Proverbs

Most popular proverbs quotes

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

Russian proverbs persuasion

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

appearances

A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.

babies

Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.

Spanish proverbs habit

War ends nothing.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

Hate has no medicine.
— African proverb

hate African proverbs

Aiming isn't hitting.
— African proverb

African proverbs achievement

Guile excels strength.
— African proverb

African proverbs

Anger ends in cruelty.

Indian proverbs anger

Better bend than break.
— Scottish proverb

compromise

Charity begins at home.

charity

Tell the truth and run.
— Yugoslavian proverb

European proverbs

Silence is also speech.
— African proverb

silence African proverbs

A beggar has no dignity.
— West African saying

African proverbs

In wine, there is truth.
— Latin proverb

Latin proverbs wine

Impatience is incurable.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs impatience

Words do not make flour.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs work Italy

Anger is a bad counselor.
— French proverb

French proverbs anger

Virtue is its own reward.

virtue

The work praises the man.
— Irish proverb

Irish proverbs hard work

A man deeds are his life.
— African proverb

African proverbs

Gossip needs no carriage.
— Russian proverb

gossip Russian proverbs

Great sorrows are silent.
— Italian proverb

sorrow Italian proverbs European proverbs

Error is always in Haste.

error

Self-defense is not fear.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

There is no little enemy.
— French proverb

enemies European proverbs French proverbs

Every path has its puddle.

problems

Patch grief with proverbs.

sorrow

The journey is the reward.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

Home is where the heart is.

American proverbs home

There is no harm in asking.
— American proverb

asking American proverbs

Affection is a bad advisor.
— German proverb

European proverbs German proverbs affection

Marriage is a covered dish.
— Swiss proverb

marriage

Rivalry is better than envy.
— African proverb

competition African proverbs

All sunshine makes a desert.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs adversity

He who hates, hates himself.
— African proverb

African proverbs hate

A half truth is a whole lie.
— Jewish proverb

truth Jewish proverbs

Never meet trouble half-way.

trouble

If you are ugly, be winsome.
— African proverb

African proverbs beauty

Old birds are hard to pluck.
— German proverb

German proverbs age

Variety is the spice of life.

variety

Don't meet troubles half-way.

worry

The shortest answer is doing.

answers

Youth is wasted on the young.

youth

A crab does not beget a bird.
— African proverb

African proverbs

A stumble may prevent a fall.
— English proverb

adversity English proverbs mistakes

Don't shake hands too eagerly.
— Greek proverb

Greek proverbs negotiation

His wealth is superior to him.
— African proverb

African proverbs wealth

Example is an eloquent orator.

European proverbs example

All that glitters is not gold.

appearances

Justifying a fault doubles it.
— French proverb

French proverbs shortcomings

We learn to walk by stumbling.
— Bulgarian proverb

mistakes

Fine words butter no parsnips.

action English proverbs

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

holding your tongue

Opportunity never knocks twice.
— American proverb

American proverbs opportunity

Repentance won't cure mischief.

repentance

Example is better than precept.

example

Silence is the door of consent.
— African proverb

African proverbs silence

Nothing is achieved in a dream.
— African proverb

action African proverbs

You are never too old to learn.

age learning

Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
— Greek proverb

gratitude Greek proverbs

A bird is known by his feathers.
— Jewish proverb

appearances Jewish proverbs

A flattering mouth worketh ruin.

biblical flattery

While there's life there's hope.

hope

Gratitude is the heart's memory.
— French proverb

gratitude French proverbs European proverbs heart

Large desire is endless poverty.

desire Indian proverbs

Better a refusal than deception.
— African proverb

saying no lying African proverbs

The rich never want for kindred.

wealth

Patience caught the nimble hare.
— Greek proverb

patience Greek proverbs

Luck never gives; it only lends.
— Swedish proverb

luck Swedish proverbs

Living well is the best revenge.

