Proverbs

Most popular proverbs quotes

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.
— American proverb

American proverbs how to live life

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
— African proverb

African proverbs

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.

gratitude

Strife is better than loneliness.
— Irish proverb

loneliness Irish proverbs

When one will not, two cannot quarrel.

conflict

He who strikes the first blow admits he has lost the argument.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Many things are lost for want of not asking.
— English proverb

asking questions English proverbs

Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

asking questions Danish proverbs mistakes advice

One kind word can warm three winter nights.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs kindness

Better bend than break.
— Scottish proverb

compromise

One evening's conversation with a superior man is better than ten years of study.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs conversation

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
— Chinese proverb

pessimism Chinese proverbs criticism

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs criticism

If you act like an ass, don't get insulted if people ride you.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

holding your tongue

Let not your tongue say what your head may pay for.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs

Even a lion has to defend himself against flies.
— German proverb

German proverbs

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.
— Dutch proverb

shortcomings judging human nature

Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.
— Chinese proverb

shortcomings Chinese proverbs

Many men know how to flatter; few men know how to praise.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs

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

advisory anger Chinese proverbs patience

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

gossip

Gain does not give as much pleasure as loss gives grief.
— Greek proverb

human nature Greek proverbs

We do not walk on our legs, but on our will.

will

Too much politeness conceals deceit.
— Chinese proverb

politeness Chinese proverbs

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

parenting mother

Insults should be well-avenged or well-endured.

Spanish proverbs

He understands poorly who listens poorly.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs

The spider and the fly can't make a bargain.
— Jamaican proverb

negotiation

Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.
— Latin proverb

Latin proverbs gold negotiation

Better a friendly refusan than an unwilling promise.
— German proverb

German proverbs negotiation

Don't shake hands too eagerly.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs negotiation

A silent man is not a conquered man.
— Russian proverb

persuasion Russian proverbs

The remedy for injuries is not to remember them.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodiles.
— Indian proverb

Indian proverbs

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
— Persian proverb

adversity Persian proverbs

A crab does not beget a bird.
— African proverb

African proverbs

You can cage a bird, but you cannot make him sing.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs freedom

Old birds are hard to pluck.
— German proverb

age German proverbs

No need to teach an eagle to fly.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs

God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
— Swedish proverb

Swedish proverbs action hard work

A bird is known by his feathers.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs appearances

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs art

Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

People live like birds in the woods: When the time comes, each must take flight.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
— Chinese proverb

Persian proverbs sorrow Chinese proverbs

If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.
— Jewish proverb

wealth Jewish proverbs

A chattering bird builds no nest.
— African proverb

African proverbs gossip

Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
— African proverb

African proverbs conflict

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs

A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.

principles

A bird may be known by its flight.
— Russian proverb

Russian proverbs

Better ask twice than lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

asking Danish proverbs research

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Irish proverbs ancestry

Virtue is its own reward. - Ovid quote.
Virtue is its own reward.

virtue

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
— Japanese proverb

reputation Japanese proverbs

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.

biblical names

Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
— Japanese proverb

reputation Japanese proverbs

Example is better than precept.

example

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

Zen sayings

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
— Swedish proverb

European proverbs Swedish proverbs

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
— French proverb

forgiveness kindness French proverbs

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

funny honesty truth

Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
— Danish proverb

European proverbs advice Danish proverbs

Fine words butter no parsnips.

English proverbs action

There is no worse robber than a bad book.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs books

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

biblical hope

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.

human nature

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

attitude

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

biblical accomplishment

The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature.

passion evil abstinence

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs gratitude

Charity begins at home. - Terence quote.
Charity begins at home.

charity

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Tupper quote.
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

silence eloquence

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.

experience

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
— African proverb

African proverbs adversity management

Great oaks from little acorns grow. - Geoffrey Chaucer quote.
Great oaks from little acorns grow.

growth

A fool and his money are soon parted.

foolishness

With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs money

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. - Socrates quote.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

fame action

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs. - Cicero quote.
Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs ancestors

Home is where the heart is.

