Most popular proverbs quotes
A silent man is not a conquered man.
Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting.
A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.
Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.
War ends nothing.
Hate has no medicine.
Aiming isn't hitting.
Guile excels strength.
Anger ends in cruelty.
Better bend than break.
Charity begins at home.
Tell the truth and run.
Silence is also speech.
A beggar has no dignity.
In wine, there is truth.
Impatience is incurable.
Words do not make flour.
Anger is a bad counselor.
Virtue is its own reward.
The work praises the man.
A man deeds are his life.
Gossip needs no carriage.
Great sorrows are silent.
Error is always in Haste.
Self-defense is not fear.
There is no little enemy.
Every path has its puddle.
Patch grief with proverbs.
The journey is the reward.
Home is where the heart is.
There is no harm in asking.
Affection is a bad advisor.
Marriage is a covered dish.
Rivalry is better than envy.
All sunshine makes a desert.
He who hates, hates himself.
A half truth is a whole lie.
Never meet trouble half-way.
If you are ugly, be winsome.
Old birds are hard to pluck.
Variety is the spice of life.
Don't meet troubles half-way.
The shortest answer is doing.
Youth is wasted on the young.
A crab does not beget a bird.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Don't shake hands too eagerly.
His wealth is superior to him.
Example is an eloquent orator.
All that glitters is not gold.
Justifying a fault doubles it.
We learn to walk by stumbling.
Fine words butter no parsnips.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Opportunity never knocks twice.
Repentance won't cure mischief.
Example is better than precept.
Silence is the door of consent.
Nothing is achieved in a dream.
You are never too old to learn.
Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
A bird is known by his feathers.
A flattering mouth worketh ruin.
While there's life there's hope.
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
Large desire is endless poverty.
Better a refusal than deception.
The rich never want for kindred.
Patience caught the nimble hare.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
Living well is the best revenge.
God gave burdens, also shoulders.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Strife is better than loneliness.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
A chattering bird builds no nest.
No need to teach an eagle to fly.
Children are a poor man's riches.
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Two in distress make sorrow less.
Work is the medicine for poverty.
A multitude of words cloaks a lie.
A good example is the best sermon.
When luck enters, give him a seat!
Use soft words and hard arguments.
Sleep, the near relative of death.
Children's mouths speak the truth.
A bird may be known by its flight.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
One has only to die to be praised.
The best mirror is a friend's eye.
Charity covers a multitude of sins.
Learn politeness from the impolite.
Thirst cannot be quenched by proxy.
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Manners and Money make a Gentleman.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Great oaks from little acorns grow.
Too much politeness conceals deceit.
Dig the well before you are thirsty.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Poverty without debt is real wealth.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
When the cat dies, the mice rejoice.
For news of the heart, ask the face.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
True love is friendship set on fire.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
The fish sees the bait, not the hook.
A smile you sent, will always return.
From fame to infamy is a beaten road.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
Even a cat is a lion in her own lair.
Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
What use is wisdom when folly reigns?
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
Ride the tributaries to reach the sea.
The forest is the poor man's overcoat.
When one will not, two cannot quarrel.
The tears of strangers are only water.
Diligence is the greatest of teachers.
You cannot compare apples and oranges.
Trust in God—but tie your camel tight.
One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
When the devil leaves, heaven comes in.
Separation secures manifest friendship.
Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.
Gratefulness is the poor man's payment.
Nothing that is natural is disgraceful.
Borrowing is the first-born of poverty.
He who tells the truth is not we liked.
Praises from an enemy imply real merit.
Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.
When the cat's away the mice will play.
Learn a new language and get a new soul.
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
We grow too soon old and too late smart.
A father is a banker provided by nature.
Sickness is felt, but health not at all.
No one was ever lost on a straight road.
Fish and guests smell at three days old.
Poverty makes a free man become a slave.
You have to dig deep to bury your daddy.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.
There is no worse robber than a bad book.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
He understands poorly who listens poorly.
Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
The proverb is the horse of conversation.
The reverse side also has a reverse side.
Money is a good servant but a bad master.
You can never enter the same river twice.
Knock on the sky and listen to the sound!
Better ask twice than lose your way once.
News is the first rough draft of history.
One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.
To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great.
God is with those who patiently persevere.
Life is so short we must move very slowly.
Marriage has teeth, and him bite very hot.
The sins of youth are paid for in old age.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food.
An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
He who has daughters is always a shepherd.
He who does not look ahead remains behind.