revenge

God gave burdens, also shoulders.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

biblical peace answers

Strife is better than loneliness.
— Irish proverb

loneliness Irish proverbs

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
— Japanese proverb

perseverance motivational Japanese proverbs failure

A chattering bird builds no nest.
— African proverb

gossip African proverbs

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

Greek proverbs

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

English proverbs children

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Two in distress make sorrow less.

sorrow

Work is the medicine for poverty.
— African proverb

African proverbs poverty

A multitude of words cloaks a lie.
— African proverb

lies African proverbs

A good example is the best sermon.

example

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

luck Jewish proverbs

Use soft words and hard arguments.
— English proverb

communication English proverbs

Sleep, the near relative of death.
— African proverb

sleep African proverbs

Children's mouths speak the truth.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs children

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

Russian proverbs

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
One has only to die to be praised.
— German proverb

praise German proverbs

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

friendship

Charity covers a multitude of sins.

charity

Learn politeness from the impolite.
— African proverb

African proverbs manners

Thirst cannot be quenched by proxy.
— African proverb

hunger African proverbs

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
— African proverb

cooperation African proverbs

Manners and Money make a Gentleman.

gentleman

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

revenge

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

growth

Too much politeness conceals deceit.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs politeness

Dig the well before you are thirsty.
— Chinese proverb

preparation Chinese proverbs

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

fame action

Poverty without debt is real wealth.
— African proverb

African proverbs poverty

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

words ideas language

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

African proverbs enemies

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

African proverbs emotion

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

hope biblical

True love is friendship set on fire.
— American proverb

true love American proverbs

Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.

misfortune

When you throw dirt, you lose ground.

American proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs sales

A smile you sent, will always return.

Indian proverbs smile

From fame to infamy is a beaten road.
A fool and his money are soon parted.

foolishness

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

apples

Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
— French proverb

European proverbs French proverbs divorce

Even a cat is a lion in her own lair.

Indian proverbs

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs

What use is wisdom when folly reigns?
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs folly

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

age

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

European proverbs fear German proverbs

Ride the tributaries to reach the sea.

Arabian proverbs

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

American proverbs

When one will not, two cannot quarrel.

conflict

The tears of strangers are only water.
— Russian proverb

tears Russian proverbs

Diligence is the greatest of teachers.

diligence Arabian proverbs

You cannot compare apples and oranges.
— American proverb

American proverbs apples

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

Persian proverbs

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
— African proverb

African proverbs lies falsehood

When the devil leaves, heaven comes in.

Indian proverbs

Separation secures manifest friendship.

Indian proverbs

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.

Indian proverbs nonviolence

Gratefulness is the poor man's payment.

gratitude

Nothing that is natural is disgraceful.

Latin proverbs morals

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

African proverbs poverty

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

African proverbs truth

Praises from an enemy imply real merit.

enemies merit praise

Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.

work

When the cat's away the mice will play.
Learn a new language and get a new soul.
— Czech proverb

language

Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.

knowledge action

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

old age

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

French proverbs European proverbs father

Sickness is felt, but health not at all.

health illness

No one was ever lost on a straight road.

being good Indian proverbs

Fish and guests smell at three days old.

guests

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

poverty African proverbs

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

father

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

biblical happiness

The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

ancestry

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

Italian proverbs books

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
— African proverb

management adversity African proverbs

He understands poorly who listens poorly.
— Welsh proverb

Welsh proverbs

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

life listening Indian proverbs

The proverb is the horse of conversation.
— African proverb

African proverbs

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

Japanese proverbs

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

French proverbs money

You can never enter the same river twice.

Indian proverbs interesting

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound!

Zen sayings spiritual experiences

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

Danish proverbs asking research

News is the first rough draft of history.

news

One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.

apples

To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great.

mediocrity Indian proverbs

God is with those who patiently persevere.

Arabian proverbs perseverance

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

life mindfulness

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

marriage

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

Latin proverbs youth & age

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

wish

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

listening American proverbs holding your tongue

Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs food

An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
— African proverb

enemies friendship African proverbs

He who has daughters is always a shepherd.

daughters Spanish proverbs sheep

He who does not look ahead remains behind.

moving forward future Spanish proverbs

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

German proverbs apples European proverbs

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.

