Proverbs are usually thought of as having a religious origin or undertone but by definition proverbs are "a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin.
Thoughtfully expressing a common and universal truth".
These little nuggets of wisdom have been repeated by many different cultures around the world in various ways.
After years of researching and gathering quotations and proverbs for my books as well as motivation material for my sales force, I've compiled an extraordinary amount of wisdom on various subjects and purposes.
These proverbs from around the world were especially motivational, shedding insight into the human thought process's as well as human nature itself.
The great English philosopher, statesman, scientist, orator, & author; Francis Bacon said "The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
" Out of the thousands of proverbs I've come across, I can only list 7 here due to space limitations and for simple contemplation.
• Wealth without use is no wealth.
- Punjabi Proverb You can't take it with you.
Something good needs to come out of your hard labor or luck.
Wealth for selfish reasons defeats any reason you had to accumulate that wealth.
• We all start out as children.
(Mistakes should be expected of beginners.
) - Swedish Proverb This proverb has more to do with forgiveness.
Forgiveness not only for people around you but also for yourself.
We all make mistakes and it's useful to remember that we are all doing our best in our lives.
Mistakes and failures are a big part of life and success.
• You cannot please everybody.
(He who pleased everybody died before he was born.
) - Russian Proverb The surest way to fail is to be everything to everyone.
Come to terms that you will never please everyone.
Please yourself first.
• Long live the difference(The differences we have is what makes us interesting & unique.
) - French Proverb Imagine a world where we all looked and behaved the same.
Thought and believed the same things.
It would be a very bland world.
Our differences make things interesting, bring about progress, and help us evolve as a people and culture.
• Don't set sail using someone else's star.
(Don't follow another's dream.
Just because someone does something successful, don't imitate them, follow your own dreams.
) - African Proverb It's very easy to get caught up with trends or to go with the crowd.
This is especially true when you're young, when you don't have a good sense of who you are and lack direction.
Trends and crowds are very fickle and always late to new opportunities.
It would be wise to first figure out your dreams and passions before departing towards a destination.
Once you know your direction and path, everything else becomes clear.
• Remember that you are going to die.
(Latin equivalent: Memento mori.
You won't live forever, so make sure you do things which are really entertaining or really important.
) - German Proverb In a hundred years of so, you'll be dead anyway.
So what if you embarrass yourself.
Take the risks, follow your dreams, and persevere.
Nobody but you will have to live with regret, let alone remember it.
• None but the brave deserve the fair.
(Only the courageous deserve the finer things in life.
) - English Proverb Courage my friend! The lazy and the weak are doomed to live an unhappy life.
Courage is the first of all virtues because without courage you won't be able to live out your full potential.