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