It is said a picture speaks a thousand words, some proverbs do the same thing. Well almost, some of them are a thousand words long. How else would you describe these strings of words that convey such enlightenment? But like jokes, they never seem to stick. I guess it is the message that is truly important and as long as the proverb imparts is knowledge, it has done its job and can move on looking to enlighten the next individual. Although i don’t remember the exact wording of each, which in most cases renders them ineffective for repetition, i still like to think the message manifests itself in some other capacity in my life other than word of mouth.

After recently deciding to browse my medley of proverbs I discovered there was a pretty obvious pattern in their subject matter. The proverbs i realized, mostly deal with an issue that is important to me or they resonate with a personal philosophy. Collectively, all the proverbs i had stored afforded a view of me from a surprisingly different perspective, one i had not previously been privy to.

Proverbial looking-glass perhaps, or just proverbial.

“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein