Saturday, December 1, 2007

Proverbs

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African Proverb

Folks like the truth that hits their neighbor.
American Proverb

If you cut down the trees you will find the wolf.
American Proverb

Necessity never made a good bargain.
American Proverb

Without justice, courage is weak.
American Proverb

If you desire many things, many things will be seem but a few.
American Proverb

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
American Indian Proverb, Kiowa

All strangers are relations to each other.
Arabian Proverb

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

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.
Arabian Proverb

Think of the going out before you enter.
Arabian Proverb

Better a hundred enemies outside the house than one inside.
Arabian Proverb

A little help is better than a lot of pity.
Celtic Proverb

Dress a goat in silk and it's still a goat.
Celtic Proverb

Say only a little but say it well.
Celtic Proverb

Three candles dispel the darkness; truth, knowledge and the ways of nature.
Celtic Proverb

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
Chinese Proverb

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
Chinese Proverb

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish, and you feed him a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
Chinese Proverb

I dreamed a thousand new paths... I woke and walked my old one.
Chinese Proverb

I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.
Chinese Proverb

It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.
Chinese Proverb

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Chinese Proverb

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose.
Chinese Proverb

Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.
Chinese Proverb

Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills.
Chinese Proverb

He who rides the tiger can never dismount.
Chinese Proverb

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

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Chinese Proverb

The road to a friend's house is never long.
Danish proverb

A man is as old as he feels himself to be.
English Proverb

A man may lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink.
English Proverb

Advice when most needed is least heeded.
English Proverb

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
English Proverb

Beggars cannot be choosers.
English Proverb

Death closes all doors.
English Proverb

Every cloud has a silver lining.
English Proverb

Even if an ass goes traveling he'll not come home a horse.
English Proverb

Honesty is the best policy.
English Proverb

We never know the worth of water 'til the well is dry.
English Proverb

In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats
English Proverb

Let sleeping dogs lie.
English Proverb

Every dog hath its day.
English Proverb

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers.
English Proverb

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches
English Proverb

The sun shines upon all alike.
English Proverb

There is honour even among thieves.
English Proverb

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
English Proverb

They who love most are least valued.
English Proverb

Learning is there for every man.
French Proverb

Nothing is burdensome as a secret.
French Proverb

Rats desert a sinking ship.
French Proverb

He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.
German Proverb

Noble and common blood is of the same colour.
German Proverb

Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor.
Irish Proverb

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Irish Proverb

What's got badly, goes badly.
Irish Proverb

Poverty is no sin, but terribly inconvenient.
Japanese Proverb

The tongue is more to be feared than the sword.
Japanese Proverb

We are no more than candles burning in the wind.
Japanese Proverb

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Japanese Proverb

One should not stand at the foot of a sick person's bed, because that place is reserved for the guardian angel.
Jewish proverb

Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
Latin Proverb

Love enters a man through his eyes, woman through her ears.
Polish Proverb

He who serves two masters has to lie to one.
Portuguese Proverb

Never cut what can be untied.
Portuguese Proverb

Many who have gold in the house are looking for copper outside.
Russian Proverb

To run away is not glorious, but very healthy.
Russian Proverb

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
Rwandan Proverb

A penny saved is a penny gained.
Scottish Proverb

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

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
Scottish Proverb

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
Sicilian Proverb

Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins.
Sioux Indian Prayer

Every season brings its own joy.
Spanish Proverb

Every woman has something of a witch about her.
Spanish Proverb

Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is surely the best.
Spanish Proverb

It is better to be born a beggar than a fool.
Spanish Proverb

The best mirror is an old friend.
Spanish Proverb

It is better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance.
Spanish Proverb

The wolf loses his teeth, but not his inclinations.
Spanish Proverb

It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
Spanish Proverb

The journey is the reward.
Taoist Saying

When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.
Tibetan Buddhist saying

A weapon is an enemy even to its owner.
Turkish Proverb

Coffee should be black as hell; strong as death, and sweet as love.
Turkish Proverb

Insolent ones are never without wounds.
Turkish Proverb

Measure a thousand times and cut once.
Turkish Proverb

The courteous one learns his courtesy from the discourteous.
Turkish Proverb

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
Welsh Proverb

A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.
Yiddish Proverb

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
Yiddish Proverb

All things grow with time, except grief.
Yiddish Proverb

An angry man is not fit to pray.
Yiddish Proverb

As we live, so we learn.
Yiddish Proverb

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the Poor could make a wonderful living.
Yiddish Proverb

The truth is not always what we want to hear.
Yiddish Proverb

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