocryphal books of Sirach (The Wisdom of Jesus ben Sira or Ecclesiasticus)...

Hanukkah Quotes

Hanukkah Quotes Hanukkah, “Festival of Lights” Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה, Ḥănukkāh, Chanukah or Chanukkah), also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century...

Spanish Idioms and Expressions

Spanish Idioms and Expressions An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, occurring frequently in all languages. In the English language alone, it is...

Spanish Proverbs

Spanish Proverbs Spanish proverbs are a subset of proverbs that are used in Western cultures in general; there are many that have essentially the same form and content as their counterparts in other Western languages. Proverbs that have their origin in Spanish have migrated to and from English, French, Flemish, German and other languages. Many Spanish proverbs have...

Italian Proverbs

Italian Proverbs Italians (italiani [itaˈljaːni]) are a Romance ethnic group and nation native to the Italian geographical region and its neighbouring insular territories. Italians share a common culture, history, ancestry and language. Italian Proverbs are short expressions of popular wisdom from Italy and other countries where Italian is spoken. A collection of Italian Proverbs to inspire you. Wise Italian Sayings in the form of proverbs that have been...

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Portuguese Proverbs

Portuguese Proverbs Portuguese people are a Romance  ethnic group indigenous to Portugal who share a common Portuguese culture, ancestry and language. Their predominant religion is Christianity, mainly Roman Catholicism, though large segments of the population, especially the younger generations, have no religious affiliation. The Portuguese people’s heritage largely derives from...

Portuguese Proverbs in Portuguese

Portuguese Proverbs in Portuguese Portuguese proverbs and phrases popularly known as representations of common sense. The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 232 total. A a beleza está nos olhos de quem vê a cada um o que é seu a carne é fraca a casa de um...

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