Favorite Amish Sayings by J.E.B. Spredemann

Favorite Amish Sayings by J.E.B. Spredemann

Today’s post won’t be long, but I’ve found that things don’t need to be lengthy to be meaningful.

Do you ever wonder where sayings originate? I know I do.

I have an Amish Country Daily Perpetual Calendar that sits on my desk. I find the serene pictures calming and the quotes interesting. Some of the sayings or ‘proverbs’ are enlightening, some can be comical. I’d like to share some of them with you today. (Used with permission.)

Here are some of them:

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Find your aim in life before you run out of ammunition.

Build bridges instead of walls.

The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school.

The extra mile is never crowded.

Ideas are funny things. They don’t work unless you do.

A river is like intelligence—the deeper it is the less noise it makes.

Unless we change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed.

Opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

A good thing about telling the truth is you don’t have to remember what you said.

Memory is what tells a man that his wife’s birthday was yesterday.

Having money is a poor way to be rich.

Everything has its beauty—but not everyone sees it.

Live each day as if it were your last—someday you’ll be right.

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

Here’s a timely one:

Will you rejoice in the birth of the King? Or just in the things Christmas will bring?

And here are a couple of my favorites:

Many hands make light work.

The waves of hatred beat in vain against the rock of love.

What about you? Do you have a favorite Amish ‘proverb’ or perhaps a saying that has been in your own family? We’d love to hear it!

If you enjoy all things Amish and would like to purchase your own copy, Doyle Yoder has some great Amish calendars like the one mentioned above. Check them out here: www.amishcalendars.com


J. Spredemann

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