Swedish proverbs attitude European proverbs

The cat always catches the impatient mouse.
— African proverb

African proverbs impatience

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

skill adversity

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

kindness Japanese proverbs

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.
A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy.
— African proverb

enemies African proverbs

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

Zen sayings

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

gold Latin proverbs negotiation

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

kindness Japanese proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs

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

leadership Welsh proverbs

Laughter can be heard farther than weeping.
— Jewish proverb

laughter Jewish proverbs

Laughter is God's hand on a troubled world.

laughter

A war without headquarters is an expedition.
— African proverb

African proverbs war

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack.

charity biblical

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of clergy.

mother Spanish proverbs

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

negotiation

Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.

talent perseverance Welsh proverbs

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

will

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

biblical vision

A powerful friend becomes at powerful enemy.
— African proverb

African proverbs friendship

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

books Chinese proverbs reading

Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre.

reputation

Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.

procrastination Spanish proverbs

Bitter truth is better than sweet falsehood.
— African proverb

truth African proverbs lies

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

asking questions English proverbs

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

Swedish proverbs worry

You can only lean against that which resists.

Indian proverbs

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

accomplishment biblical

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

truth honesty funny

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

African proverbs priorities

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

kindness forgiveness French proverbs

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

American proverbs ambition

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

American proverbs opportunity

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

zeal

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

Irish proverbs

Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites.

appetite wealth

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

gossip

Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself.

envy

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

cooperation African proverbs

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.

experience

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.

biblical poverty

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

adversity Persian proverbs

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

worry Jewish proverbs

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

Turkish proverbs enemies

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Chinese proverbs experience

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

tears Jewish proverbs

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

Jewish proverbs God

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

answers

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.

Indian proverbs dance

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

Turkish proverbs listening

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

appearances

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

Persian proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs morals

Work expands so as to fill the time available.

time management work office

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

African proverbs charity poverty

Great anger is more destructive than the sword.

Indian proverbs anger

Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened.

misfortune

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

asking African proverbs

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

Danish proverbs curiosity learning advice

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

courage adversity motivational

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

African proverbs

Virtue's paths are first rugged, then pleasant.

virtue

Journalism is the first rough draft of history.

journalism

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

intention

Show them death and they will accept the fever.
— Arab saying
The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
— African proverb

African proverbs tyranny oppression

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

mistakes asking questions advice Danish proverbs

Two great talkers will not travel far together.

listening Spanish proverbs holding your tongue

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

English proverbs flattery

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

impossible pessimism French proverbs

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

friendship Indian proverbs

There is a benevolence in all wise selfishness.

selfishness

Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.

Zen sayings

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

Chinese proverbs

Insults should be well-avenged or well-endured.

Spanish proverbs

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

marriage

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

greatness African proverbs

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
— American proverb

American proverbs trouble

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

African proverbs self-esteem

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

hope

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
— Dutch proverb

illness European proverbs

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

Japanese proverbs laughter

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

parenting father

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

German proverbs

Justice, like vengeance, is not good eaten cold.

justice

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

mother Jewish proverbs

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

African proverbs critics

Vice often rides triumphant in virtue's chariot.

vice & virtue

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

African proverbs education

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

Italian proverbs

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

conscience French proverbs

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

virtue temptation Danish proverbs

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

love Irish proverbs

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.

attitude Italian proverbs European proverbs

A proverb is much matter decocted into few words.
If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.
— Danish proverb

Danish proverbs envy

There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.

vanity

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

jealousy African proverbs

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

African proverbs

Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.

absence

When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled on.

