The text is not a list of English sayings originating in the English language, but The reader will find they contain a lot of common sense and words of wisdom. PhD students and postdoctoral researchers often receive from their supervisors words of wisdom that stay with them for the rest of their lives. Good advice at the. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Book of Wise Sayings, by W. A. "Many are the sayings of the wise, In ancient and in modern books enrolled.

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Wise Words. A moment with Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and author Joan. Halifax, founder and head teacher of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa. Fe, New. of the Greatest Sayings,. Quotes and Proverbs Ever a Compilation by .. accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason . Words of Wisdom. Here are or so of my favorite quotes. These insights can inspire us to awaken and see the world differently, with new possibilities open to .

You are on page 1of 8 1: African Proverbs and Wise Saying for Different Occasions Victo r Chend ekemen Ya kubu 1 A Wo rd fo r the Wi se: So met imes in hu man life, yo u need t o blend yo ur speech wit h pro ver bs, id io ms, quo t es and wise sayings.

I n Afr ican cu lt ure[s], an eld er is co nsider ed an elder when he speaks w it h pro ver bs. When an eld er sp eak s wit ho ut a pro ver b, it is lik e a child chasing t he w ind wit ho ut resu lt s.

Pro verbs co lo ur t he sp eech and make t he au d ience happ y o r t ho ught fu l. The Bib le uses nu mero us met ap ho rs, p ro verbs and wise sayings t o exp lain event s and s it uat io ns.

And Jesus is t he mo st lik ely per so n we can po int o ut who never spo ke wit ho ut using a pro ver b, a wise saying o r a met ap ho r. E lder ly per so ns were mesmer ized by h is abilit y t o spro ut o ut wit t y sa ying s o ffhand. Examp les o f his saying s are man y. T here is so met hing abo ut Him which can mak e o ur speeches ver y int er est ing and co lo ur fu l.

Vi c tor C. Yakubu 2: Yo u may be a preacher o r perso n who makes sp eeches ever yday t o an aud ience; yo u need t o blend t ho se speeches wit h so me wise sa ying s, a pro ver b o r a met ap ho r.

But remember, when yo ur au d ience is sho rt o f u nd erst and ing, yo u have t o t ake o ver t he exp lanat io n so t hat yo u do not leave t hem in t he dark. Mo st impo rt ant ly, k no w when t o app ly t hese pro ver bs t o a part icu lar o ccasio n. When it is a so rro wfu l mo o d, yo u do not need t o use pro ver bs fo r wedd in g ceremo ny o r when it is t ime fo r naming ceremo ny; yo ur pro ver bs mu st no t co me fro m t he bur ial ceremo ny g enre.

Peo p le who list en t o speeches ar e qu ick t o det ect an empt y app licat io n o f a pro ver b, when it do es no t mat ch t he o ccasio n. Mast er y o f t he pro ver b g ives yo u t he added ad vant age o f using it when necessar y lik e Jesu s d id.

Ho wever, it do es no t mean t hat ever y sp eech o r ever y sent ence yo u make mu st carr y a pro ver b.

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This wo u ld be a mis-app licat io n o f what t hese pro ver bs are all abo ut. It ling ers o n lo ng aft er t he o bject o f hat e has d isappear ed fro m t he scene t o p lague t he lives o f t ho se who have emp lo yed it against t heir fo es.

Nnamd i Azik iwe and a ho st o f ot hers, used int erest ing saying s t o st ress their po int s. Many Afr ican nat io nalist s used wit t y saying t o fig ht fo r t he ind ependence o f t heir st at es. Mo st po pular and mo st recent o f t hese is Nelso n Mandela. But aft er it , what came next is t he issu e o f sur mo u nt ing pro blems wit h in t he So ut h Afr ican so ciet y and mak ing it fu nct io nal. So t hat saying is a ver y r elevant saying when mak ing a sp eech t o a gro up o f peo p le willing t o make change s in t heir so ciet ies.

