53 Proverbs That Can Help You Live A Happier Life

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Proverbs are meaningful messages, moral maxims, and timeless truths.

Their wholesome words come from many cultures and several sources to teach us important life lessons.

Proverbs are memorable sayings.

Proverbs are memorable sayings.

John Russell said, “A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.”

The nuggets of wisdom they contain can help you live a happier life.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Because they are instructive, I have collected many over the years.

Because brevity makes them memorable, I have shortened them to be as concise as possible.ย This also makes them powerful, potent and practical.

For example, when I read, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment,” as found in John 7:24, I consolidate this as: “Judge justly.” This is one of 29 alliterative proverbs you will find in my post, 29 Ways To Perpetuate Peace.

Here are some more short sayings:

* Accentuate the positive… Be optimistic.

* Align your actions with love… Be loving!

* Challenge yourself to excellence… Be better.

* Decisions determine destiny… Be wise.

* Now is the only time to live… Live now!

* Remember who you are and where you’ve come from. Be yourself.

Whereas QUOTES are citations, or figures of speech, PROVERBS are clearly clever catchphrases, brilliant bywords, or folk wisdom. There are many kinds of these short sayings. May they inspire you!

Affirming Proverbs

Proverbs also serve as powerful affirmations. They offer words of encouragement, hope and motivation.

You are beautiful.

You are lovable.

You are unique.

You are never too old.

You are not a failure.

You are worthy of respect.

You can change.

You deserve the very best.

You deserve to be happy.

You have great value!

You have options.

You will find your way.

Biblical Proverbs

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. ~ Proverbs 17:17

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit. ~ Proverbs 15:4

A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. ~ Proverbs 24:5

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. ~ Proverbs 15:17

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4

Come let us takes our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with love. ~ Proverbs 7:18

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:3

Criticize constructively. ~ Lamentations 3:40

Do everything in love. ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~ Proverbs 16:24

He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. ~ Proverbs 21:21

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. ~ Proverbs 3:3

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. ~ Psalms 85:10

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. ~ Romans 12:9

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bear with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2

There are hundreds more such proverbs in the Bible.

Cultural Proverbs From Around the World

African… “It takes a village to raise a child.” Be responsible.

Arab… “When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.” Use words wisely.

Bulgarian… “A gentle word opens an iron gate.” Be polite.

Chinese… “Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.” Learn from experience.

Irish… “Tell the truth and shame the devil.” Maintain integrity.

Japanese… “Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” Plan properly.

Jewish… “Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” Be careful!

Philippines… “A clear conscience is far more valuable than money.” Be honest!

Russian… “Success and rest don’t sleep together.” Patiently persist.

Spanish… “Home is where the heart is.” Be happy everywhere.

Swedish… “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” Love liberally.

Instructive Proverbs

First things first… Logically order and patiently plan your actions according to importance. Set priorities!

Get down to brass tacks… Don’t waste any time in taking action on your plan. Be proactive!

No man is an island… You can try to do it all by yourself but, at some point, you will need help from others.

Strike while the iron is hot… Capitalize on an opportunity while you have it. Take action!

Aristotle said, “To live happily is an inward power of the soul.” Live happily!

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Seeking revenge only makes things worse. Do right!

Enjoy this six-minute relaxing video with many wise words…

In conclusion… proverbs are timeless. As you can see, they still direct us by speaking to our heart.

You Have A Voice… Let’s Hear It

Which of these proverbs speak to you more strongly than the rest?

Do you agree that the wisdom contained in these proverbs can help you live a happier life?

Do you have a favorite proverb you would like to share?

I will love to know what your thoughts are. Please contribute here. here. Thank you very much!

Thank you very much!

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

74 thoughts on “53 Proverbs That Can Help You Live A Happier Life

  1. Hi Bill,

    Wow! What a collection ๐Ÿ™‚

    You know I love quotes and proverbs and use them so often in most of my posts, so this is certainly a page I am going to be bookmarking and might even use a few of these.

