International Proverbs

A bad cause requires many words.

German Proverb

 

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Arab Proverb

 

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.

English Proverb

 

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.

Persian Proverb

 

A cat has nine lives.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

A clear conscience is a soft pillow.

German Proverb

 

A close friend can become a close enemy.

Ethiopian Proverb

 

A closed mouth catches no flies.

Italian Proverb

 

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.

German Proverb

 

A courtyard common to all will be swept by none.

Chinese Proverb

 

A dimple on the chin, the devil within.

Gaelic Proverb

 

A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master.

Russian Proverb

 

A drink precedes a story.

Irish Proverb

 

A drowning man is not troubled by rain.

Persian Proverb

 

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

 

A forest is in an acorn.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

A friend in need is a friend indeed

English Proverb

 

A friend's eye is a good mirror.

Irish Proverb

 

A good denial, the best point in law.

Irish Proverb

 

A good husband is healthy and absent.

Japanese Proverb

 

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

A healthy man is a successful man.

French Proverb

 

A hedge between keeps friendship green.

French Proverb

 

A hen is heavy when carried far.

Irish Proverb

 

A hound's food is in its legs.

Irish Proverb

 

A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel.

Portuguese Proverb

 

A hungry man is an angry man.

English Proverb

 

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.

French Proverb

 

A little too late, is much too late.

German Proverb

 

A loan though old is not gift.

Hungarian Proverb

 

A lock is better than suspicion.

Irish Proverb

 

A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.

Turkish Proverb

 

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

Yiddish Proverb

 

A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.

Yiddish Proverb

 

A monkey never thinks her baby's ugly.

Haitian Proverb

 

A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners.

Irish Proverb

 

A penny for your thoughts.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

A penny saved is a penny gained.

Scottish Proverb

 

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.

English Proverb

 

A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener.

Hungarian Proverb

 

A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths.

Chinese proverb

 

A silent mouth is melodious.

Irish Proverb

 

A single Russian hair outweighs half a Pole.

Traditional Russian Saying

 

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb

 

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Bible - Proverbs 15:1.

 

A son is a son till he gets him a wife,

But a daughter's a daughter the rest of your life.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.

Welsh Proverb

 

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.

Yiddish Proverb

 

A teacher is better than two books.

German Proverb

 

A thief believes everybody steals.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

Chinese proverb

 

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

French Proverb

 

A trade not properly learned is an enemy.

Irish Proverb

 

A tree falls the way it leans.

Bulgarian Proverb

 

A white Christmas fills the churchyard.

French Proverb

 

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

Yiddish Proverb

 

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Chinese Proverb

 

A woman has the form of an angel, the heart of a serpent, and the mind of an ass.

German Proverb

 

A worthy woman is far more precious than jewels, strength and dignity are her clothing.

Bible - Proverbs 31

 

Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.

Danish Proverb

 

Advice should be viewed from behind.

Swedish Proverb

 

Advice when most needed is least heeded.

English Proverb

 

After shaking hands with a Greek, count your fingers.

Albanian Saying

 

Age is honorable and youth is noble.

Irish Proverb

 

All is well that ends well.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

All things grow with time, except grief.

Yiddish Proverb

 

An angry man is not fit to pray.

Yiddish Proverb

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

An ass in Germany is a professor in Rome .

Traditional German Saying

 

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue.

Russian Proverb

 

An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea.

Turkish Proverb

 

An ox remains an ox, even if driven to Vienna .

Hungarian Proverb

 

And old rat is a brave rat.

French Proverb

 

Anger can be an expensive luxury.

Italian Proverb

 

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.

Malabar Proverb

 

Anger without power is folly.

German Proverb

 

Appetite comes with eating.

French Proverb

 

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

Bible - Proverbs 26:11

 

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

Bible - Proverbs 23:7

 

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Bible - Proverbs 25:25.

 

As mad as a March hare.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

As proud as a peacock.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

As sluttish and slatternly as an Irishwoman bred in France .

Traditional Irish Saying

 

As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

Irish Proverb

 

As we live, so we learn.

Yiddish Proverb

 

Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

Irish Proverb

 

Beggars shouldn't be choosers.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Better give a penny then lend twenty.

Italian Proverb

 

Better late than never.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Better no doctor at all than three.