African proverbs war

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

leadership

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

Danish proverbs European proverbs advice

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

African proverbs mistakes

Vice would be frightful if it did not wear a mask.

vice

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

wine

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

trees English proverbs

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

African proverbs war

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

patience Chinese proverbs

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

Jewish proverbs crying

To understand completely is to forgive completely.
— French proverb

French proverbs forgiveness

At the gate which suspicion enters, love goes out.

suspicion love

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

death American proverbs

Better to pay the tavern keeper than the druggist.
— Spanish saying

drinking

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

ignorance

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

freedom Jewish proverbs

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

French proverbs European proverbs beauty

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

Italian proverbs

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

biblical attitude

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

silence eloquence

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

holding your tongue African proverbs

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

human nature

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

reputation Japanese proverbs

Kneeling with others can be an uplifting experience.

kneeling

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

knowledge African proverbs

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

English proverbs stupidity

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

know yourself Spanish proverbs

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

Indian proverbs

Teachers open doors, but you must enter by yourself.

action Zen sayings

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

marriage

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

German proverbs negotiation

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

biblical names

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

foolishness

Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil.

error

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

Chinese proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs

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

shortcomings Chinese proverbs

Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation.

beauty

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

European proverbs Swedish proverbs

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

responsibility African proverbs

More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.

Spanish proverbs life

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

self-determination

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

Fools African proverbs

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

hunger Greek proverbs

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

gratitude

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

defeat

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

Travel African proverbs

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

enemies

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

Travel

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

African proverbs common sense

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

Chinese proverbs environment

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

African proverbs friendship enemies

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

African proverbs atheism

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

American proverbs how to live life

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

vanity African proverbs

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

judging shortcomings human nature

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

African proverbs wisdom know-it-alls

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

Chinese proverbs anger

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

leadership African proverbs

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

Zen sayings

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

journeys motivational Chinese proverbs beginnings

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

foolishness African proverbs

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

Latin proverbs religion

Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.

Hollywood

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

Indian proverbs self-determination

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

English proverbs know yourself

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

Greek proverbs human nature

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

Chinese proverbs vision

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

human nature

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

role models Danish proverbs

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

Japanese proverbs

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

asking Spanish proverbs

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

Greek proverbs

The patient in spirit is better that the proud in spirit.
— Ecclesiastes
When a fool has made up his mind, the market has gone by.

Spanish proverbs decision-making opportunity

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

marriage

Rich men feel misfortunes that fly over poor men's heads.

misfortune

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

American proverbs second chances

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

Arabian proverbs tact truth

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.

pretense

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

Zen sayings

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

gossip African proverbs

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

ancestry European proverbs German proverbs

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

work German proverbs Germany

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

happiness Swedish proverbs joy sorrow

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

fate French proverbs

Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.

Native American proverbs American proverbs

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

God gratitude Irish proverbs prayer

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

attitude

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

open-mindedness Chinese proverbs

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

neighbors biblical

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

vision German proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs shortcomings

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

Chinese proverbs death

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

prayer

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

experience Greek proverbs

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

gold

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

Jewish proverbs adversity

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

managing people dealing with people

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

Chinese proverbs revenge

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

European proverbs Italian proverbs

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

sorrow European proverbs suffering joy Swedish proverbs

The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
— French proverb

cats vs dogs European proverbs French proverbs

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

friendship Indian proverbs

Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled.

marriage

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

African proverbs friendship

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

African proverbs competition

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

death

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

African proverbs potential

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

Welsh proverbs gossip

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance.

temptation

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

revenge funny Chinese proverbs

Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.

foolishness

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

Indian proverbs example

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

Indian proverbs

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

environment African proverbs

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.

principles

There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.

imagination

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

Arabian proverbs criticism

Religion is the best Armor in the World, but the worst Cloak.

religion

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

friendship Italian proverbs

Prosperity has damned more Souls than all the Devils together.

prosperity

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

Spanish proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs

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

Jewish proverbs

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

gratitude Chinese proverbs

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

money

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

health Arabian proverbs hope

A man without a vote in this land is like a man without a hand.

voting

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

nature Arabian proverbs

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

African proverbs poverty

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

principles

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

grandparents Welsh proverbs

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

wealth African proverbs

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

African proverbs egotism

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

African proverbs wisdom common sense foolishness

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

gratitude Indian proverbs adversity

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

friendship critics Chinese proverbs

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

Latin proverbs

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

books

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

Persian proverbs common sense

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

error

Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law.

law

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

folly biblical foolishness

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

Chinese proverbs

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

procrastination Spanish proverbs

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

words biblical

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

Spanish proverbs truth

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

Turkish proverbs value

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.

enemies

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

Irish proverbs

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

Turkish proverbs coffee

You, yourself, must make the effort. The Buddhas are only teachers.
— Buddhist proverb
When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.

