Quote Challenge – Wise Old Sayings

Rory, from the blog A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip has issued me another quote challenge. This time, the topic is Wise Old Sayings. I wonder if Rory knows the old Pennsylvania Dutch saying “We get too soon old and too late smart“.  This certainly applies to me, however, I am still waiting for the “smart” to arrive. On to the challenge!

Here are the rules:

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Here goes!

Thank you, Rory!


“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

I selected this Wise Old Saying because in my county (Lancaster, PA) there is a town called Bird In Hand. Really. Exhibit A:


Meditations in Motion
By Doug Kerr – Flickr: Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17171452

Of course, we also have towns named Paradise and Intercourse (really!) in this county.


Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

-Mary Tyler Moore

OK, so I’m not sure that this qualifies and a wise old saying, but it is a wise saying! I am a firm believer in making mistakes, of growing and evolving. That’s how we learn. None of us are perfect! I think we have eliminated the possibility of failure without a steep penalty from our young people today (but that is a different post).

My point is that people need to be allowed to fail. More than once. As the wise MTM said, it lets us practice being brave. To be able to fail, fall, get up, dust yourself off, and continue is what learning is all about.

I would like to see the wise old sayings from these three bloggers:

The Bag Lady

Tales From the Mind of Kristian






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