Yakubu 3: These pro ver bs were handed o ver fro m parent s t o t heir childr en in o ral fo r ms in st o ries and fo lk lo r es. Over t ime t hese saying s were refo r mu lat ed fo r lack o f wo rds and mo st o f t hem lo st t heir o rig inal st yle. Ho wever, wit h mo d er n met ho ds we can no w bo ast o f having a co mp ilat io n whic h is handed o ver no t only in o ral fo r m but also in wr it t en fo r m which an y int erest ed per so n can read.

I have co me t o lo ve wise sayings and proverbs no t becau se I am an Afr ican, but larg ely be cau se t he hu man mind is it ch ing t o hear so met hing new lik e cat chy wo rds, quot es o r sayings fro m d iffer ent cult ures. My grand fat her at 97 years will clo se his eyes and speak in pro ver bs. So met imes he sp eak s end lessly. My grand mo t her is wo rst. I have co me t o lo ve t hem fo r t he ins ig ht s t hey o ffer via pro ver bs and wise sayings fro m t heir wealt h o f exp er iences.

As so meo ne who must t alk almo st ever y day o f my life, I imb ibe t he u se o f d ifferent cat ego r ies o f pro ver bs. At t imes, t he aud ience is t hr illed and at ot her t imes t hey are co nfused o r ju st seem pat het ic. So met imes my aud ience is t ransfixed fo r lack o f u nder st and ing may be becau se I never said t he p ro ver b acco rd ing ly.

Abo ve all, t hey have been insp irat io nal and necessar y when co mpo sing a t alk o r a speech t o an aud ience. This simp le co llect io n is meant to aid yo ur speech whenever yo u make o ne. Do no t be t aken by surpr ise when called t o address an aud ience. Always beg in by mesmer iz ing t hem wit h an alr ead y med it at ed pro ver b and t hen bu ild o n t hat. The mo st impo rt ant perio d t o shoot one is eit her fro m t he beg inn ing, t he midd le o f yo ur speech o r at t he end.

Always mak e it so u nd int erest ing, co her ent and st raig ht fo rward. The best t hing abo ut pro ver bs is t o say it wit ho ut a break, o r to break in t he midd le o f it and sig h, t hen co nclud e t he seco nd half. Yo u will t hr ill yo ur aud ience and send t hem in co mp let e jit t ers fu lly mesmer ized.

Isaiah Ochig bo , a pr iest o f t he Cat ho lic Dio cese o f Ot ukpo and fo r mer lect urer a t t he St. Yakubu 4: He was fo nd o f us ing man y pro ver bs wh ile preaching o r t eaching his st udent s. This is ded icat ed to his lo ving memo r y.

List ening t o him eit her preaching o r t eaching was fu n and man y list ener s lo ved t he way he t ailo red h is sp eeches fu l l o f id io ms, pro ver bs and wise sayings. Unfo rt u nat e ly mo st o f t hem ar e d irect t ranslit erat io n fro m t he Ido ma language o f wh ich Fr.

Och ig bo belo ng ed. But t he messag e was clear. Feel fr ee t o do wnlo ad t hese wise saying s and use t hem acco rd ing ly. I n case yo u have co mment s, quest io ns o r suggest io ns to wards impro ving t his co mp ilat io n, do feel free to send me yo ur o bser vat io ns fo r fut ure impro vement s.

Send all o bser vat io ns t o : viccheny chend ekemen. They are put int o gro ups co nt aining t en pro ver bs o r wise saying s. Ochig bo , read t hem while praying fo r him as o r ig inato r. He who want s pap yru s ash, sho u ld bur n one. The eyes o f a fro g canno t prevent t he zebr a fro m dr ink ing wat er in t he r iver. The g ir ls who canno t dance blame t he drums.

Yo ung su gar cane g ives no beer. Even an ant can hurt an elep hant. The family members ar e t ho se who kno w what happ ens in t he family. As you sow, so you shall reap. Your actions — good or bad — determine what you get. You should have known as you sow, so you shall reap.

