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The wisdom of the ages has been passed down from seers and sages for hundreds of years, but the deeper meaning/significance remains encoded within our DNA, ready to be unlocked when the timing is right.




These sayings poetically articulate what is, in a way that we can understand and relate to as the illusion of time passes before our eyes. The words are timeless, as the wisdom moves through each era – passing the metaphorical torch to the next messenger, hoping to bring light to wherever there is darkness.

Below, we’ve curated 20 ancient proverbs from around the world that provide potent wisdom for our modern times. From Egypt, Sumer, China and Greece – each ancient saying still resonates greatly to this day.

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Egyptian

The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.

For every joy there is a price to be paid.

True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge; it is an awaking of consciousness which goes through successive stages.

What reveals itself to me ceases to be mysterious  for me alone: if I unveil it to anyone else, he hears mere words which betray the living sense:Profanation, but never revelation.

The first concerning the ‘secrets’: all cognition comes from inside; we are therefore initiated only by ourselves, but the Master gives the keys.

 

Sumerian

A dog which is played with turns into a puppy.

Possessions make trust of crucial importance.

The elephant spoke to himself: “There is nothing like me!” The wren answered him: But I, in my own small way, was created just as you were!”

Whoever has walked with truth generates life.

Do not return evil to your adversary; maintain justice for your enemy, do good things, be kind all your days. What you say in haste you may regret later.

 

Chinese

A sharp tongue or pen can kill without a knife.

If you always give you will always have.

If you hurry through long days, you will hurry through short years.

At birth we bring our nothing; at death we leave with the same.

With virtue you can’t be completely poor; without it you can’t be truly rich.

 

Greek

From a thorn a rose emerges and from a rose a thorn.

From a child and a crazy person you learn the truth.

What you wish for when you’r sober, you act-out when drunk.

A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.