The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
The cat always catches the impatient mouse.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
One kind word can warm three winter nights.
Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.
A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy.
No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
One good teacher outweights a ton of books.
He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
Laughter can be heard farther than weeping.
Laughter is God's hand on a troubled world.
A war without headquarters is an expedition.
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack.
An ounce of mother is worth a ton of clergy.
The spider and the fly can't make a bargain.
Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.
We do not walk on our legs, but on our will.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
A powerful friend becomes at powerful enemy.
A book, tight shut, is but a block of paper.
Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre.
Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.
Bitter truth is better than sweet falsehood.
Many things are lost for want of not asking.
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
You can only lean against that which resists.
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
Going slowly does not stop one from arriving.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.
Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
God is good, but never dance in a small boat.
Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites.
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself.
The gums best understand the teeth's affairs.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Worries go down better with soup than without.
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
As soap is to the body, tears are to the soul.
If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides.
A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.
You can't tell a book by looking at its cover.
The fireside is the tulip bed of a winter day.
If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.
Work expands so as to fill the time available.
When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.
Great anger is more destructive than the sword.
Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened.
He who asks questions cannot avoid the answers.
He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Evil deeds are like perfume, difficult to hide.
Virtue's paths are first rugged, then pleasant.
Journalism is the first rough draft of history.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Show them death and they will accept the fever.
The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
Two great talkers will not travel far together.
When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.
To believe a thing impossible is to make it so.
Don't let grass grow on the path of friendship.
There is a benevolence in all wise selfishness.
Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.
Life is but a journey; death is returning home.
Insults should be well-avenged or well-endured.
Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
One does not become great by claiming greatness.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
Even a lion has to defend himself against flies.
Justice, like vengeance, is not good eaten cold.
God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers.
One survives all wounds except those of critics.
Vice often rides triumphant in virtue's chariot.
Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
The remedy for injuries is not to remember them.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases.
It's easy to halve the potato where there's love.
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
A proverb is much matter decocted into few words.
If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.
There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.
The man who is not Jealous in love does not love.
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.
When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled on.
The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack.
Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.
Vice would be frightful if it did not wear a mask.
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend, then an enemy.
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk gown.
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.
To understand completely is to forgive completely.
At the gate which suspicion enters, love goes out.
Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
Better to pay the tavern keeper than the druggist.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.
You can cage a bird, but you cannot make him sing.
Beauty without virtue is a flower without a sword.
Let not your tongue say what your head may pay for.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
Kneeling with others can be an uplifting experience.
Not to know is bad but not to wish to know is worse.
Stupidity won't kill you, but it can make you sweat.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.
Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water.
Teachers open doors, but you must enter by yourself.
A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.
Better a friendly refusan than an unwilling promise.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
A Fool's Tongue is long enough to cut his own Throat.
Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
It is better to be a small stream, than a deep ditch.
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.
Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation.
The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
A heavy burden does not kill on the day it is carried.
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.
Pray to God for a good harvest, but don't stop hoeing.
Everyone loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son.
You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
He who does not travel will not know the value of men.
If your enemy turns to flee, give him a silver bridge.
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
No one tests the depth of the river with both his feet.
The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
An intelligent enemy is better than an ignorant friend.
God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.
Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.
The greatest liar is the one who talks most of himself.
Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.
The thoughtless strong man is the chief among lazy men.
Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle.
Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.
Fate and self-help share equally in shaping our destiny.
You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.
Gain does not give as much pleasure as loss gives grief.
You must scale the mountain if you would view the plain.
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
A good example is like a bell that calls many to church.
If you believe everything you read, you better not read.
Never ask of him who has, but of him who wishes you well.
Many men know how to flatter; few men know how to praise.
The patient in spirit is better that the proud in spirit.
When a fool has made up his mind, the market has gone by.
Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.
Rich men feel misfortunes that fly over poor men's heads.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.
One moon shows in every pool; in every pool, the one moon.
News does not have wings, yet it can cross the seven seas.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors are horses.
He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.
Shared joy is double joy and shared sorrow is half-sorrow.
You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.
Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.
Get down on your knees and thank God you are on your feet.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
What's the use of running if you're not on the right road?
Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
There is but one way to be born but a hundred ways to die.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
It is disgraceful to stumble against the same stone twice.
Fetters of gold are still fetters, and silken cords pinch.
He who can't endure the bad will not live to see the good.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum.
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.
Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled.
A knot in the tree spoils the ax; famine spoils friendship.