Polish Proverb

 

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

English Proverb

 

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese Proverb

 

Better wear out shoes than sheets.

Scottish Proverb

 

Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

German Proverb

 

Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love. (About coffee.)

Turkish proverb

 

Blood is thicker than water.

English Proverb (17th Century)

 

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

Irish Proverb

 

Butter would not melt in her mouth.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Indian Proverb

 

Children are poor men's riches.

English Proverb

 

Children should be seen and not heard.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.

English Proverb.

 

Choose neither a woman nor linen by candlelight.

Italian Proverb

 

Climb mountains to see lowlands.

Chinese Proverb

 

Clogs to clogs in three generations.

English Proverb

 

Clouds gather before a storm.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Commit a sin twice and it will not seem a crime.

Jewish Saying

 

Curiosity killed the cat.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.

Japanese Proverb

 

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.

Chinese Proverb

 

Death always comes too early or too late

English Proverb

 

Death closes all doors.

English Proverb

 

Death pays all debts.

English Proverb

 

Did hogs feed here or did Lithuanians have a feast here?

Traditional Polish Saying

 

Do not be born good or handsome, but be born lucky.

Russian Proverb

 

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

Indian Proverb

 

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

African proverb

 

Do not rejoice at my grief, for when mine is old, yours will be new.

Spanish Proverb

 

Do not speak of secrets in a field that is full of little hills.

Hebrew Proverb

 

Do not talk Arabic in the house of a Moor.

Oriental Proverb

 

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

Chinese Proverb

 

Don't imitate the fly before you have wings.

French Proverb

 

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound.

Latin Proverb

 

Epigrams succeed where epics fail.

Persian Proverb

 

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Bible - Proverbs 17:28

 

Even a small thorn causes festering.

Irish Proverb

 

Every ass loves to hear himself bray.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Every cloud has a silver lining.

English Proverb

 

Every dog hath its day.

English Proverb

 

Every garden may have some weeds.

English Proverb

 

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

Yiddish proverb

 

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another.

Italian Proverb

 

Everyone pushes a falling fence.

Chinese Proverb

 

Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.

Ethiopian Proverb

 

Evil is sooner believed than good.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.

Eastern Proverb

 

Fame is a magnifying glass.

English Proverb

 

Feather by feather the goose can be plucked.

French Proverb

 

Fine feathers make fine birds.

English Proverb

 

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

Spanish Proverb

 

Fortune is a woman; if you neglect her today do not expect to regain her tomorrow.

French Proverb

 

Fortune is blind, but not invisible.

French Proverb

 

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.

English Proverb

 

Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom.

French Proverb

 

Friendship is a furrow in the sand.

Tongan Proverb

 

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.

Chinese Proverb

 

Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it.

Italian Proverb

 

Give the devil his due.

English Proverb

 

Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth.

French Proverb

 

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

Jewish Proverb

 

God gives the nuts, but he doesn't crack them.

German proverb

 

God heals, and the physician takes the fee.

French Proverb

 

God help the rich man, let the poor man beg!

Old English Proverb

 

God help the rich, the poor can look after themselves.

Old English Proverb

 

Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

Chinese Proverb

 

Good advice is often annoying, bad advice never.

French Proverb

 

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

Irish Proverb

 

Good luck beats early rising.

Irish Proverb

 

Gray hairs are death's blossoms.

English Proverb

 

Half a loaf is better than none.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Haste makes waste.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another's.

Welsh Proverb

 

He is not wise that is not wise for himself.

English Proverb

 

He lied like an eyewitness.

Russian Insult

 

He makes his home where the living is best.

Latin Proverb

 

He that can't endure the bad will not live to see the good.

Jewish Proverb

 

He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

French Proverb (14th century)

 

He that is rich will not be called a fool.

Spanish Proverb

 

He that lives on hope will die fasting.

North American Proverb

 

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Bible - Proverbs 28:20.

 

He that marries for money will earn it.

American Proverb

 

He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.

English Proverb

 

He that seeks trouble never misses.

English Proverb (17th century)

 

He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

Bible - Proverbs 24

 

He that winna be ruled by the rudder maun be ruled by the rock.

Scottish Proverb

 

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Chinese proverb

 

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

Chinese proverb

 

He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you

Irish Proverb

 

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.

