Proverbs Around the World


Behind an able man there are always other able men.
--Chinese Proverb

The absent are always at fault.
--Spanish Proverb

Praise the ripe field not the green corn.
--Irish Proverb

Teeth placed before the tongue give good advice.
--Italian Proverb

Years and sins are always more than owned.
--Italian Proverb

Nodding the head does not row the boat.
--Irish Proverb

It is not good to be alone, even in Paradise.
--Yiddish Proverb

There is no eel so small but it hopes to become a whale.
--German Proverb

In America an hour is forty minutes.
--German Proverb

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
--Chinese Proverb

It is a good answer which knows when to stop.
--Italian Proverb

With nice appearance people want to be deceived.
--German Proverb

To ask is no sin and to be refused is no calamity.
--Russian Proverb

Many things are lost for want of asking.
--English Proverb

A man without a wife is like
a man in winter without a fur hat.
--Russian Proverb

The beautiful is less what one sees than what one dreams.
--Belgian Proverb

Beauty and chastity are always quarreling.
--Spanish Proverb

He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him.
--Dutch Proverb

For a web begun God sends thread.
--Italian Proverb

If you are bitter at heart,
sugar in the mouth will not help you.
--Yiddish Proverb

Boasting is not courage.
--African Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
--Chinese Proverb

Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains.
--Yiddish Proverb

"But" is a fence over which few leap.
--German Proverb

He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup.
--Armenian Proverb

A bad cause requires many words.
--German Proverb

To change and to improve are two different things.
--German Proverb

If you hear that a mountain has moved, believe; but if you hear that a man has changed his character, believe it not.
--Islamic Proverb

If you do not drive in sleet to the woods, singing, you have to drive crying.
--Czech Proverb

The discontented child cries for toasted snow.
--Arab Proverb

He who hunts two hares leaves one and loses the other.
--Japanese Proverb

The town is new every day.
--Estonian Proverb

When a camel is at the foot of a mountain then judge of his height.
--Hindu Proverb

If you would be Pope, you must think of nothing else.
--Spanish Proverb

Great consolation may grow out of the smallest saying.
--Swiss-German Proverb

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.
--Arab Proverb

After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
--Chinese Proverb

Three helping one another will do as much as six men singly.
--Spanish Proverb

Great things are done more through courage than through wisdom.
--German Proverb

Censure pardons the ravens but rebukes the doves.
--Latin Proverb

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.
--Yiddish Proverb

He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor.
--Hindu Proverb

Men can bear all things except good days.
--Dutch Proverb

The wolf will hire himself out very cheaply as a shepherd.
--Russian Proverb

One sprinkles the most sugar where the tart is burnt.
--Dutch Proverb

They will be hushed by a good deed who laugh at a wise speech.
--French Proverb

That's a wise delay which makes the road safe.
--Spanish Proverb

From someone else's cart you have to get off halfway.
--Polish Proverb

He who likes cherries soon learns to climb.
--German Proverb

If we all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.
--Yiddish Proverb

The shortest answer is doing.
--English Proverb

A dream grants what one covets when awake.
--German Proverb

The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men seek for it in what is remote.
--Japanese Proverb

The work will teach you how to do it.
--Estonian Proverb

He need not search his pockets for words.
--Russian Proverb

He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good.
--Yiddish Proverb

Envy eats nothing but its own heart.
--German Proverb

Other people's eggs have two yolks.
--Bulgarian Proverb

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
--German Proverb

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
--Chinese Proverb

Too far east is west.
--English Proverb

It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom.
--French Proverb

You have to dig deep to bury your Daddy.
--Gypsy Proverb

The father in praising his son extols himself.
--Chinese Proverb

When God wishes a man well, He gives him insight into his faults.
--Islamic Proverb

Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.
--Scottish Proverb

Faults are thick where love is thin.
--Danish Proverb

Fear is a fine spur, so is rage.
--Irish Proverb

He who fears something gives it power over him.
--Moorish Proverb

The way one eats is the way one works.
--Czech Proverb

When God gives hard bread He gives sharp teeth.
--German Proverb

He who cannot cut the bread evenly cannot get on well with people.
--Czech Proverb

There is no fool who has not his own kind of sense.
--Irish Proverb

Nothing looks so like a man of sense as a fool who holds his tongue.
--German Proverb

Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him.
--German Proverb

In every pardon there is love.
--Welsh Proverb

The offender never forgives.
--Russian Proverb

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
--Czech Proverb

Who seeks a faultless friend remains friendless.
--Turkish Proverb

No one is so generous as he who has nothing to give.
--French Proverb

To give quickly is a great virtue.
--Hindu Proverb

He who gives to me teaches me to give.
--Danish Proverb

God's a good man.
--English Proverb

Better one good thing that is than two good things that were.
--Irish Proverb

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
--Estonian Proverb

What grows makes no noise.
--German Proverb

Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.
--Russian Proverb

Nowhere are there more hiding places than in the heart.
--German Proverb

Better be kind at home than burn incense in a far place.
--Chinese Proverb

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
--Chinese Proverb

A kind word is like a Spring day.
--Russian Proverb

Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
--German Proverb

He who is late may gnaw the bones.
--Yugoslav Proverb

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much master of the world as he who is ready to die.
--Italian Proverb

He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.
--Danish Proverb

Life is an onion which one peels crying.
--French Proverb

If you would understand men, study women.
--French Proverb

What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.
--Portuguese Proverb

Only he who does nothing makes a mistake.
--French Proverb

Dawn does not come twice to awaken a man.
--Arab Proverb

From the promise to the deed is a day's journey.
--Bulgarian Proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
--Chinese Proverb

A good rest is half the work.
--Yugoslav Proverb

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.
--Persian Proverb

If you go only once around the room, you are wiser than he who sits still.
--Estonian Proverb

Bygone troubles are good to tell.
--Yiddish Proverb

To be loved is the best way of being useful.
--French Proverb

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.
--Chinese Proverb

Who is narrow of vision cannot be big of heart.
--Chinese Proverb

The water that bears the ship is the same that engulfs it.
--Chinese Proverb

He who can follow his own will is a king.
--Irish Proverb

Everyone is wise until he speaks.
--Irish Proverb

The world is a sure teacher, but it requires a fat fee.
--Finnish Proverb

Being young is a fault which improves daily.
--Swedish Proverb





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