    I love the wise words in the video too, and tough for me to decide and choose just one from this list as they are ALL so awesome. Great start to my new day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational piece with us. Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Hi Harleena,
      I know I didn’t make it easy to pick a favorite, as there are so many. Some people resonate with one particular idea more than others.
      I think as long as there is a need for wisdom, for the daily simple reminders that challenge us to be better and live intentionally, there will always be a need for such proverbs. You’re very welcome. I thank YOU for your contribution. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your week also.


  2. Hi Bill,

    This is an incredible compilation of proverbs from around the world and from various sources. And yes, I love proverbs and these profound nuggets of wisdom.

    Do these help us live our lives happier? Well, it depends. If we let them, absolutely. But if we don’t let them affect us in any way and only use them to quote for other people (and not for ourselves), they make no difference whatsoever!

    You have shared so many of them and so many of them are my favorite. So, like Harleena said, it’s hard to choose one ๐Ÿ™‚ But, if I must chose one, I would choose the following:

    1. Love me when I least deserve it, because thatโ€™s when I really need it.
    2. Tell the truth and shame the devil.
    3. Donโ€™t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.

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    • Hi Kumar,
      You’re right. the proviso is exactly that – if we let them. Otherwise, they are meaningless.
      As with everything in life, proverbs will be as meaningful as we make them to be, when we assign a weight of importance to them.

      Obviously, I enjoy all of them as well. My favorite proverb is the four words I strive to live by: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
      Which requires loving oneself in a healthy way to begin with.

      Thanks for contributing.

      Best Regards,

  3. Hi Bill,

    Proverbs contain the wisdom of the world and yes, I agree with you – their brevity is their hallmark! I have always loved proverbs and there was a time when we had to mug them up for exams, to reserve those 5 marks! I remember we used to give the book to each other after memorising them, to check how many we could recollect!

    I would like to add my favourite ones from those times:
    Work is worship.
    Where there is will, there is a way.
    No pains, no gains.
    Make hay while the sun shines.
    A rolling stone gathers no moss.
    Necessity is the mother of invention.
    Have you noticed Bill, that all these convey some values…that is how probably we picked up some of them. Our art teacher always said that she didn’t believe in Tit for tat, whosoever ever mentioned it! And so I eliminated that proverb from my vocabulary.

    Thanks for sharing an exhaustive list, I had not read some of them. Have a nice day!
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    • Hi Balroop,
      Thank you very much for adding more proverbs to the list I posted. They do, indeed, convey values.
      I especially like “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Maybe because I am Will. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by again.

      Best Regards,

  4. Hello Bill,
    Thank you for taking time to share the words full of wisdoms. You are also wiseman.
    I liked Irish proverbsโ€œTell the truth and shame the devil.โ€ Maintain integrity.

    Have a wonderful week,

    • Hi Charmant,
      It is my pleasure to contribute this, as I think our lives are guided by the wisdom of such words.
      There are also a number of Irish blessings. One of my favorite books is “To Bless The Space Between Us” which is exactly that.
      I think it is important to reflect on what blessings we enjoy as well.

      May you be blessed with a wonderful week too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      All the best!

  5. That’s a lot of quotes. โ€œSuccess and rest donโ€™t sleep together.โ€ seems to apply to me now, since I’m writing this at 1:22 a.m.!
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    • Hi Beth,
      Yes, I also am acquainted with those wee hours of the morning. They are some of my most productive times.
      While rest is important to re-energize, and renew our strength, we never get our time back. So, as another proverb says, “Make the most of every moment.”

      Wishing you a successful week!


  6. Challenge yourself to excellence….Be better. That one spoke to me most of all. Thanks for the great list.

    • Hi Lenie,
      As a personal challenge, that is probably one of the best, as is “Challenge your own assumptions,” which can definitely prevent a few headaches.
      You’re very welcome. I trust your summer is going well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      All the best!

  7. There is a lot of wisdom on this page! It’s hard to choose…but I would say that he ones I heard versions of the most as a child were…a gentle word opens an iron gate, and challenge yourself to excellence.
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      I also enjoy the irregular sized books that are chock full of life wisdom. They’re great for internal reflection.
      All these proverbs really just serve as reminders for what we already know, but often overlook because we are so busy.