American proverbs home

A father is a banker provided by nature.
— French proverb

father European proverbs French proverbs

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs friendship

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
— Swedish proverb

suffering Swedish proverbs joy European proverbs sorrow

Variety is the spice of life.

variety

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

happiness biblical

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

apples

The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.

duty Indian proverbs

Life is so short we must move very slowly.
— Thai proverb

life mindfulness

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Chinese proverb

journeys beginnings Chinese proverbs motivational

If you have no feelings about worldly things, they are all Buddhism; if you have feelings about Buddhism, it is a worldly thing.

Zen sayings buddhist detachment

A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs open-mindedness

Only when the cold sets in do you notice the pines and cypresses turning green.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

There is but one way to be born but a hundred ways to die.
— Chinese proverb

death Chinese proverbs

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound!

spiritual experiences Zen sayings

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
— African proverb

wisdom know-it-alls African proverbs

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

Zen sayings

Life is but a journey; death is returning home.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.

Zen sayings

One moon shows in every pool; in every pool, the one moon.

Zen sayings

The reverse side also has a reverse side.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs

The patient in spirit is better that the proud in spirit.
— Ecclesiastes
If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

If you believe everything you read, you better not read.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs

You, yourself, must make the effort. The Buddhas are only teachers.
— Buddhist proverb
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

It is better to be a small stream, than a deep ditch.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

One good teacher outweights a ton of books.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

If you think too long on your next step, you will end up in life standing on one leg.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

To uncover the truth is not difficult, but to follow the truth is formidable.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs

The journey is the reward.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.

Zen sayings

It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.
— African proverb

African proverbs self-esteem

Govern your family as you would cook a small fish — very very gently.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs parenting

Children are a poor man's riches.
— English proverb

English proverbs children

Children's mouths speak the truth.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs children

You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.
— English proverb

know yourself English proverbs

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.

human nature

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
— French proverb

conscience French proverbs

Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy.

Spanish proverbs

Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before.
— African proverb

youth African proverbs age

The fireside is the tulip bed of a winter day.
— Persian proverb

Persian proverbs

An enemy who tells the truth contributes infinitely more to our improvement than a friend who deludes us.

friendship truth

The best mirror is a friend's eye.
— Scottish proverb

friendship

He is not an honest man who has burned his tongue and does not tell the company that the soup is hot.
— Yugoslavian proverb

honesty helping others

It's easy to halve the potato where there's love.
— Irish proverb

love Irish proverbs

Marriage is a covered dish.
— Swiss proverb

marriage

Marriage has teeth, and him bite very hot.
— Jamaican proverb

marriage

Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
— Scottish proverb

marriage

The three most beautiful sights: a potato garden in bloom, a ship in sail, a woman after the birth of her child.
— Irish proverb

Irish proverbs motherhood

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert quote.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

parenting father

Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.
— Turkish proverb

human nature Turkish proverbs

A good example is like a bell that calls many to church.
— Danish proverb

role models Danish proverbs

If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.
— Chinese proverb

morals Chinese proverbs

One kind word can warm three winter months.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs kindness

Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs gratitude

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
— Japanese proverb

motivational perseverance failure Japanese proverbs

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
— Chinese proverb

perseverance Chinese proverbs inspirational

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
— African proverb

African proverbs foolishness

There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
— African proverb

wisdom African proverbs common sense foolishness

Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any side.
— Jewish proverb

foolishness Jewish proverbs

Anger is a bad counselor.
— French proverb

French proverbs anger

Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs anger

Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stockinged feet.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs gossip

He who is caught in a lie is not believed when he tells the truth.

truth Spanish proverbs

When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.
— English proverb

English proverbs flattery

Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases.
— Danish proverb

temptation Danish proverbs virtue

He who is carried on another's back does not appreciate how far off the town is.
— African proverb

African proverbs laziness

If you get a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep till noon.
— Irish proverb

Irish proverbs

Stupidity won't kill you, but it can make you sweat.
— English proverb

stupidity English proverbs

Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.

