Proverbs on Gratitude

From ancient times and in every language, culture, and community, people have distilled profound wisdom into a form that is concise, portable, and memorable. One popular form of neatly encapsulated wisdom is known as the proverb. A proverb, which is also called an adage, maxim, or epigram, is potent; in a single, pithy phrase, it conveys a universal truth or a valuable piece of advice. Proverbs articulate principles that are passed from one generation to the next—principles about how to live with meaning and purpose, and how to cope with any sort of situation a person might encounter in life.

In the United States, the month of November is a time to remember and celebrate gratitude. In honor of this, enjoy this banquet of proverbs from around the world on the topic of gratitude.

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