When two men of equal wisdom play together, discord arises.
To die in the flower of age is a life offered in sacrifice.
Whoever spurns what is short has not trodden on a scorpion.
Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stockinged feet.
Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance.
If thine enemy wrongs thee, buy each of his children a drum.
Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.
The crab instructs its young, "Walk straight ahead—like me."
You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.
The stream won't be advised, therefore its course is crooked.
Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.
If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
Religion is the best Armor in the World, but the worst Cloak.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
Prosperity has damned more Souls than all the Devils together.
Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy.
He who strikes the first blow admits he has lost the argument.
If you act like an ass, don't get insulted if people ride you.
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.
A man without a vote in this land is like a man without a hand.
A tree that affords thee shade, do not order it to be cut down.
Poverty is "Who knows you?" Prosperity is "I am your relative."
A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
Poverty is "Who knows you?"; Prosperity is "I am your relative."
Conceit wouldn't be so terrible if only the right people had it.
There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
It is honorable to be accused by those who deserve to be accused.
A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and for ever.
One pound of common sense ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
Admitting Error clears the Score And proves you Wiser than before.
Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
By the streets of "by and by" one arrives at the house of "never."
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
He who is caught in a lie is not believed when he tells the truth.
What you have put into the kettle comes afterwards into your spoon.
If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.
If you get a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep till noon.
Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
You, yourself, must make the effort. The Buddhas are only teachers.
When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
He who would speak the truth must first have one foot in the stirrup.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodiles.
A person consists of his faith. Whatever is his faith, even so is he.
The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Govern your family as you would cook a small fish — very very gently.
A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it.
Don't call a man honest just because he never had the chance to steal.
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.
If you're going to live by the river, make friends with the crocodile.
We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy.
The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness.
Keen adversity is the best crucible in which to try a man's integrity.
The white man lives in the castle; when he dies he lives in the ground.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
The one in front has reached there, the one behind only hears about it.
Lies, though many, will be caught by the truth as soon as she rises up.
Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before.
Truth came to market and could not be sold; we buy lies with ready cash.
What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
You can't help someone uphill without getting closer to the top yourself.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
When the snake is in the house, one need not discuss the matter of length.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.
The important thing in life is not to have a good hand but to play it well.
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.
Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.
Your food is close to your stomach, but you must put it in your mouth first.
Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have.
The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the ignorant.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
To uncover the truth is not difficult, but to follow the truth is formidable.
To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
When a nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung.
There are many rare abilities in the world which Fortune never brings to light.
Those who inherit fortunes are often more troublesome than those who make them.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Only when the cold sets in do you notice the pines and cypresses turning green.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.
A good resolution is like an old horse which is often saddled but rarely ridden.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
He who is carried on another's back does not appreciate how far off the town is.
The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
People live like birds in the woods: When the time comes, each must take flight.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can't be saved.
One evening's conversation with a superior man is better than ten years of study.
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
You're not as young as you used to be but you're not as old as you're going to be.
He who keeps the hills, burns the wood; he who keeps the streams drinks the water.
If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of harvest.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.
The Stones that Critics hurl with Harsh Intent A Man may use to build His Monument.
Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any side.
With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
If you think too long on your next step, you will end up in life standing on one leg.
He who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
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.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.
If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
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.
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.
Talk to your children while they are eating; what you say will stay even after you are gone.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods.
Give a man a fish and he will live for a day; give him a net, and he will live for a lifetime.
No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is lent to you by your children.
Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.
You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.
He is not an honest man who has burned his tongue and does not tell the company that the soup is hot.
Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.
An enemy who tells the truth contributes infinitely more to our improvement than a friend who deludes us.
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
When all men praised the peacock for his tail, the birds cried out, "Look at his legs! And what a voice!"
Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight.
The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.
The fool can no more taste the sweetness of wisdom than the man with cold can appreciate the scent of a rose.
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
In extreme cases marijuana can so destroy a man's character that he mixes freely with persons of another race.
He who thinks everything must be in bloom when the strawberries are in bloom doesn't know anything about apples.
The three most beautiful sights: a potato garden in bloom, a ship in sail, a woman after the birth of her child.
There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.
In the midst of your illness you will promise a goat, but when you have recovered, a chicken will seem sufficient.
Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook.
The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.
The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature.
Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.
If you have no feelings about worldly things, they are all Buddhism; if you have feelings about Buddhism, it is a worldly thing.
The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.
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.
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.
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.
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
An idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.