One Minute History Lesson: A Lid for Every Pot

Once in a while I receive a request for  a custom text that makes me curious. Quotes, writings, and poetry of all kinds are an interest and an inspiration for me, so when I read something that peeks my interest, I love to find out more.

One such text was from this custom order that I was making last week. (The clay in this image above is wet clay- so it is gray in color. It will turn a snowy white color when dried and then fired in the kiln.) The text that Laura and Frank requested was "A LID FOR EVERY POT;" an adage dating back several hundreds of years, meaning that there is someone out there - maybe a perfect match- for everyone.

As I researched further, I found that this saying is one that has roots in the proverbs of most every culture; some of the versions I found included:

Every pot will find its lid.- Yiddish (on marriage)

'There is no pot, however ugly, that does not one day find a cover."

So every beast finds a mate. -Honoré de Balzac, French novelist and playwright,  from  "The Maid of Thilouse"

You never know where inspiration may come from-perhaps in an image, or just a few words. Do you have some quotes or texts that have influenced or inspired you?