      Enjoy your week!


  8. I really liked these proverbs and quotes. My favourites are “Now is the only time to live…Live now” and “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.”
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    • Hi Donna,
      I’m glad you enjoy these sayings. Yes, now is all we ever have, and it’s a shame so many people miss it by worrying about the future or living in the past. Anywhere there is love is a better place than where hatred exists.

      Enjoy the week ahead!

  9. Fabulous collection Bill. Most of my favorite ones are from the bible. And I love that you featured, “Do everything in love. ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14” That about says it all about life doesn’t it? And it continues to somehow escape me at times. So thanks for that reminder too!
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    • Hi Pat,
      Of all the proverbs, “Do everything in love” is my favorite. It is clear and concise.
      Yes, indeed. What is life without love? I could write a whole book just answering that question. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I do like that they serve as reminders. Good thing too, because it helps us remember that we are just human after all.

      Enjoy your week!

  10. Chineseโ€ฆ โ€œOnly he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.โ€ Learn from experience.

    This one I have heard before and makes so much sense. Our hardships and the bumps along the way, educates us for the future.

    • Welcome William. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you have stopped in. The proverb you wrote about reminds me of many things… the road less travelled, walking a mile in another man’s shoes, going the extra mile. It’s interesting there are so many parallels and they all call us to be wiser.

      Have a great week!

  11. I am a quote junky… LOL. “Do everything in love”. is one that says so much in such few word. I love that about it Bill. The fact, is there are SOOO many quotes I love here that I’m bookmarking this for the future. Thanks Bill. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Hi Susan,
      Yes, as I shared with Pat, “Do everything in love” is my favorite. Thinking that others such as yourself may wish to get more of these proverbs, I included the three links at the bottom of the post, in case you haven’t seen them before. Glad you enjoy this type of content. Thank YOU ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Hi bill; i always feel like I’ve learned something valuable after reading your posts. these proverbs and many others can definitely help us live a happier life. one of my dad’s favorites was a one man band doesn’t play too loud too long. thanks so much for sharing, max
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    • Hi Max,
      I love learning from you too Max. I especially enjoy hearing how your Dad has taught you life lessons that could easily be made into a small book.
      The Proverbial Life: Lessons My Dad Taught Me. (Another marketing idea for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing one of your Dad’s favorite sayings. I had never heard it before, and it makes a lot of sense.

      All the best for a great week ahead,

  13. A very good collection of proverbs. I love to collect positive quotes to be used in my art. I like the one says to dip the arrow of truth in honey before shooting it. Very valuable lesson. My mom used to tell us” Before saying something, you need to look at yourself, look at the listener, look at the occasion/time, look at your status and your listener’s status”. It all mean the same thing, very careful with the words.
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    • Hi Bindu,
      Obviously, your Mom was wise to teach you so well. Many people do not consider what words will depart from their mouth. What your Mom told you is much the same as this: When you point a finger of blame, remember that three point to you. Glad you enjoy these proverbs. Thanks for contributing,


  14. Bill- I don’t know how you do it. This is a great list of proverbs. Like anything if you believe it then it is real and becomes your truth.
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    • Hi Arleen,
      I read quite a lot, where I come across snippets of wisdom in the form of pithy proverbs and sage sayings.
      Yes, I agree with you. Your beliefs create your life experience. Enjoy your week!


  15. Donโ€™t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.โ€ Be careful! – This one made me laugh, even though it’s so true (well, it is if you want to be safe)!

    It’s great to have a whole list like this to refer to, Bill, and I’m sure it’ll help many when they’re in need of a boost to their self-esteem, or even a reminder of how to live life.

    I’m reminded of the list of affirmations I use… I’ve been forgetting to read them while on vacation! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to add this post to my weekly reading list. You’ve got many wonderful nuggets of wisdom here. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  16. I used to love reading proverbs when I was learning English language. I still love reading proverbs and good quotes especially if they have a positive message. I like the Arab one: โ€œWhen you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.โ€ Use words wisely…something I need to remind myself often when dealing with my teenager!

