Ancient Proverbs Weekly Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge?

A challenge is not always difficult and this one was born to be fun and enriching.

Consider that:

  • We use proverbs almost everyday because they are old wisdom ingrained in our brains… Think of all the sayings put on quotes out there, and that goes from inspirational ones to humor.
  • So, you may already know a couple of them and may have heard someone using it in different languages. If not, how about asking Dr. Google about your favorites, just for fun?
  • Have I persuaded you enough? Not yet…Ok, then check below and decide.

 ‘Proverbs’ definition by the Oxford Dictionary

Proverbs—sayings that are well-known and often repeated, usually expressing metaphorically a truth based on common sense or practical experience.

Sayings—a term used to describe any current or habitual expression of wisdom or truth.

Proverbs fascinate me. I’ve used them often because it is a subtle way to speak with metaphors. It has always helped me illustrating wise thoughts that seemed so clear to me but not to others, had I used my own words.

One simple example:
Dutch: waar rook is, is vuur.
Portuguese: onde há fumaça, há fogo.
English: there is no smoke without fire.

Meaning: pay attention to early warnings, as they may indicate that a problem is on its way. Smoke is a symptom of fire. Look further.

When using proverbs in cross-cultural contexts, sometimes people recognized them when I translated into their language. What triggered a further interest was to hear that they said the same in their countries.

I found this simple situation a great way to understand how proverbs and sayings originated and travelled through history around the world. Moreover It is a fantastic way to learn about our past and other cultures.

Do you fancy joining the challenge?

Objective: Create a thriving community of ancient proverb lovers, who will learn even more about them through others. We will identify the proverbs that have crossed times and cultures all over the world, and find out if they have been modified or remained intact, and share them with all.

Here is how it works:

  • Find out one proverb that people use in at least two countries. The more countries you find, the best – it shows determination and perseverance. 🙂
  • Share it with the other participants. There are two ways to do it: 1. Write a post about the proverb history or whatever inspired you about it. 2. Post it on your blog and link it here at the comments section of this page.
  • Write the proverb directly at the comments section of this page.
  • Start time and end time: It is a weekly challenge starting on Sundays and ending on Thursdays.
  • Results: I will wrap up all submissions on a post every Sunday, at the same time that I will kick off the new cycle. All participants will receive a ping back.
  • Sharing on social media: Every Sunday I will also share the wrap up on Twitter, FB, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Tags: The hashtags we will use to help browsing the event on different platforms: #Blog/Ancient Proverb Challenge, #Blog/Blogging Ancient Proverbs.

I am very excited about this challenge and looking forward to have you joining the ride!


Badge logo: If you want to use the Challenge logo as above, here is the image URL in small and medium sizes.

Upload it to your blog and link it back here to the challenge:

Interesting facts about the logo image:

The logo I used for this challenge is an image of a cave painting dated at least 25,000-50,000 years ago at UNESCO – Brazil’s National Park Serra da Capivara. The archaeological sites have dating evidence that has challenged classical theories regarding the entry route into the Americas by human populations along the Bering Strait. Studies indicated that Serra da Capivara National Park was occupied by hunters and gatherers, followed by ceramic-farming societies. Discoveries suggest that human beings may have settled the region as far back as 50,000 years ago. The oldest remaining archaeological site with surviving rock art dates back 10,530 years. This park is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world and the property is an outstanding testimony to one of the oldest human communities of South America.

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10 thoughts on “Ancient Proverbs Weekly Challenge

  1. I love that bridge. It seems to be geometrically defiant! As for a proverb perhaps one of the most meaningful and true: The early bird gets the worm (means: if you can do something before someone else then YOU will have the benefits.


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