Proverbially Speaking genre: He Said, She Said

"Proverbially Speaking" is a recurring posting here at Thought Theater. The intention of the category "He Said, She Said" is to present sayings, proverbs, and quotations that provoke thought. From time to time, I will try to relate them to current events. Having grown up in an Italian family with immigrant grandparents, I had the fortune, over the years, to learn numerous sayings that had been translated from Italian into English. I've long been fascinated by such sayings and proverbs and particularly the lessons they seek to impart. You're encouraged to comment on the ones presented as well as add your own sayings, proverbs, and quotations for discussion.

I went to a Catholic high school in Canon City, Colorado called Holy Cross Abbey. The school was an adjunct to a Benedictine monastery. My father and his brothers attended the school as well. Brother Louis, one of the more colorful members of the monastery, was a longstanding fixture at the school and his tenure spanned both generations of my family. He was known for his interesting observations and sayings including the one that follows.

In these times of political partisanship and culture wars fueled by those on the opposite ends of the spectrum, this saying of Brother Louis's seems appropriate and insightful. Its timeless nature supports the truth it holds. The saying has its roots in Gnostic and early Christian teachings.

"In order for the pendulum to find its center, it must swing to both extremes."

Daniel DiRito | April 17, 2006 | 11:39 AM
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1 On April 17, 2006 at 1:38 PM, sunyasi wrote —

As the Zen philosopher Basho once said:

A flute without holes is no longer a flute
and a donut without a hole is a Danish.

2 On April 17, 2006 at 3:06 PM, Daniel wrote —


Very appropos. Thanks for adding your observations. They are much appreciated.

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