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Ancient Proverbs
June 14, 2013, 2:47 am
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

Each school year I provide a quote for the week for my students to write in their time trackers/planners and to think about during the week. I have a set of quotes from certain authors along with some proverbs that I share as a quote for the week throughout the school year. As proverbs they “express some obvious truth or familiar experience” and for my students focused primarily on learning and character. Below are the proverbs that I share with my students each year:

Book of Ecclesiastes

A good name is better than fine perfume.

For wisdom is protection as money is protection.

Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers of a city.

Book of Proverbs

Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding.

Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.

Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

The one who follows instruction is on the path to life, but the one who rejects correction goes astray.

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to those who search for it.

To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.

Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

Those who respect advice will succeed.

The wise look ahead to see what is coming.

A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.

For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

The tongue that heals is a tree of life.

Pleasant speech increases learning.

Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the taste and health to the body.

A joyful heart is good medicine.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise in later life.

It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute.

The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit.

The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

He who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.

A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.

A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.

As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.

The ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer.


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