Spanish proverbs habit

He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs leadership

Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.
— American proverb

American proverbs action success

Dig the well before you are thirsty.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs preparation

A good resolution is like an old horse which is often saddled but rarely ridden.
— Mexican proverb

new year

We learn to walk by stumbling.
— Bulgarian proverb

mistakes

A stumble may prevent a fall.
— English proverb

English proverbs adversity mistakes

Justifying a fault doubles it.
— French proverb

French proverbs shortcomings

He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.
— Danish proverb

advice curiosity Danish proverbs learning

The work praises the man.
— Irish proverb

Irish proverbs hard work

All words are pegs to hang ideas on. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

words language ideas

Learn a new language and get a new soul.
— Czech proverb

language

A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it.
— Russian proverb

holding your tongue Russian proverbs

When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
— African proverb

holding your tongue African proverbs

Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
— American proverb

listening holding your tongue American proverbs

Two great talkers will not travel far together.

holding your tongue listening Spanish proverbs

Use soft words and hard arguments.
— English proverb

English proverbs communication

Get down on your knees and thank God you are on your feet.
— Irish proverb

God gratitude Irish proverbs prayer

Trust in God—but tie your camel tight.
— Persian proverb

Persian proverbs

A book, tight shut, is but a block of paper.
— Chinese proverb

books Chinese proverbs reading

Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish proverbs procrastination

By the streets of "by and by" one arrives at the house of "never."

Spanish proverbs procrastination

There are three things that if a man does not know, he cannot live long in this world: what is too much for him, what is too little for him and what is just right for him.
Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs food

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs health hope

A half truth is a whole lie.
— Jewish proverb

truth Jewish proverbs

Shared joy is double joy and shared sorrow is half-sorrow.
— Swedish proverb

joy happiness sorrow Swedish proverbs

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs laughter

Laughter can be heard farther than weeping.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs laughter

He who can't endure the bad will not live to see the good.
— Jewish proverb

adversity Jewish proverbs

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
— Chinese proverb

adversity Chinese proverbs

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
— Swedish proverb

worry Swedish proverbs

More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.

life Spanish proverbs

When luck enters, give him a seat!
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs luck

Luck never gives; it only lends.
— Swedish proverb

Swedish proverbs luck

The important thing in life is not to have a good hand but to play it well.

luck hard work

All sunshine makes a desert.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs adversity

He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
— English proverb

English proverbs trees

Money is a good servant but a bad master.
— French proverb

money French proverbs

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs history life

When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
— Italian proverb

European proverbs Italian proverbs

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. - Aristotle quote.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

dignity

Tell the truth and run.
— Yugoslavian proverb

European proverbs

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
— Buddhist proverb

enlightenment Zen sayings

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs pessimism

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.
— French proverb

French proverbs fate

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs crying

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs flowers

Teachers open doors, but you must enter by yourself.

action Zen sayings

To understand completely is to forgive completely.
— French proverb

French proverbs forgiveness

It is honorable to be accused by those who deserve to be accused.
— Latin proverb

Latin proverbs

God gave burdens, also shoulders.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs

A man deeds are his life.
— African proverb

African proverbs

Aiming isn't hitting.
— African proverb

African proverbs achievement

He who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time.
— Chinese proverb

action Chinese proverbs

Your food is close to your stomach, but you must put it in your mouth first.
— African proverb

African proverbs action

When the snake is in the house, one need not discuss the matter of length.
— African proverb

action African proverbs

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
— Saying

arguments

God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.
— African proverb

African proverbs atheism

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

biblical attitude

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.
— Zen saying

boredom

If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
— African proverb

change African proverbs

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack.

charity biblical

When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.
— West African saying

charity poverty African proverbs

Give a man a fish and he will live for a day; give him a net, and he will live for a lifetime.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs charity

You can't help someone uphill without getting closer to the top yourself.
— Chinese proverb

charity helping others Chinese proverbs

A beggar has no dignity.
— West African saying

African proverbs

One pound of common sense ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
— Persian proverb