Chinese Proverb

 

He who does not know one thing knows another.

Kenyan Proverb

 

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

Irish Proverb

 

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

Arabian Proverb

 

He who has once burnt his mouth always blows his soup.

German Proverb

 

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

German Proverb

 

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

Spanish Proverb

 

He who leaps high must take a long run.

Danish Proverb

 

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.

Chinese Proverb

 

He who serves two masters has to lie to one.

Portuguese Proverb

 

He who sups with the devil has need of a long spoon.

English Proverb

 

He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.

English Proverb

 

He who would eat in Spain must bring his kitchen along.

Traditional German Saying

 

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

 

Heaven lent you a soul Earth will lend a grave.

Chinese Proverb

 

Honesty is the best policy.

English Proverb

 

How many will listen to the truth when you tell them?

Yiddish Proverb

 

Hygiene is two thirds of health.

Lebanese Proverb

 

If a man be great, even his dog will wear a proud look.

Japanese Proverb

 

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.

Italian Proverb

 

If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

Yiddish Proverb

 

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.

Jewish Proverb

 

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

Yiddish Proverb

 

If the patient dies, the doctor has killed him, but if he gets well, the saints have saved him.

Italian Proverb

 

If two men ride a horse, one must ride behind.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

Chinese Proverb

 

If you believe everything you read, better not read.

Japanese proverb

 

If you bow at all bow low.

Chinese Proverb

 

If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.

Irish Proverb

 

If you love him, don't lend him.

Polish Proverb

 

If you take big paces you leave big spaces.

Burmese Proverb

 

If you want to be criticized, marry.

Irish Proverb

 

If you wish to die young, make your physician your heir.

Romanian Proverb

 

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

Chinese Proverb

 

In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

Spanish Proverb

 

In America half an hour is forty minutes.

German Proverb

 

In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.

Greek Proverb

 

In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.

French Proverb

 

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.

Irish Proverb

 

It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.

Irish Proverb

 

It is a bold mouse that nestles in the cat's ear.

English Proverb

 

It is a long road that has no turning.

Irish Proverb

 

It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.

English Proverb (18th century)

 

It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

It is better to be a male for one day than a female for ten.

Kurdish Proverb

 

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

Spanish Proverb

 

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

Spanish Proverb

 

It is better to exist unknown to the law.

Irish Proverb

 

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all. (About laziness)

Indian Proverb

 

It is hard to pay for bread that has been eaten.

Danish Proverb

 

It is not a secret if it is known by three people.

Irish Proverb

 

It is not enough to run, one must start in time.

French Proverb

 

It is not fish until it is on the bank.

Irish Proverb

 

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

Russian proverb

 

It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.

Irish Proverb

 

It is the good horse that draws its own cart.

Irish Proverb

 

It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.

Irish Proverb

 

It takes time to build castles. Rome wan not built in a day.

Irish Proverb

 

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.

Irish Proverb

 

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

Chinese Proverb

 

Keep a thing for seven years and you'll find a use for it.

Irish Proverb

 

Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.

English Proverb

 

Lack of resource has hanged many a person.

Irish Proverb

 

Last ship, best ship.

English Proverb

 

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Chinese Proverb

 

Lend your money and lose your friend.

English Proverb

 

Let sleeping dogs lie.

English Proverb

 

Let your heart guide your head in evil matters.

Spanish Proverb

 

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Indian Proverb

 

Life without a friend is death without a witness.

Spanish Proverb

 

Like a fish out of water.

Latin Saying

 

Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Bible - Proverbs 26:7

 

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.

Irish Proverb

 

Little pitchers have big ears.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.

Spanish Proverb

 

Look before you leap.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Look down if you would know how high you stand.

Yiddish Proverb

 

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

Polish Proverb

 

Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.

French Proverb

 

Love me, love my dog.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Love your neighbors, but don't pull down the fence.

Chinese proverb

 

Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret; they soon betray themselves.

Spanish Proverb

 

Luck has a slender anchorage

English Proverb

 

Mad as a march hare.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Make hay while the sun shines.

English Proverb

 

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

Chinese Proverb

 

Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.

Czech Proverb

 

Many hands make light work.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

May as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.

English Proverb

 

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope.

