What makes a great proverb? For me, it should need no explanation for what it means. Yet, it should allow lots of discussion, expounding, thought, and contemplation if one wished to engage with it. There should be a lack of exception to its message, or a very limited number of exceptions, at most. It should be short, easy to say, and easy to remember. Basically, universal, deep, short, sweet.
“Let us not follow where the path may lead.
Let us go instead where there is no path,
And leave a trail.”
– Japanese Proverb
“As there are as many minds as there are heads,
so there are many kinds of love as there are hearts.”
– Leo Tolstoy
“The difference between the right word and almost the right word
is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
– Mark Twain
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability
to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time,
and still retain the ability to function.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
– Sydney Harris
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