Persian proverbs common sense

No one tests the depth of the river with both his feet.
— African proverb

African proverbs common sense

When two men of equal wisdom play together, discord arises.
— African proverb

African proverbs competition

The one in front has reached there, the one behind only hears about it.
— African proverb

competition African proverbs

Rivalry is better than envy.
— African proverb

African proverbs competition

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

courage motivational adversity

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

biblical

Evil deeds are like perfume, difficult to hide.
— African proverb

African proverbs

To die in the flower of age is a life offered in sacrifice.
— Madagascan saying

death

Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
— American proverb

death American proverbs

The greatest liar is the one who talks most of himself.
— African proverb

vanity African proverbs

Guile excels strength.
— African proverb

African proverbs

Lies, though many, will be caught by the truth as soon as she rises up.
— African proverb

African proverbs lies

A multitude of words cloaks a lie.
— African proverb

lies African proverbs

Truth came to market and could not be sold; we buy lies with ready cash.
— African proverb

truth African proverbs lies

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
— African proverb

lies African proverbs falsehood

Better a refusal than deception.
— African proverb

saying no lying African proverbs

Bitter truth is better than sweet falsehood.
— African proverb

truth African proverbs lies

Show them death and they will accept the fever.
— Arab saying
Better to pay the tavern keeper than the druggist.
— Spanish saying

drinking

In extreme cases marijuana can so destroy a man's character that he mixes freely with persons of another race.
— African proverb

African proverbs drugs

Conceit wouldn't be so terrible if only the right people had it.
— African proverb

egotism African proverbs

For news of the heart, ask the face.
— African proverb

African proverbs emotion

An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
— African proverb

friendship enemies African proverbs

A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy.
— African proverb

enemies African proverbs

An intelligent enemy is better than an ignorant friend.
— African proverb

enemies African proverbs friendship

When the cat dies, the mice rejoice.
— African proverb

African proverbs enemies

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.

principles

It is disgraceful to stumble against the same stone twice.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs experience

If you are ugly, be winsome.
— African proverb

African proverbs beauty

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs shortcomings

The fool can no more taste the sweetness of wisdom than the man with cold can appreciate the scent of a rose.
— African proverb

Fools African proverbs

Everyone loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son.
— African proverb

Fools African proverbs

Gratefulness is the poor man's payment.

gratitude

One does not become great by claiming greatness.
— African proverb

African proverbs greatness

If You wish to be happy for an hour, get intoxicated. If you wish to be happy for three days, get married If you wish to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it. But If you wish to be happy forever become a gardener.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs happiness

He who hates, hates himself.
— African proverb

African proverbs hate

Hate has no medicine.
— African proverb

African proverbs hate

Don't call a man honest just because he never had the chance to steal.
— Yiddish saying

honesty

Thirst cannot be quenched by proxy.
— African proverb

African proverbs hunger

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the ignorant.
— African proverb

intelligence African proverbs

The man who is not Jealous in love does not love.
— African proverb

jealousy African proverbs

He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him. 
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him. 
He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him. 
He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him.

knowledge

Not to know is bad but not to wish to know is worse.
— African proverb

African proverbs knowledge

The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack.
— Yukon saying

leadership

The thoughtless strong man is the chief among lazy men.
— African proverb

leadership African proverbs

Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.
— Native American saying

objectivity

You're not as young as you used to be but you're not as old as you're going to be.
— Irish Saying

old age aging

We grow too soon old and too late smart.
— Pennsylvania Dutch saying

old age

When a fool has made up his mind, the market has gone by.

opportunity Spanish proverbs decision-making

The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
— African proverb

tyranny oppression African proverbs

To believe a thing impossible is to make it so.
— French proverb

impossible French proverbs pessimism

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

biblical peace answers

Whoever spurns what is short has not trodden on a scorpion.
— African proverb

African proverbs potential

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.

poverty biblical

Poverty makes a free man become a slave.
— African proverb

poverty African proverbs

Borrowing is the first-born of poverty.
— African proverb

poverty African proverbs

Poverty is "Who knows you?" Prosperity is "I am your relative."
— African proverb

poverty African proverbs

Work is the medicine for poverty.
— African proverb

poverty African proverbs

Poverty without debt is real wealth.
— African proverb

poverty African proverbs

One has only to die to be praised.
— German proverb

praise German proverbs

Going slowly does not stop one from arriving.
— African proverb

priorities African proverbs

The white man lives in the castle; when he dies he lives in the ground.
— African proverb

