Who said this?

Here’s a quote I thought of. I don’t know if its an actual quote from someone or if I imagined it to be a quote of someone else. In any case, I liked it so much I wanted to share it. To explain the quote first. It means someone makes an issue about some matter, but there is no issue. The person has unknowingly exaggerated what they thought was an issue. But there is no basis for it. Here’s the quote:

A lion roars, but there is no one outside.

Haunting, powerful, this quote is distinguished, and captures the meaning above.


Years ago, I wondered what this meant:

A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

Proverbs 26:13 (NIV Bible)

I think I get it now. I could leave it at that and ask my reader, what do you think it means, but I like to share what I think it means first, because it compels me to share.

I think this proverb means that a sluggard is someone who is afraid to do hard work. The sluggard won’t go outside, to go to work, because a lion is on the streets. Lions like work can be hard to tame and one might get killed if going outside when a lion is there. One may think that working hard will kill you. But I say, if you have no good reason not to work, you should.

Years ago I could not see what this proverb was actually saying–so I took it literally meaning that someone would not go outside if there really was a lion on the street. But that did not make sense somehow so I wondered what it really meant. Although I have never forgotten it. This proverb is a striking use of language that immediately gets the senses going…and when I revisited that proverb again, I finally got it.