To Live By
These inspirational proverbs are all entered elsewhere on this website. According to the dictionary a proverb is a short saying that expresses a truth or gives a warning, for this page you won't find any negative 'warnings' a better description would be 'words of advice' as they are all positive proverbs.
Robert Muller 1923 - 2010
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They are humanity's most condensed form of wisdom.
Proverbs are listed alphabetically
Inspirational Proverbs: A
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A heart that loves is always young.
James & Evelyn (my paternal grandparents)
A light heart lives long.
A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
A mother understands what a child does not say.
A path is formed by walking.
Shona & Emma
A rich child often sits on a poor mother's lap.
A tree is known by it's fruit.
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold, in settings of silver.
All that glitters is not gold.
All the world loves a lover.
An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
As long as you have the blessing of your parents, it does not matter, even if you live in the mountains.
Before enlightenment: chopping wood, carrying water. After enlightenment: chopping wood, carrying water.
Birds of a feather, flock together.
illustrated by Sandra Reeves
Brothers are like hands and feet.
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
Inspirational Proverbs: C
Children are a bridge to Heaven.
Amy & Sophie
Children are poor men's riches.
Continually give... Continually gain.
Death is the greatest leveller.
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Inspirational Proverbs: E
Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Every path has its puddle.
Everyone is the age of their heart.
Fear of death is worse than death itself.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
From small beginnings, come great things.
Inspirational Proverbs: G
God couldn't be everywhere... so he created mothers.
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
Great oaks, from little acorns grow.
Happy is he that is content.
He who takes the child by the hand... takes the mother by the heart.
He who teaches children learns more than they do.
Heaven is at the feet of mothers.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
Inspirational Proverbs: I
If a family has an old person in it, it possesses a jewel.
If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.
If you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep on walking.
If you want something done, ask someone who's already busy.
In time of test, family is best.
It is impossible to feel angry if one has a smile on one's face.
It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
It is only at the tree laden with fruit that people throw stones.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
It's never too late to learn.
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Just think of the trees; they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come, and no longing for their return when they fly away.
Inspirational Proverbs: K
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
Inspirational Proverbs: L
Learning is a treasure no thief can steal.
Look upon death as a home-going.
Love is a ring and a ring has no end.
Love is like a dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
Love makes the world go round.
Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
Man stands in his own shadow... and wonders why it is dark.
Marriages are made in heaven.
Alfred & Jennie (my maternal grandparents)
May God bless you to live as long as you want to, and to want to as long as you live.
Inspirational Proverbs: N
Never judge from appearances.
No road is long with good company.
One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.
Inspirational Proverbs: S
Shared joy is a double joy.
Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
The best things in life are free.
The child of a tiger... is a tiger.
The darkest hour is just before dawn.
The first step is the hardest.
The great river refuses no stream.
The heart of a child is like that of Buddha.
The journey is the reward.
The men of old see not the moon today, yet the moon of today is the same that shone on them.
The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
The road to a friend's house is never long.
The secret to living well and longer is…
And love without measure.
There is no chance that does not return.
Things are not always what they seem.
Those who wish to sing.. always find a song.
Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
True love never grows old.
Inspirational Proverbs: W
When a man is happy he does not hear the clock strike.
When I change... the world can change.
When one door closes... another one opens.
When the student is ready... the Master appears.
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
You can't tell a book by it's cover.
You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
You need to learn to lose, before you can play the game properly.