Traditional Irish Curse

 

May the grass grow at your door and the fox build his nest on your hearthstone.

May the light fade from your eyes, so you never see what you love.

May your own blood rise against you, and the sweetest drink you take be the bitterest cup of sorrow.

May you die without benefit of clergy;

May there be none to shed a tear at your grave, and may the hearthstone of hell be your best bed forever.

Traditional Wexford Curse

 

May you have a bright future - as the chimney sweep said to his son.

Irish Proverb

 

May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.

Traditional Gypsy Curse

 

May your every wish be granted.

Ancient Chinese Curse

 

May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.

Traditional Arab Curse

 

Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.

French Proverb

 

Mere words do not feed the friars.

Irish Proverb

 

More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown.

Spanish Proverb

 

More things belong to marriage than four bare legs in a bed.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.

Irish Proverb

 

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Irish Proverb

 

Necessity knows no law.

Irish Proverb

 

Necessity never made a good bargain.

North American Proverb

 

Need teaches a plan.

Irish Proverb

 

Never cut what can be untied.

Portuguese Proverb

 

Never love with all your heart, it only ends in breaking.

English Proverb

 

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

Scottish Proverb

 

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.

English Proverb

 

Night is the mother of council.

Latin Proverb

 

No man limps because another is hurt.

Danish Proverb

 

No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

No rose without a thorn, or a love without a rival.

Turkish Proverb

 

No time like the present.

English Proverb

 

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb

 

Not wine...men intoxicate themselves; Not vice...men entice themselves.

Chinese Proverb

 

Nothing dries sooner than tears.

Latin Proverb

 

Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.

French Proverb

 

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

One beggar at the door is enough.

French Proverb

 

One cannot shoe a running horse.

Dutch Proverb

 

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

English Proverb (17th century)

 

One flower will not make a garland.

French Proverb

 

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese Proverb

 

One good turn deserves another.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

Chinese Proverb

 

One of these day is none of these days.

English Proverb

 

One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune.

Swedish Proverb

 

One swallow maketh not a summer.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

One woman never praises another.

Estonian Proverb

 

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches

English Proverb

 

Out of the frying pan into the fire.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.

French Proverb

 

Patience is poultice for all wounds.

Irish Proverb

 

Patience is the best medicine.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

People live in each other's shelter.

Irish Proverb

 

Pigs might fly, but they are most unlikely birds.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks.

Russian proverb

 

Poor men seek meat for their stomach, rich men stomach for their meat.

English Proverb

 

Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.

Korean Proverb

 

Practice makes perfect.

English Proverb

 

Praise the young and they will blossom

Irish Proverb

 

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Bible - Proverbs 16:18

 

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Public before private and country before family.

Chinese Proverb

 

Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.

Irish Proverb

 

Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.

Irish Proverb

 

Rags to riches to rags.

Lancastrian Proverb

 

Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash off the spots.

Ashanti Proverb

 

Rats desert a sinking ship.

French Proverb

 

Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor.

French Proverb

 

Roasted pigeons will not fly into one's mouth.

Dutch Proverb

 

Rome was not built in a day.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

English Proverb

 

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

Arabic Proverb

 

Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll out ride the Devil.

German Proverb

 

Set a thief to catch a thief.

English Proverb

 

Silence was never written down.

Italian Proverb

 

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.

Spanish Proverb

 

Sit a beggar at your table and he will soon put his feet on it.

Russian Proverb

 

Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.

English Proverb

 

Small children give you headache; big children heartache.

Russian Proverb

 

Some people are masters of money, and some its slaves.

Russian Proverb

 

Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time

I am being carried on great wings across the sky.

Ojibway Saying

 

Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.

English Proverb

 

Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.

English Proverb (17th century)

 

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Slovenian Proverb

 

Stars are not seen by sunshine.

Spanish Proverb

 

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Bible - Proverbs 9:17.

 

Sweet is the wine but sour is the payment.

Irish Proverb

 

Take heed of enemies reconciled, and of meat twice boiled.

English Proverb.

 

Take thy thoughts to bed with thee, for the morning is wiser than the evening.

Russian Proverb

 

Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.

English Proverb

 

Tell me who you live with and I will tell you who you are.

Spanish Proverb

 

Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

Chinese Proverb

 

The best advice is found on the pillow.

