Inspirational Quotes and Proverbs
    About Rocks, Pebbles, Stones

by Maria Chatzi

Following is a list of rocks and stones inspirational quotes and proverbs 

1. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Latin

2. “Don’t waste too many stones on one bird.” Chinese

3. “When you see a rock coming, it hurts less.” Greek

4. “Gifts break rocks.” Spanish

5. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.” Chinese

6. “River stones remain, while water flows away.” Romanian

7. “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” English

8. “He who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones first” Chinese

9. “The good mill grinds stones.” Greek

10. “He who hunts for an elephant should not stop to throw stones at birds.” African

11. “He who has a glass head should not throw stones at others.” Italian

12. “Beware of the scorpion that rests under the rock.” Greek

13. “When a king reigns it is thanks to the people, when a river sings it is thanks to the stones. Malagasy.

14. “The pebble in the brook secretly believes itself to be a precious stone.” Japanese

15. “A rock that rolls cannot build a home.” Greek

16. “Envy sees only the sea not the rocks in it.” Russian

17. “A lucky man is someone who plants pebbles and harvests potatoes.” Greek

18. “One pebble doesn’t make a floor.” Nigerian

19. “It’s only the tree loaded with fruits that people throw stones at.” French

20. “We should build with the stones we have.” Swedish

21. “Rocks and mud-bricks and wood and tiles thrown without any structure do not make a house.” Ancient Greek

22. “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” American

23. “It is drops of water that make a hole in the rock.” Greek

24. “When all the water has gone, only the largest stones will still remain in the riverbed.” African

25. “Call on God but row away from the rocks.” Indian

26. “I do not know how I may seem to others, but to myself I am only a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to be contented with.” Plato

27. " A rock in the middle of the sea is never afraid of rain." (African)

28. " Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone, and more fragile than a rose." (Turkish)

29. " You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." (Winston Churchill)

30. " Rocks remember." (Geologists' saying)

31. " If you are irritated by every rub, how can you be polished?" (Rumi)

32. " Eggs have no business dancing with stones." (Haitian)

33. " A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple." (Mavritanian)

34. " It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe." (Muhammad Ali)

Here are some tips on how to use the above inspirational quotes and proverbs about rocks and stones

  • One idea is to teach kids short story writing or to help children learn paragraph developing skills. Use the above quotes and proverbs as story or paragraph starters, story titles or as the main idea around which the paragraph or story should be built.
  • Of course, it is not only kids that could exercise their writing skills this way but it’s a good idea for grownups with a creative writing hobby as well. For adults, two or more of them could be used to write a single short story.
  • The more rocks and stones inspirational quotes we choose to use, the more difficult it gets to come up with a story and more advanced writing skills are required. The same applies to writing poems inspired by proverbs, if you wish to express yourself through poetry instead.
  • Another idea is to make inspirational decorative rocks and pebbles. Use an artist's pen to write the above rocks and stones inspirational quotes on the back side of the beach pebbles or beach rocks. Then have kids draw a small picture on each (inspired by the quote or proverb chosen). When you’ve finished, use a protective varnish and display them indoors or outdoors (patio, yard or garden). They make beautiful décor items and they’re inspiring for your guests too.

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