    • Hi Mina,
      I am glad that proverbs were part of your English education. I am also glad that you use the wisdom of such words to guide you in being careful
      with your child. After all, we are the example our children mirror.

      Warm Regards,

  17. This was a great list to share. The Ben Franklin one was my favorite out of the bunch. The proverb that I try to live most by comes from the iconic yet polarizing footballer Roy Keane. In his autobiography, he wrote “Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.” He was not shy to criticize those who took competition lightly.

    I love your posts. They always focus on some positive aspects of life. For that, I thank you.
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    • Hey Carl,
      Thank you for the words of encouragement. I think life is so much better when we adopt a positive perspective. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Benjamin Franklin was such a fascinating character. Imagine if he were alive today, what his thoughts would be.
      “Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail” are such wise words. Elegant in their simplicity; strong in their message.

      Fortunately, I learned the discipline of preparation in the military, even though “Be prepared” is attributed to Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell.

      Best Regards,

  18. Bill,

    Thank you for taking the time to put this post together – I will definitely be referring back to it for wisdom and encouragement. My favorite proverb would be Proverbs 22:4. I need this constant reminder that without humility nothing is learned or truly gained. May I add a proverb similar to these? It resides on my ‘encouragement page’ posted on my refrigerator. “Change comes one decision at a time. Be ready and decide wisely.”
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    • Welcome Kate! ๐Ÿ™‚
      You’re very welcome. Nice to have you stop in for a visit. Yes, that goes well with Proverbs 16:18, which I did not include in this post.
      I think we all need to be reminded; just part of having a finite mind. Yes, if you have more proverbs you wish to add, please do so.
      To yours, I will say… Decisions determine destiny. I appreciate your contribution to the conversation. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  19. In Scotland they say : “When despair is as highest, help is nighest”
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  20. As I was reading these words of wisdom I looking for a single one I could comment about that spoke to me the most. Unfortunately or fortunately, many of them were appropriate to me and all were wise. If I had one favorite though it might be the Swedish one.
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    • Hi Tim,
      I know what you mean. What I find interesting is how you can look at one of these proverbs at a certain age, and revisit it later and it has taken on a new meaning because of life experience. I trust you are enjoying another great week.

      Best Regards,

  21. Hi Bill,
    I must say that’s a pretty good collection of proverbs. I find your posts very inspiring as well.
    Keep doing the good work.

    • Welcome Ajay,
      Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I look through proverbs, quotes and wise sayings on a daily basis. I find them continually refreshing
      and always providing motivation and enrichment.

      All the best!

  22. I really enjoyed the cultural proverbs. “A gentle word opens an iron gate.” Good advice.
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    • Welcome Ken,
      I think it is important to recognize the diversity of cultures we have to enjoy. Whenever I am in a large city, I love being among various cultures, taking in the sights and sounds, the flavors of food and language, and the way they express themselves. I also love the wisdom of proverbs such as the one that appealed to you.

      Kind Regards,

  23. I love to collect quotes and proverbs. Pinterest has made it so easy to do so, but I also have an Excel spreadsheet for my favorite ones because I used to write a quote on my classroom whiteboard every day to incorporate into discussion at some point.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      I enjoy collecting them also. It is rather neat when you think of the power of words and the influence those words have had on your students.
      Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed learning something more about you.

      All the best!

  24. This is a great roundup of proverbs, Bill. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I especially like the one by Benjamin Franklin. It’s so very trueโ€ฆwhenever people just tell us what to do, we often forgetโ€ฆanything experiential is much more likely to be remembered. Thanks for a great read.

    • Hi Michele,
      You’re very welcome. It is my pleasure to contribute. What I like about proverbs is that they are timeless and they each have something to impart to us.
      Many times, they come in handy at just the right moment. Yes, I certainly agree… life experience speaks for itself.