African proverbs

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

biblical reputation

A heavy burden does not kill on the day it is carried.
— African proverb

responsibility African proverbs

If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum.
— Chinese proverb

revenge Chinese proverbs

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

revenge

Silence is also speech.
— African proverb

African proverbs silence

Silence is the door of consent.
— African proverb

African proverbs silence

Nothing is achieved in a dream.
— African proverb

African proverbs action

Sleep, the near relative of death.
— African proverb

African proverbs sleep

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
— Italian saying

equality status Italian proverbs

He who tells the truth is not we liked.
— African proverb

truth African proverbs

What you have put into the kettle comes afterwards into your spoon.
— Turkish proverb

value Turkish proverbs

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

biblical vision

You must scale the mountain if you would view the plain.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs vision

What's the use of running if you're not on the right road?
— German proverb

vision German proverbs

His wealth is superior to him.
— African proverb

African proverbs wealth

Poverty is "Who knows you?"; Prosperity is "I am your relative."
— African proverb

African proverbs wealth

Those who inherit fortunes are often more troublesome than those who make them.
— African proverb

wealth African proverbs

Youth is wasted on the young.

youth

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

biblical children parenting

The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.

communication

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is lent to you by your children.
— African proverb

African proverbs

The gums best understand the teeth's affairs.
— African proverb

African proverbs cooperation

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
— African proverb

African proverbs cooperation

You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.

bad company European proverbs cooperation

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
— Chinese proverb

friendship Chinese proverbs critics

One survives all wounds except those of critics.
— African proverb

African proverbs critics

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
— African proverb

African proverbs education

The stream won't be advised, therefore its course is crooked.
— African proverb

environment African proverbs

A knot in the tree spoils the ax; famine spoils friendship.
— African proverb

African proverbs friendship

A powerful friend becomes at powerful enemy.
— African proverb

friendship African proverbs

He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.
— German proverb

Germany German proverbs work

News does not have wings, yet it can cross the seven seas.
— African proverb

gossip African proverbs

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs grandparents

Words do not make flour.
— Italian proverb

Italy work Italian proverbs

Learn politeness from the impolite.
— African proverb

manners African proverbs

A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.

marriage

Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.
— Mexican proverb

marriage

If thine enemy wrongs thee, buy each of his children a drum.
— Chinese proverb

funny revenge Chinese proverbs

Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

biblical neighbors

The fish sees the bait, not the hook.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs sales

He who does not look ahead remains behind.

future Spanish proverbs moving forward

He who does not travel will not know the value of men.
— African proverb

Travel African proverbs

A war without headquarters is an expedition.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

Self-defense is not fear.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

War ends nothing.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

There are many rare abilities in the world which Fortune never brings to light.

ability

Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.

absence

Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.

action knowledge

Keen adversity is the best crucible in which to try a man's integrity.

adversity

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

advice biblical

Affection is a bad advisor.
— German proverb

German proverbs affection European proverbs

For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of harvest.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs old age

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler
and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

biblical

Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.
— American proverb

ambition American proverbs

The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

ancestry

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.
— German proverb

European proverbs ancestry German proverbs

A man who cannot get angry is like a stream that cannot overflow, that is always turbid. Sometimes indignation is as good as a thunder-storm in summer, clearing and cooling the air. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
A man who cannot get angry is like a stream that cannot overflow, that is always turbid. Sometimes indignation is as good as a thunder-storm in summer, clearing and cooling the air.

anger

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

anger biblical

Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting.

appearances

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

answers

The shortest answer is doing.

answers

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
— American proverb

American proverbs appearances

All that glitters is not gold.

appearances

Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites.

appetite wealth

You cannot compare apples and oranges.
— American proverb

apples American proverbs

One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.

apples

The apple does not fall far from the tree.
— German proverb

European proverbs apples German proverbs

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

art artists

There is no harm in asking.
— American proverb

asking American proverbs

He who asks questions cannot avoid the answers.
— African proverb

asking African proverbs

Never ask of him who has, but of him who wishes you well.

asking Spanish proverbs

A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.

babies

Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation.

