Archive for January 14, 2009

“Yes, You Can!” Sayings and Proverbs

“Simplicity is the beauty that decorates humanity.”  I don’t know what the origin of that saying is, whether it is Uzbek or not, maybe my Kazakh readers might know.  The next one is Uzbek for sure but might apply to other Central Asians:  “Uzbek women prefer to be a mother of scientists rather than being a scientist.”  From a British male perspective, this is what George Bernard Shaw penned: “When I was a young man, I observed that one out of ten things were failures.  I did not want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.”  I’m sure Shaw’s mother was proud of him.


A Russian proverb is interesting to read while living in Central Asia which is traditionally known as an oral culture: “It is better to see once than hear 100 times.”  Obviously whoever voiced that was NOT an auditory learner.  A Kazakh proverb which also relates to education is:  “The better you grow up the tree, the sooner you eat its great fruits.”


Dale Carnegie was known to have written:  “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”  I’m not sure who wrote the following but I appreciate its wisdom:  “We know who we were, who we are and who we are going to be; likewise, I know who I was and who I am going to be in the future, and that is what I have been working on since I remember myself.”


Finally, the following is written by John Wesley which means living life to the fullest with a “yes, you can” attitude and work ethic:


Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as you can.



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