A thing begun is half done. A good beginning makes it easier to accomplish the rest of the project. Example: He has already won first set in the match. I think he is on course to take this match. Well begun is half done, after all. Barking dogs seldom bite. People who appear threatening rarely do harm. His temper is so over the top. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

What may seem beautiful to one person may not seem to another. Example: You may not like the curves of my new car, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is only skin deep. Example: That gorgeous actress behaved so rudely with the driver — beauty is skin deep, after all. Better late than never. It is better to get something you desire late than get it never.

Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick. Good health is more important than money. Example: The pharma tycoon has been in and out of hospital for the last two months because of kidney ailments.

Blood is thicker than water. Relationships with family or blood relatives is stronger than other relationships. Call a spade a spade. To say the truth about something, even if it is not polite or pleasant. Clothes do not make the man. He always seemed so professional and impeccable. Cowards die many times before their deaths. Cowards suffer the feared effects of death many times over in their lives.

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Cross the stream where it is shallowest. To do things in the easiest possible way. Curiosity killed the cat. One should mind own business. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.

The consequences of doing wrong always catch up with the wrongdoer. Example: Politicians can fool some people some of the time, but in the end, chickens come home to roost.

Discretion is the better part of valor. It is wise to be careful and not show unnecessary bravery. Example: Son: Can I go hand gliding with my friends? Father: No. If he distances himself from you or talk bad about you, it can hurt you bad. Example: To serve them French cuisine is like casting pearls before swine. Deal with a situation when it happens and not unnecessarily worry about it in advance. Example: He seems a bit jerk to me, but, hey, you never know. He may be good. If you kill a goose that lays golden eggs, you destroy something that makes lot of money for you.

Example: Tourists come to this city mainly to see this monument.

By opening it to commercial use, the city council may kill the goose that lays golden eggs. To exaggerate a small problem to make it seem like a major one.

Example: One incorrect answer in the exam is not going to tank your grades. Example: Almost entire revenue of the Company comes from the Facebook platform. If Facebook tweaks its policies in future, the Company may sink. Do things in proper order.

Early bird catches the worm.

One who starts early on the work has higher chance of success. Example: X: Why have you come so early for the season-ending sale? Y: So that I can choose from a wider selection and get a better piece.

Early bird catches the worm, after all. Easy come, easy go. You say this when you get something easily and then lose it as easily. Example: I found fifty dollars while on my morning walk, but I frittered it away foolishly by the afternoon — easy come, easy go.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Every bad or negative situation can result in some benefit to you. The presence of silver lining means that the sun is behind the cloud and will eventually emerge. Example: I know your business has suffered few setbacks this season. But remember, every cloud has a silver lining. Every dog has his day. Even the unluckiest or the most unfortunate will taste success at some point.

Example: Are you surprised that John, the laggard, has got 92 percent marks in math? Well, every dog has his day. Eat like a bird. She eats like a bird. Every man has his price. Anyone can be swayed to do something. This proverb is also used in the sense of bribing people. Example: X: He has declined our offer to join the company. Y: Sweeten the offer. Raise the compensation. Fall seven times. Stand up eight. Be resilient and try despite failures. Example: Abraham Lincoln lost so many elections, but he kept trying.

Eventually he became the President of United States. First come, first served.

Those who arrive first will receive first. Example: The first subscribers will receive an site gift card. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Fools or inexperienced persons get involved in situations or pursue goals without much thought. In contrast, wise are thoughtful about such situations or goals. Example: He sent an angry email without going into the background of the matter — fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fortune favors the brave. If you carry out your plans boldly, the luck is more likely to favor you. Get out while the going getting is good. To leave a place or situation before conditions worsen and it becomes difficult to leave. Example: With the stock market at an all-time high and further upside looking difficult, we decided to sell our shares and get out while the going was good.

If you give someone a small amount of power or freedom to do something, they may try to get a lot more. God helps those who help themselves.