Indian proverbs God

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

Chinese proverbs perseverance inspirational

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

Turkish proverbs truth

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

equality Italian proverbs status

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

Indian proverbs

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

Indian proverbs faith

The dog was created specially for children.  He is the god of frolic.

dogs

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

attitude Chinese proverbs

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

dignity

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

Chinese proverbs parenting

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

holding your tongue Russian proverbs

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

honesty

A proverb is anonymous human history compressed to the size of a seed.
God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
— Swedish proverb

Swedish proverbs hard work action

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

Indian proverbs

We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy.

happiness

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

biblical foolishness

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

adversity

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

African proverbs

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

life Italian proverbs history

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

African proverbs competition

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

African proverbs lies

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

African proverbs youth age

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

lies truth African proverbs

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

mother parenting

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

foolishness biblical

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

wisdom Chinese proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs helping others charity

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

Jewish proverbs equality

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

African proverbs action

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

adversity Chinese proverbs

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

human nature Turkish proverbs

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

hard work luck

Boys have a period of mischief as much as they have measles or chicken-pox.
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

ancestry Irish proverbs

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

success action American proverbs

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

African proverbs action

Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have.

happiness

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

African proverbs intelligence

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

Zen sayings

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

advice biblical

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

Chinese proverbs

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

attitude

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

art Chinese proverbs

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

Arabian proverbs Giving

When a nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung.

conservatives

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

ability

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

African proverbs wealth

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

pessimism Chinese proverbs criticism

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

Native American proverbs American proverbs environment

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

Chinese proverbs

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

Japanese proverbs

Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.

flattery

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

new year

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

American proverbs appearances

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

African proverbs laziness

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

reputation Japanese proverbs

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

conflict African proverbs

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

Chinese proverbs

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

imagination

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

opportunity Indian proverbs

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

conversation Chinese proverbs

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs

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

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

Chinese proverbs nature

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

wealth Jewish proverbs

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs ancestors

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

Jewish proverbs old age

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.

defeat

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

critics

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

Jewish proverbs foolishness

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

Jewish proverbs money

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

anger patience Chinese proverbs advisory

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

Chinese proverbs

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

action Chinese proverbs

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

arguments

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

biblical

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

pessimism Chinese proverbs

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

children biblical parenting

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

artists art

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

joy

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

African proverbs change

You are right to listen to proverbs.  They are short sayings made out of long experience.
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
— Buddhist proverb

enlightenment Zen sayings

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

Chinese proverbs

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

gratitude Indian proverbs

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

parenting Native American proverbs Indian proverbs

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

biblical

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

praise

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

charity Chinese proverbs

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

money Latin proverbs

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

biblical reputation

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

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

trees

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

cooperation bad company European proverbs

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

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

objectivity

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

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

Irish proverbs fortune

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

friendship truth

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

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

enthusiasm

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

Japanese proverbs envy

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

law freedom

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

duty Indian proverbs

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

African proverbs Fools

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

biblical anger

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

drugs African proverbs

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

Greek proverbs nature

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

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

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

African proverbs illness

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

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

communication

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

abstinence evil passion

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

conversation

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

Indian 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

sorrow Chinese proverbs Persian proverbs

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

life Indian proverbs

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

detachment Zen sayings buddhist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

how to live life European proverbs Swedish 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.

enjoyment pleasure

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

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

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.
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.

bad company Indian proverbs

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.
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

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

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

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.

Goodness kindness

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

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.

good and evil Indian 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

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

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

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
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.

Native American proverbs American proverbs environment