beauty

Beauty without virtue is a flower without a sword.
— French proverb

French proverbs European proverbs beauty

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

books

A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and for ever. - Martin Tupper quote.
A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and for ever.

books

Boys have a period of mischief as much as they have measles or chicken-pox. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Boys have a period of mischief as much as they have measles or chicken-pox.
The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
— French proverb

French proverbs European proverbs cats vs dogs

Charity covers a multitude of sins.

charity

Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
— Turkish proverb

coffee Turkish proverbs

When a nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
When a nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung.

conservatives

Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten. - Chinua Achebe quote.
Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.

conversation

The Stones that Critics hurl with Harsh Intent
A Man may use to build His Monument.

critics

He who has daughters is always a shepherd.

Spanish proverbs sheep daughters

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.

defeat

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

defeat

Difficulties are God's errands.  And when we are sent upon them we should esteem it as a proof of God's confidence—as a compliment from God. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Difficulties are God's errands.  And when we are sent upon them we should esteem it as a proof of God's confidence—as a compliment from God.

difficulties

Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
— French proverb

French proverbs European proverbs divorce

The dog was created specially for children.  He is the god of frolic. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
The dog was created specially for children.  He is the god of frolic.

dogs

Praises from an enemy imply real merit. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Praises from an enemy imply real merit.

enemies praise merit

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him. - Thomas Fuller quote.
If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.

enemies

If your enemy turns to flee, give him a silver bridge.

enemies

There is no little enemy.
— French proverb

French proverbs enemies European proverbs

Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant.
— Turkish proverb

enemies Turkish proverbs

There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless;
And the choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. - Martin Tupper quote.
There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless;
And the choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.

enjoyment pleasure

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.

enthusiasm

Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself.

envy

If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.
— Danish proverb

Danish proverbs envy

When all men praised the peacock for his tail, the birds cried out, "Look at his legs!  And what a voice!"
— Japanese proverb

envy Japanese proverbs

Error is always in Haste. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Error is always in Haste.

error

Admitting Error clears the Score
And proves you Wiser than before.

error

Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil. - Martin Tupper quote.
Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil.

error

A good example is the best sermon. - Thomas Fuller quote.
A good example is the best sermon.

example

Example is an eloquent orator.

example European proverbs

The crab instructs its young, "Walk straight ahead—like me."
— Indian proverb

Indian proverbs example

You have to dig deep to bury your daddy.
— Czech proverb

father

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
— German proverb

fear German proverbs European proverbs

Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.

flattery

A flattering mouth worketh ruin.

biblical flattery

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

folly biblical foolishness

What use is wisdom when folly reigns?
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs folly

The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness.

foolishness biblical

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

biblical foolishness

A Fool's Tongue is long enough to cut his own Throat.

foolishness

Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.

foolishness

The forest is the poor man's overcoat.
— American proverb

American proverbs

Manners and Money make a Gentleman. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Manners and Money make a Gentleman.

gentleman

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs Giving

Fetters of gold are still fetters, and silken cords pinch.

gold

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

kindness Goodness

Gossip needs no carriage.
— Russian proverb

Russian proverbs gossip

Gratitude is the heart's memory.
— French proverb

European proverbs French proverbs gratitude heart

Patch grief with proverbs. - William Shakespeare quote.
Patch grief with proverbs.

sorrow

Fish and guests smell at three days old. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Fish and guests smell at three days old.

guests

Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have. - Josh Billings quote.
Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have.

happiness

We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy. - Josh Billings quote.
We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy.

happiness

Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness, when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton. - Josh Billings quote.
Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness, when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton.

happiness

Sickness is felt, but health not at all. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Sickness is felt, but health not at all.

illness health

Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton. - Wilson Mizner quote.
Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.

