Some very a-peel-ing fruit proverbs

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

This Welsh saying was originally phrased, “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” This saying dates back to 1866, but the phrase you most commonly hear wasn’t publicly used until 1913. An apple is often symbolic of health, and in this case represents lifestyle choices that lead to health and wellness. (

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – Elbert Hubbard

Two different people are accredited for this quote, Hubbard and Dale Carnegie (who used it in his book “How to stop worrying and start living”). Regardless of the author, this proverb has also become a common phrase in many people’s households. This saying represents challenges that life throws at you. When life gives you lemons-or challenges and hardships-make the best out of it (make lemonade).

Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside” – Katherine Gaskin

Gaskin came up with this saying when creating her business, Salty Pineapple. Immediately, this saying became famous. This saying compares a person with a pineapple is a really neat way. Gaskin looked at a pineapple, and drew inspiration from it on how to be a better person. Here is her own description of what it means: “Be a pineapple. Everyone’s on their own journey towards figuring out who they are. Might as well be a beautiful, tropical fruit specimen, right?

Stand tall. Be unapologetically proud of who you are and celebrate what makes you different. Strive to stand out amongst the crowd and shine bright. Wear a crown. Treat yourself like the queen or king you are and expect everyone around you to do the same. You’re precious, unique, rare and wonderful. Be sweet on the inside. Give love to as many people as you can, open your heart to the world and lead with kindness. We shouldn’t need a reason to be nice.”

“I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up”

– Mary Cassatt

This can refer to accepting the consequences of your actions-whether they are good or bad. If you cause something to happen, it is your responsibility to deal with it. Don’t leave someone else to clean up your mess.

“You don’t throw rocks at a green mango” – unknown

This is a Haitian proverb and refers to not knocking down the fruit until it is ripe. Be patient and give things time to work out and grow.

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

It can be quite difficult to be patient and let time take its course, but this proverb teaches that the long term effects of patience are rewarding and good. It is worth it to be patient in the moment because good things will later come from it. If you sacrifice in the moment, you’ll be blessed abundantly in the future.

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

Love is what makes life beautiful and meaningful. When you look at the tree in the springtime, what often stands out the most and gives that tree it’s uniqueness is its fruit and blossoms. Love is like that in our lives.

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad” – Brain O’Driscoll

Amen. I love this comparison between knowledge and wisdom. Everyone can have knowledge, but it takes a wise person to know how to apply that knowledge. This proverb does a unique and effective job of sharing that.

“Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana” – Terry Wogan


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