«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday
Edited By Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna
Wisdom in Proverbs
1Introduction and Questions
Obviously, trying to pin down what may be considered a wise saying among proverbs is a futile effort as all proverbs are traditionally considered to be drops of essence containing wisdom, though some do seem to sound more wise, such as The apple does not fall far from the tree, some less so. Yet it is in fact relevant to ask whether all the proverbs really express some kind of wisdom. Leaving the problem open, it may be enough to say that it is, at least, definitely not true, that only those proverbs containing words 'wisdom' and 'wise' must tell us something about wisdom. Hence, a limitation of the scope is necessary: To make it really simple, let us concentrate on wisdom proverbs only, i.e. those having this loaded word in their form. Before doing so, however, some other general questions, seemingly futile for some, about people using proverbs might and should be asked.
2Questions About 'Wisdom'
Since frequent attributes attached to proverbs include 'wisdom,' one may naturally ask a couple of questions based on this premise, therefore:
(1)Is a man/woman often using proverbs wise, i.e. one displaying some kind of wisdom?
(2)Is a paremiologist studying proverbs professionally and extensively a particularly wise person, then?
A summary simple answer is that it is not the knowledge of proverbs but one's respect to and realization...
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