Go in one ear and out the other. If something you hear goes in one ear and out the other, you quickly forget it. Example: Their advice to her went in one ear and out the other.

Good things come to those who wait. Patience is often rewarded. Example: The best investors in the world have made their fortunes by investing for the long term. Grief divided is made lighter. Half a loaf is better than none. Getting less than what one wants is better than not getting anything.

Example: X: Did you get the compensation for damage to your vehicle? X: Well, half a loaf is better than none. Honesty is the best policy. Example: I think you should just explain what happened, rather than trying to cover your tracks. Honesty is the best policy, after all. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Be optimistic, but be prepared for a scenario where things can go wrong.

Example: X: Why do you want to change this component in the machine when everything is working fine? Y: OK. I agree. Example: I need that book for completing my assignment. Example: ABC Pvt. If you do something dangerous or adventurous, you may get harmed.

Example: Enacting the stunts of movie superheroes in real life is playing with fire. You may get burned. Ignorance is bliss. This proverb, however, is often used in negative way — ignorance is not bliss. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. It is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened.

Example: I would have never bought an apartment if I had known that the land on which it has been built is disputed. Example: X: He is feeling terrible for accidently elbowing the flower pot from the window.

If you say something is tip of the iceberg, you mean that thing is just a small part of the entire thing. It takes two to make a quarrel. Example: X: Why are you always so quarrelsome? It takes two to tango. Where two parties are involved in a situation, fault usually lies with both if things go wrong. Rarely can one party be blamed entirely. It takes two to tango, after all.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. Speak only when necessary and remain alert and observant at all times. So, to avoid problems, keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. Kill two birds with one stone. Solve two problems with the same action. Example: He killed two birds with one stone by downloading the grocery and visiting the museum on the same route. Laughter is the best medicine. Thinking positively and laughing will help you to feel better. Example: I think the best thing for you right now would be to spend some time with people you can joke around with.

Laughter is the best medicine, after all. Learn to walk before you run. Learn basic skills first before venturing into complex things.

Example: X: I want to submit my first article to Fortune magazine for publication. Y: I think you should aim for smaller publications to start with. You should learn to walk before you run. Let sleeping dogs lie. Example: X: Should I ask the professor if he is upset about my late submission of the assignment? Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

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Misfortune does not occur twice in the same way to the same person. Like a fish out of water. To feel awkward because you are in a situation that you have not experienced before.

Example: I felt like a fish out of water during my first week in the college, as I hardly knew anyone there. Look before you leap. I would say look before you leap. Make such an attractive proposition that it would be foolhardy for anyone to refuse it. Make hay while the sun shines. Make the most of favorable conditions till they last. Example: I got plenty of referral traffic to my website from Facebook in its initial years.

I made hay while the sun shone. Later on they changed their algorithm, after which the traffic dried. Money talks.

Money gives one power and influence. Money talks, you know. Necessity is the mother of invention. A need or problem forces people to come up with innovative solutions. Example: In some parts of the world, farmers use washing machine to clean potatoes in large volumes. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

No gain without pain.

It is necessary to suffer or work hard in order to succeed or make progress. No news is good news.

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Example: My daughter has been working in Australia for nearly five years now. Once bitten twice shy. Once bitten twice shy, I guess. Sometimes you get so focused on small details that you may miss the larger context. Out of sight, out of mind. Example: Many celebrities find a way to appear in media because they know that out of sight is out of mind. Paddle your own canoe. Be independent and not need help from anyone. Example: After I went to boarding school in my teens, I started paddling my own canoe to a large extent.

Pen is mightier than sword.Some books or stories have titles that are twisted proverbs, anti-proverbs, such as No use dying over spilled milk, [89] When life gives you lululemons, [90] and two books titled Blessed are the Cheesemakers.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. The harder you work, the more good ideas and chances you may make for yourself. Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more. Captain Ramage reminds his adversary "You are supposed to know that it is dangerous to change horses in midstream" p. Don't you wish they made a clap on clap off device for some people's mouths?

I guess slow and steady wins the race.

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