      Kind Regards,

  25. Well, you blew me away with this one, Bill. I cannot narrow it down to a favorite of the ones you shared. I have a book of Chinese proverbs. My oldest daughter is 100% Chinese and my youngest is 50% Chinese (Kazahstani) So, here is one of my favorites: “To love all things and treat them well, without thought of the self, this is good and just.” Confucius
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    • Hi Laurie,
      Thank you for sharing more about yourself, and your family. Thank you for adding value by contributing wisdom from the venerable Confucius.
      I really resonate with those words. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best Regards,

  26. Bill — excellent list. I’ve always liked from King Lear, “Ripeness is All.” You can read so much into those three little words.
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    • Thank you Jeannette. Ripeness is all. Yes, I think of the brevity of life, making the most of every moment, to pluck the day (the actual translation of Carpe Diem.) To be ripe every day is to be fruitful. Thanks for this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  27. Bill, you really have a way with words and I love reading collections like this one. I’m going to remember “Align your actions with love.” One of my favorites goes something like this: “Treat everyone you meet with kindness because you never know what burden they are carrying.” Thanks for the uplifting thoughts!
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    • Hi Meredith,
      Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate them, and you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I endeavor every day to live out my motto BE LOVE TO OTHERS,
      so I think about that alignment all the time. I agree also with the wise words you contributed. Kindness makes all the difference,
      and I know for a fact, it costs us a lot more to be unkind.

      All the best!

  28. I am a fan of yours, Bill. This was such an interesting collection of proverbs. What a great idea to take the eclectic approach and bring in the essence from so many cultures and aspects of culture.
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    • Greetings Sue,
      Aw, shucks. Thank you kindly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think in the big scheme of things, it is important to celebrate differences and to learn from everyone; their
      habits and the way they express themselves, as it leads to a deeper appreciation of humanity. My grandfather used to say, “Sufferin’ nannygoats,”
      which I think would make a great name for a band. I am now just remembering something from 40 years ago when I was in the military. Back then, I heard the Congolese National Mass perform Missa Luba. There is a Congolese proverb that says, “A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character.” They also say, “The teeth are smiling, but is the heart?” Enjoy your week!


  29. As I mentioned to another BHB blogger today, I have been so out of sorts this week and feeling disjointed and overwhelmed. A lot of this week’s posts (that I’m reading today) are really resonating with me and this is no different. I love reading and collecting proverbs and quotes. When I was in radio, I had motivational quotes all over my wall.

    The moment I began reading and reached the Ben Franklin quote: โ€œTell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.โ€, I moved my cursor the the beginning to highlight so I could copy and paste that to a collection of quotes I keep in my Notes app. Also very cool feature you’ve got there to share the highlighted text on FB or Twitter. I shared it to Twitter by the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    There were many of these that I loved and a few I had never read. One of my favorites is a quote, not so much a proverb, from Ralph Waldo Emerson that says “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

    Thank you for all of these. I’m already feeling better!
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    • Hi Pamela,
      You’re very welcome. I’m glad this post gave you the boost you needed. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I also worked in radio many years ago, and to think back on it is like yesterday. I kept all my scopes.

      That app is called Sumo Me. It takes up little overhead and is free to use.

      Thank you for the Emerson saying and for social sharing. As they say, “Sharing is caring.” It’s nice to know you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Kind Regards!

  30. I really like, “when you shoot an arrow of truth, dip it in honey”. I had never heard that before but I love the image and I think we all need a bit of a reminder about that from time to time. I also like “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love, than a fattened calf with hatred”. Again, I had never heard of that, but I love the image. I spent some time in childhood in a place where people let money take precedence over relationships so this saying rings very true to me. A very good list and it was interesting to learn the origins of many very used proverbs.

    • Hello Erica,
      Yes, they are such words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing about your past, It helps understand why you resonate with the wisdom of these proverbs.
      I, too, had a lot to overcome in my childhood. I wouldn’t care to relive any of it, but it has made me who I am, so I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and how far I’ve come. Sometimes, it’s important to remind ourselves of these things as well.

      All the best for a nice week!

