They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
(And while we’re on the topic, who’s this eponymous “they?” “They” seem to get around a lot and make endless, overarching recommendations for humanity. Hubris.)
Sometimes words are worth more than pictures.
Take for instance, fortune cookies.
With just a simple snap, a poignant and thought-provoking combination of words says more than a picture ever can.
(However, the “poignant and thought-provoking” portion is debatable. Take for instance, some of the worst fortune cookie fortunes ever: “Today is probably a huge improvement over yesterday,” “Someone will invite you to a karaoke party,” or “Cookies go stale. Fortunes are forever.”)
If you look hard enough, you’ll find little thought-provoking phrases all over the world.
Take a look.
This phrase appears at an entrance to Harvard and is a quote from the Latin poet, Horace. Stylistically translated it means, “Thrice happy they, and more than that, Whom bond of love so firmly ties…” (And I’m a sucker for anything Latin or related to the Romans.)
From a sundial at Southern Methodist University.
Thanks to the free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s in Florence, I discovered a mantra that I know some people would jump at to live by.
In Germany. Yes, to each his own.
Translated from Latin, “Work conquers all.” A phrase that perfectly captures Germany.
From the birthland of Latin, this phrase translated means, “Love your neighbors as yourself.”
From a graffittied wall in Lucca, Italy comes the romanticism of the Italians, “If you’re here, I have nothing to fear.”
From Coldplay’s song, “Yellow,” you can always find little reminders of home.
So take a look around you. You might be surprised by what you find.