Proverbs are short statement of wisdom or advice that has passed into general use. Most of these sayings are rooted in folklore and have been preserved by oral tradition. An example of such commonplace wisdom is "A rolling stone gathers no moss". Others may have derived from popular usage, such as "Money is the root of all evil" from the biblical saying "The love of money is the root of all evil".
Many famous proverbs abound in the Bible, in early Greek and Roman literature. The Bible has provided a large number of proverbs. A famous proverb in the bible is proverb 31. Often the same accepted truths are found in proverbs from different cultures and languages worldwide. Some proverbs have literary origins, as in the case of the adaptation by Benjamin Franklin of Aesop's proverb "The gods help them that help themselves".