  31. Since I have just moved, I’ll have to take up the practice of writing some encouraging words on a post-it note and keeping it out in the open. You’ve provided some great ones, it will be hard to choose. In my previous apartment, I wrote on the mirror with a dry erase marker, “You deserve to be happy and healthy.” You wouldn’t think we’d have to give ourselves permission or a reminder. But sometimes we forget that are we are deserving. It gave me the confidence to let go of things (and sometimes people) that were no longer working for me.
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    • Hi Christina,
      I trust you are well and hopefully you are starting to get settled into your new home. If you have a cell phone, you may record inspiring words in an app, as well, such as Notes or Evernote or Quick Voice. Having them handy to look at, as you’ve said, is a good practice. Yes, we all need reminders. For the most part, we all know what is best, but we too soon get caught up in the day and lose sight of what is important.

      Yes, you deserve happiness. You deserve peace of mind. You deserve to be healthy. You matter!

      Best Regards,

  32. Hey Bill, it is interesting that this week I have been thinking about proverbs from my own country and how they could be disappearing into extinction as more and more people globalize and forget these truths. Just this week as well I received a hilarious proverb which originates from Ghana but I stand corrected, and it says “It requires a lot of carefulness to kill the fly that perches on the scrotum”. Enjoy the laugh and the week….
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    • Hi Welli,
      I have had the same thoughts as of late as well, but in a different way. I have shared some of my writing tips in a writing circle in a senior’s home.
      The oldest lady is 103 and is really chipper. I think it is a shame for the collected wisdom of people to not be recorded, distilled and disseminated for others to enjoy and benefit from. The proverb from Ghana, all I can think of is… Yikes! There really is no better time to be accurate. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  33. Claire Cappetta says:

    Wow! What a lot of good quotes and proverbs. I love them so much advice in such small little sentences and contexts, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Claire,
      Glad you enjoy them. William Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” It also comes in true, not only in conveying a message, but in how we see the challenges we face. Most everything is temporary, and when you get out from under, or beyond, or past the challenge, you can look back and laugh with joy.

      Kind Regards,

  34. Hello Bill,

    Thanks for sharing these meaningful proverbs. You have really done a great job. I appreciate your work and I bookmark this article now. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Greetings Moumita,
      You’re very welcome. I’m glad you find value in these proverbs. Thank you for the kind words.
      My apologies for the late response. I am catching up on a number of things before my daughter gets married.

      Kind Regards,

  35. Hello Mr. Buler,

    There is one thing I need to say, please keep on blessing us with such insightful posts. I had one prefect whiles in school and one thing he always told us was this; ‘If you want to be wise, always read proverbs’.

    Whiles carefully going through your post, one proverb which caught my attention was this; ‘Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred’
    Why enjoy the meat when hatred is abound?

    Thanks for this and do have a great day.
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    • Greetings Emmanuel,
      Thank you for adding value to the conversation. I agree with what you learned in school. It is true of any subject. If you wish to be successful – read success stories, autobiographies of wealthy people, etc. If you wish to be more humane, study everything about love.

      Here’s another proverb… “Make hay while the sun shines.” I’ve been doing that in light of the fact that I have much to accomplish
      before my daughter gets married. I will be returning early-mid September to add more value.

      All the best!

  36. Hello Bill,

    It’s quite sometime since my last visit…my apologies: I got very busy with my latest eBook.

    In Africa, we say: “Proverbs are the oil with which we eat the food of words”. When proverbs are nicely spiced up in conversations, how rich such a conversation becomes; when they are lived by, how gracious such a life turns out!

    I particularly appreciate the nice segmentation here. In particular, I love the Arabian proverb: โ€œWhen you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.โ€ Nothing can be better said especially in a world where truth isn’t particularly appreciated.

    Make the day great!

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    • Hello Terungwa,
      No worries, my friend. Everyone is busy. My daughter is getting married very soon, and I have been busy also.
      There is a Chinese proverb that says, “Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge.”

      I love the African proverb you provided. You’ve really painted a nice word picture of conversation… like a sumptuous meal when they are lived by.
      The “arrow of truth” proverb reminds me of Mary Poppins singing “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
      It is also known as sugar-coating the truth. I agree with you, in many cases, the truth is not appreciated.

      Thank you kindly! All the best to you. ๐Ÿ™‚


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