In my collection of quotations, I have a whole section on proverbs. In addition, I have many quotes under “humor.” Today I’d like to share some of these brief maxims that show our humanity’s collective wisdom and wit. Many of these quotes are anonymous.
1. The world is full of kind people. If you cannot find one, be one.
2. The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post. Thomas Halcroft
3. Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk robe. Chinese Proverb
4. Success in marriage is more than finding the right person. It’s becoming the right person.
5. Manners are minor morals.
6. Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects. Will Rogers
7. A lie travels around the world while the truth is putting on her shoes. French Proverb
8. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and are different colors, but they all have to live together in the same box.
9. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
10. Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
11. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. (Some of my nun friends and I have considered placing a holy book on our nightstand–with a bookmark in the middle of it. If we die during the night, we’ve appointed a friend to secretly come in and remove the murder mystery we were really reading!)
12. Never buy a car you can’t push.
13. Since the early bird gets the worm, sleep late.
14. Save the earth…. It’s the only planet with chocolate!
15. If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority. Czech Proverb
16. A well-adjusted person is one who can play cards or golf as if they were games.
17. Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stocking feet. Welsh Proverb
18. A good conversation is better than a good bed. Ethiopian Proverb
19. Many a shabby colt makes a fine horse. Irish Proverb
20. The best preacher is the heart; the best teacher is time; the best book is the world; the best friend is God. Hebrew Proverb
Did any of these proverbs or quotes speak to you today? If so, which one(s) and why?
Would you change or modify any of these proverbs to reflect more accurately what you believe?
Would you like to add a proverb or bit of wisdom to this list?
PS #1: Just a reminder that I am on retreat this week in Florida… and I’m holding all of you in special prayer…
PS #2: I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all the people I met last week in Florida. Thank you especially to Sr. Christina, Maureen, and Karen at the Franciscan Center in Tampa for inviting me to give a mini-Advent retreat there—and for helping to make things run so smoothly. The Center is a lovely and prayerful place located right on the Hillsborough River. And thank you to the folks at Espiritu Santo Parish for inviting me back to one of my favorite parishes! Special thanks to Katie for putting together such a beautiful Advent Service, to Fr. Len for his leadership and warm welcome, and to Sisters Donna and Renetta for their hospitality and friendship! And last but not least, thank you to all who attended these Advent presentations either in person or online!
PS #3: And finally, if you’re reading this on Monday Dec. 6, Happy Feast of St. Nick! Perhaps (if you’ve been good…) he left a little treat for you in your shoes during the night!
And now here’s an Advent song entitled “Come Now, O Prince of Peace” written in 1988 by a Korean composer named Geonyong Lee. It is performed here by the choir of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. For me, this song captures one of the main themes of Advent: our intense longing for peace. Phrases that really touched my heart were these: “Make us one body… reconcile all nations… Come, God of love… Come set us free…” The solo violin, the repetitive sounds of the piano, and the stark images all contribute to the haunting and mystical tone of this short Advent hymn… Let me know what you think of it.
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