Danish Proverb

 

The best thing about a man is his dog.

French Proverb

 

The big thieves hang the little ones.

Czech proverb

 

The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I'll walk carefully.

Russian proverb

 

The comforter's head never aches.

Italian Proverb

 

The darkest hour is that before the dawn.

English Proverb

 

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.

Irish Proverb

 

The devil looks after his own.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

The devil seduced Eve in Italian. Eve mislead Adam in Bohemian. The Lord scolded them both in German. Then the angel drove them from paradise in Hungarian.

Traditional Polish Saying

 

The fat is in the fire.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

 

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.

Yiddish Proverb

 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

The great thieves lead away the little thieves.

French Proverb

 

The green new broom sweepeth clean.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

The hole is more honorable than the patch.

Irish Proverb

 

The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

 

The innkeeper loves the drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.

Yiddish Proverb

 

The jay bird don't rob his own nest.

West Indies Proverb

 

The light heart lives long.

Irish Proverb

 

The man who does not love a horse cannot love a woman.

Spanish Proverb

 

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.

Chinese Proverb

 

The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

Irish Proverb

 

The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

Irish Proverb

 

The moon is made of a green cheese.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

The more the merrier.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

The morning is wiser than the evening.

Russian Proverb

 

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.

Japanese Proverb

 

The night rinses what the day has soaped.

Swiss Proverb

 

The only good thing that comes from the east is the sun.

Traditional Portuguese Saying

 

The palest ink is better than the best memory.

Chinese proverb

 

The pine stays green in winter...Wisdom in hardship.

Chinese Proverb

 

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

Irish Proverb

 

The reverse side also has a reverse side.

Japanese proverb

 

The right man comes at the right time.

Italian Proverb

 

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

Danish proverb

 

The Russian knows the way, yet he asks for directions.

Traditional German Saying

 

The sea has an enormous thirst and an insatiable appetite.

French Proverb

 

The silent dog is the first to bite.

German Proverb

 

The smallest thing outlives the human being.

Irish Proverb

 

The Spaniard is a bad servant but a worse master.

Traditional English Saying

 

The sun will set without thy assistance.

Hebrew Proverb

 

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

French Proverb

 

The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe.

Russian proverb

 

The tide tarrieth for no man.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

The tongue is more to be feared than the sword.

Japanese Proverb

 

The tongue like a sharp knife...Kills without drawing blood.

Chinese Proverb

 

The truth is not always what we want to hear.

Yiddish Proverb

 

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

Malay Proverb

 

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

Irish Proverb

 

The well fed does not understand the lean.

Irish Proverb

 

The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.

Arabian Proverb

 

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.

Chinese Proverb

 

The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet.

Persian Proverb

 

The wolf loses his teeth, but not his inclinations.

Spanish Proverb

 

The work praises the man.

Irish Proverb

 

The world is a rose: smell it and pass it on to your friends.

Persian Proverb

 

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey

Irish Proverb

 

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

Chinese Proverb

 

There are more old drunkards than old doctors.

French Proverb

 

There are only two types of Chinese -- those who give bribes and those who take them.

Russian Proverb

 

There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing.

French Proverb.

 

There is but one good mother-in-law and she is dead.

English Proverb

 

There is honor even among thieves.

English Proverb

 

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.

Irish Proverb

 

There is no fireside like your own fireside

Irish Proverb

 

There is no luck except where there is discipline.

Irish Proverb

 

There is no need like the lack of a friend.

Irish Proverb

 

There is no strength without unity.

Irish Proverb

 

There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel.

Russian Proverb

 

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

Greek Proverb

 

They who love most are least valued.

English Proverb

 

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

 

Think with the wise but walk with the vulgar.

German Proverb

 

Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness.

Irish Proverb

 

Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.

Malay Proverb

 

Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst.

Irish Proverb

 

Three Spaniards, four opinions.

Spanish Proverb

 

Time is a great story teller.

Irish Proverb

 

Time trieth truth.

English Proverb

 

To be rich is not everything, but it certainly helps.

Yiddish Proverb

 

To deny all, is to confess all.

Spanish Proverb

 

To leave is to die a little.

French Proverb

 

To lend is to buy a quarrel.

Indian Proverb

 

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.