Hollywood

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. - Thomas Fuller quote.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

hope

You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs hunger

An idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation. - Erasmus quote.
An idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.

ideas

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

ignorance

In the midst of your illness you will promise a goat, but when you have recovered, a chicken will seem sufficient.
— African proverb

illness African proverbs

Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
— Dutch proverb

European proverbs illness

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

imagination

There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.

imagination

The cat always catches the impatient mouse.
— African proverb

African proverbs impatience

Impatience is incurable.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs impatience

From fame to infamy is a beaten road. - Thomas Fuller quote.
From fame to infamy is a beaten road.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

intention

Journalism is the first rough draft of history.

journalism

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

joy

Justice, like vengeance, is not good eaten cold.

justice

The rich never want for kindred. - Thomas Fuller quote.
The rich never want for kindred.

wealth

Kneeling with others can be an uplifting experience.

kneeling

Many men are stored full of unused knowledge.  Like loaded guns that are never fired off, or military magazines in times of peace, they are stuffed with useless ammunition. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Many men are stored full of unused knowledge.  Like loaded guns that are never fired off, or military magazines in times of peace, they are stuffed with useless ammunition.

knowledge

Laughter is God's hand on a troubled world.

laughter

Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight.

law freedom

It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it.

law

Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law.

law

If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.
— Turkish proverb

listening Turkish proverbs

At the gate which suspicion enters, love goes out. - Thomas Fuller quote.
At the gate which suspicion enters, love goes out.

suspicion love

True love is friendship set on fire.
— American proverb

true love American proverbs

Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled.

marriage

Misfortunes tell us what fortune is. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.

misfortune

Rich men feel misfortunes that fly over poor men's heads. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Rich men feel misfortunes that fly over poor men's heads.

misfortune

Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened.

misfortune

There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless,
And the choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.

moderation

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.

money

There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.

mother

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of clergy.

Spanish proverbs mother

God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs mother

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

skill adversity

News is the first rough draft of history.

news

Opportunity never knocks twice.
— American proverb

American proverbs opportunity

Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.
— American proverb

opportunity American proverbs

Every path has its puddle.

problems

Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk gown.
— Chinese proverb

patience Chinese proverbs

Patience caught the nimble hare.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs patience

Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods. - Josh Billings quote.
Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods.

praise

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

prayer

Prosperity has damned more Souls than all the Devils together. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Prosperity has damned more Souls than all the Devils together.

prosperity

A proverb is much matter decocted into few words. - Thomas Fuller quote.
A proverb is much matter decocted into few words.
You are right to listen to proverbs.  They are short sayings made out of long experience. - Zora Neale Hurston quote.
You are right to listen to proverbs.  They are short sayings made out of long experience.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. - Aldous Huxley quote.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
A proverb is anonymous human history compressed to the size of a seed.
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
John Russell Life of the Right Hon. Sir James Mackintosh
The proverb is the horse of conversation.
— African proverb

African proverbs

The great advantage of a proverb in argument is that it is supposed to be incontrovertible, as embodying the quintessential sagacity of our ancestors. But when once you have realized that proverbs go in pairs which say opposite things you can never again be downed by a proverb; you merely quote the opposite.
— Mortals and Others: American Essays, 1931–35
The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly expended in the air. - William Gilmore Simms quote.
The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly expended in the air.
Religion is the best Armor in the World, but the worst Cloak. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Religion is the best Armor in the World, but the worst Cloak.

religion

Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre.

reputation

Living well is the best revenge.

revenge

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
— American proverb

American proverbs second chances

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

biblical self-control

There is a benevolence in all wise selfishness. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
There is a benevolence in all wise selfishness.

selfishness

Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook.

shopping

Two in distress make sorrow less.

sorrow

Great sorrows are silent.
— Italian proverb

sorrow Italian proverbs European proverbs

When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
— Arabian proverb

truth Arabian proverbs tact

The tears of strangers are only water.
— Russian proverb

tears Russian proverbs

As soap is to the body, tears are to the soul.
— Jewish proverb

tears Jewish proverbs

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance.

temptation

Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.

trees

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
— American proverb

trouble American proverbs

Never meet trouble half-way.

trouble

He who would speak the truth must first have one foot in the stirrup.
— Turkish proverb

truth Turkish proverbs

There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.

vanity

Vice would be frightful if it did not wear a mask. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Vice would be frightful if it did not wear a mask.

vice

Vice often rides triumphant in virtue's chariot. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Vice often rides triumphant in virtue's chariot.

vice & virtue

Virtue's paths are first rugged, then pleasant. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Virtue's paths are first rugged, then pleasant.

virtue

A man without a vote in this land is like a man without a hand. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
A man without a vote in this land is like a man without a hand.

voting

Wine is a turncoat; first a friend, then an enemy.

wine

In wine, there is truth.
— Latin proverb

wine Latin proverbs

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

wish

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

words biblical

Work is not the curse, but drudgery is. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.

work

Don't meet troubles half-way.

worry

Worries go down better with soup than without.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs worry

The sins of youth are paid for in old age.
— Latin proverb

Latin proverbs youth & age

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

zeal

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.

pretense

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Chinese proverbs attitude

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.

