Idiom Of the Week

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Our idiom this week is: a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

The defines this phrase as:

  • a proverb that means easy situations can never improve you or make you better
  • the harsh conditions of life make a person tougher and more capable
  • challenging experiences often give the best lessons of life

They also say, this proverb is believed to have an African origin. It’s been in use for quite a while and there is no record of the first use and actual origin of this proverb.

I find it surprising that I had never heard this saying before, since my husband was a sailor for 35 years. I do, however, like the phrase and the idea that it represents. I may begin using it. 🙂

Have you ever used this phrase?

15 thoughts on “Idiom Of the Week

  1. I have heard this before, probably in a book, but I have never used it. It is very similar to one I do use all the time ” what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger ” Both wise words ( quotes) for getting through tough times.

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