English Proverb (18th century)

 

To teach is to learn.

Japanese Proverb

 

To the ass, or the sow, their own offspring appears the fairest in creation.

Latin Proverb

 

To whom you tell your secrets, to him you resign your liberty.

Spanish Proverb

 

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

North American Saying

 

Tomorrow is a new day.

English Proverb

 

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish Proverb

 

Tomorrow never comes.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Trouble rides a fast horse.

Italian Proverb

 

True nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Hindustani Proverb

 

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.

Old Muslim Proverb

 

Truth and oil always come to the surface.

Spanish Proverb

 

Truth has a handsome countenance but torn garments.

German Proverb

 

Truth is the safest lie.

Jewish Proverb

 

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.

Bible - Proverbs 12:19

 

Truth will be out.

Latin Proverb

 

Two heads are better than one.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

Two shorten the road.

Irish Proverb

 

Two thirds of the work is the semblance.

Irish Proverb

 

Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs.

Japanese Proverb

 

Visit your aunt, but not every day of the year.

Spanish Proverb

 

Walk straight, my son - as the old crab said to the young crab.

Irish Proverb

 

Want a thing long enough and you don't

Chinese Proverb

 

War is death's feast.

George Herbert "Outlandish Proverbs"

 

Water for oxen, wine for kings.

Spanish Proverb

 

We'll never know the worth of water till the well go dry.

Scottish Proverb

 

Went in one ear and out the other.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.

Spanish Proverb

 

What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.

Swedish proverb

 

What one knows it is sometimes useful to forget.

Latin Proverb

 

What you can not avoid, welcome.

Chinese Proverb

 

When a father helps a son, both smile; but when a son must help his father, both cry.

Jewish Proverb

 

When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

Irish Proverb

 

When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.

Irish Proverb

 

When fortune knocks upon the door open it widely.

Spanish Proverb

 

When ill luck falls asleep, let none wake her.

Italian Proverb

 

When its time has arrived, the prey becomes the hunter.

Persian Proverb

 

When one dog barks another will join it.

Latin Proverb

 

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

Ethiopian proverb

 

When the apple is ripe it will fall.

Irish Proverb

 

When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside.

Irish Proverb

 

When the iron is hot, strike.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

When the liquor was gone the fun was gone.

Irish Proverb

 

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.

Nigerian Proverb

 

When the sun shineth, make hay.

John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

 

When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.

English Proverb

 

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

African Proverb

 

When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

Chinese Proverb

 

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us.

Russian Proverb

 

When you live next to the cemetery you cannot weep for everyone.

Russian Proverb

 

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Indian proverb

 

When your enemy falls, don't rejoice -- but don't pick him up either.

Yiddish Proverb

 

Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Bible - Proverbs 11:14.

 

Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

Irish Proverb

 

Where there is love there is pain.

Spanish Proverb

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Bible - Proverbs 29:18

 

Where there's music there can be love.

French Proverb

 

While the cat's away, the mice can play.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

Who begins too much accomplishes little.

German proverb

 

Who knows most speaks least.

Spanish Proverb

 

Who lies with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Latin Proverb

 

Wine divulges truth.

Irish Proverb

 

Witches and harlots come out at night.

English Proverb

 

With foxes we must play the fox.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

 

With money you are a dragon; with no money, a worm.

Chinese Proverb

 

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Bible - Proverbs 23:13-14.

 

Without justice, courage is weak.

North American Proverb

 

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Greek proverb

 

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day.

Sanskrit Proverb

 

You can always tell a German, but you can't tell him much.

German Proverb

 

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Irish Proverb

 

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

Greek Proverb

 

You cannot unscramble eggs.

North American Proverb

 

You can't hatch chickens from fried eggs.

Dutch Proverb

 

You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

North American Proverb

 

You must live with a person to know a person. If you want to know me come and live with me.

Irish Proverb

 

Young men may die, old men must.

English Proverb

 

Young wood makes a hot fire.

Greek Proverb

 

Your health comes first; you can always hang yourself later.

Yiddish Proverb

 

Your neighbor's apples are the sweetest.

Yiddish Proverb

 

Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.

Irish Proverb

 

Youth sheds many a skin. The steed (horse) does not retain its speed forever.

Irish Proverb

 

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

Irish Proverb

 

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