European proverbs attitude Italian proverbs

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.

Swedish proverbs attitude European proverbs

To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.

attitude

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.

environment Chinese proverbs

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

environment American proverbs Native American proverbs

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

American proverbs environment Native American proverbs

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.

Jewish proverbs equality

Repentance won't cure mischief.

repentance

A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.

fortune Irish proverbs

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living,
And a child that's born on the Sabbath day
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

English proverbs

Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.

American proverbs Native American proverbs

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

Spanish proverbs know yourself

When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled on.

war African proverbs

A person consists of his faith. Whatever is his faith, even so is he.

faith Indian proverbs

A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can't be saved.

Indian proverbs opportunity

A smile you sent, will always return.

Indian proverbs smile

Anger ends in cruelty.

Indian proverbs anger

Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults. Conquer a man who never gives by gifts; Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness.

Indian proverbs good and evil

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.

Indian proverbs gratitude

Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water.

Indian proverbs

Don't let grass grow on the path of friendship.

Indian proverbs friendship

Even a cat is a lion in her own lair.

Indian proverbs

Fate and self-help share equally in shaping our destiny.

Indian proverbs self-determination

For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.

Indian proverbs friendship

Great anger is more destructive than the sword.

anger Indian proverbs

I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.

adversity Indian proverbs gratitude

If you're going to live by the river, make friends with the crocodile.

Indian proverbs

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.

Indian proverbs bad company

Large desire is endless poverty.

desire Indian proverbs

Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.

Indian proverbs pessimistic life

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

Indian proverbs listening life

No one was ever lost on a straight road.

being good Indian proverbs

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.

Indian proverbs nonviolence

Separation secures manifest friendship.

Indian proverbs

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.

Indian proverbs wise

These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.

Indian proverbs

To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great.

mediocrity Indian proverbs

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.

dance Indian proverbs

When the devil leaves, heaven comes in.

Indian proverbs

When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.

Indian proverbs God

You can never enter the same river twice.

interesting Indian proverbs

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.

Indian proverbs

You can only lean against that which resists.

Indian proverbs

When the cat's away the mice will play.
While there's life there's hope.

hope

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Work expands so as to fill the time available.

work time management office

You are never too old to learn.

age learning

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

managing people dealing with people

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

age

You can't tell a book by looking at its cover.

appearances

A tree that affords thee shade, do not order it to be cut down.

nature Arabian proverbs

He who keeps the hills, burns the wood; he who keeps the streams drinks the water.

Chinese proverbs nature

He who thinks everything must be in bloom when the strawberries are in bloom doesn't know anything about apples.

nature Greek proverbs

Nothing that is natural is disgraceful.

morals Latin proverbs

Pray to God for a good harvest, but don't stop hoeing.

self-determination

Ride the tributaries to reach the sea.

Arabian proverbs

Talk to your children while they are eating; what you say will stay even after you are gone.

Native American proverbs parenting Indian proverbs

Diligence is the greatest of teachers.

Arabian proverbs diligence

God is with those who patiently persevere.

perseverance Arabian proverbs

Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.

Welsh proverbs perseverance talent

A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle.

Latin proverbs religion

If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides.

God Jewish proverbs

He who does not travel does not know the value of men.

Travel

No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.

Latin proverbs money

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.

Chinese proverbs wisdom

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.

mistakes African proverbs

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.

European proverbs how to live life Swedish proverbs

God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

Irish proverbs

Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

Chinese proverbs shortcomings

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

experience Chinese proverbs

When you throw dirt, you lose ground.

American proverbs