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THE PROVERBS of
Solomon. A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of
his mother.

Proverbs 10:1 King James Version
Holy Bible


A man that hath friends must
shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer
than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

- A -
A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit.
Italian Proverb

A beautiful funeral doesn't guarantee heaven.
Haitian Proverb

A bed bug has a hundred children and says how few.
Arabic Proverb

A bit of fragrance always sticks to the hand that gives you roses.
Chinese Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Chinese Proverb

A borrowed drum never makes good dancing.
Haitian Proverb

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

A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
French Proverb

A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
Irish Proverb
A father is a banker provided by nature.
French Proverb
A fly can drive away horses.
Greek Proverb

A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.
Swahili Proverb

A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
Miscellaneous Proverb

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
Miscellaneous Proverb

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control
Miscellaneous Proverb

A fool is like all other men as long as he remains silent.
Danish Proverb

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Miscellaneous Proverb

A full cup must be carried steadily.
English Proverb

A good painter need not give a name to his picture, a bad one must.
Polish Proverb

A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.
Polish Proverb

A half-truth is a whole lie.
Jewish Proverb

A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains.
Dutch Proverb

A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
Turkish Proverb

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

A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can't fool the rain.
Haitian Proverb

A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
German Proverb

A little dog is really brave in front of his master's house.
Haitian Proverb

A little pot boils easily.
Dutch Proverb

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
Latin Proverb

A man who chases two rabbits catches none.
Roman Proverb

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
English Proverb

A man's ruin lies in his tongue.
Egyptian Proverb

A mother never bites her child to the bone.
Haitian Proverb

A nimble sixpence is better than a slow shilling.
English Proverb

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse.
English Proverb

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priests.
Spanish Proverb

A parasite can not live alone.
African (Ovambo) Proverb

A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful.
Malagasy Proverb

A peacock has too little in its head, too much in its tail.
Swedish Proverb

A peasant between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
Spanish Proverb

A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.
Sioux Proverb

A poor man who takes a rich wife has a ruler, not a wife.
Greek Proverb

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
John Russell

A proverb never lies, it is only its meaning which deceives.
German Proverb

A quarrel is like buttermilk: once it's out of the churn, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.
Irish Proverb

A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.
African (Annang) Proverb

A rich man has no need of character.
Hebrew Proverb

A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.
Portuguese Proverb

A shroud has no pockets.
German Proverb

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

A snake deserves no pity.
Yiddish Proverb

A thousand regrets do not cancel one debt.
Turkish Proverb

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
American Proverb

A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.
Greek Proverb

A white wall is the fool's paper.
French Proverb

A woman either loves or hates, there is no third course.
Latin Proverb

A woman without a man is like a garden without a fence.
German Proverb

Abundance, like want, ruins many.
Romanian Proverb

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
Romanian Proverb

Advice is least heeded when most needed.
English Proverb

After dark all cats are leopards.
Native American Proverb

After dinner, rest; after supper walk a mile.
Arab Proverb.
After the dance the drum is heavy.
Haitian Proverb

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
Italian Proverb.
After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
Chinese Proverb

After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
Japanese Proverb

All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.
Guyanese Proverb

All roads lead to Rome.
Roman Proverb

All roads do not lead to Rome.
Slovenian Proverb

All sins cast long shadows.
Irish Proverb

All sunshine makes a desert.
Arab Proverb.
All temptations are found either in hope or fear.
English Proverb

All the hours wound you, the last one kills.
Latin Proverb

All things good to know are difficult to learn.
Greek Proverb

An Arch never sleeps.
Hindu Proverb

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
Arab Proverb

An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
Romanian Proverb

An excess of courtesy is a discourtesy.
Japanese Proverb

An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him.
Danish Proverb

An iron rod bends while it is hot.
Greek Proverb

An open enemy is better than a false friend.
Greek Proverb

Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
Russian Proverb

Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
Jewish Proverb

Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
Arabic Proverb

Ask thy purse what thou should spend.
Scottish Proverb

At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend.
Arab Proverb

Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
Gaelic Proverb

- B -
Bad is never good until worse happens.
Danish Proverb

Beauty without virtue is as a flower without perfume.
French Proverb

Bed is the poor man's opera.
Italian Proverb

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

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
Chinese Proverb

Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth.
Italian Proverb

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb

Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.
Latin Proverb

Be Prepared.
Boy Scout Motto.

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
Scottish Proverb

The best answer to anger is silence.
German Proverb

The best armor is to keep out of range.
Italian Proverb

The best soldiers are not warlike.
Chinese Proverb

The best way to put an end to bed bugs is to set fire to the bed.
Mexican Proverb

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

Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts.
Czech Proverb

Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.
Romanian Proverb

Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Italian Proverb

Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
Scottish Proverb

Better be quarreling than lonesome.
Irish Proverb

Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense.
Chinese Proverb

Better to bend than break.
Scottish Proverb

Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb

Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship.
Dutch Proverb

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Italian Proverb

Beware of a man of one book.
Latin Proverb

Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.
Burmese Proverb

Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.
Portuguese Proverb

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Benjamin Franklin

Beyond the mountains, more mountains.
Haitian Proverb

Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf.
Guyanese Proverb

By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
Italian Proverb

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
Latin Proverb

- C -
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Indian Proverb

Charity sees the need, not the cause.
German Proverb

Children are a poor man's wealth.
Danish Proverb

Choose a wife with your ears, not your eyes.
French Proverb

Complain to one who can help you.
Yugoslav Proverb

Confessed faults are half mended.
Scottish Proverb

Cows forget that they were calves.
Russian Proverb

- D -
Danger and delight grow on one stalk.
English Proverb

Debts are like children: the smaller they are the more noise they make.
Spanish Proverb

Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
Japanese Proverb

Deliberate often - decide once.
Latin Proverb.
Deviate an inch, lose a thousand miles.
Chinese Proverb

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
Miscellaneous Proverb

Do not bathe if there is no water.
Shan Proverb

Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.
English Proverb

Do not employ handsome servants.
Chinese Proverb

Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
Latin Proverb

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Czech Proverb

Do not push the river, it will flow by itself.
Polish Proverb

Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.
Romanian Proverb

Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
Egyptian Proverb

Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby.
African (Zulu) Proverb

Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
Arab Proverb

Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
Kurdish Proverb

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
Native American (Pima) Proverb

Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out.
Jewish Proverb

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
English Proverb

Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
Philippine Proverb

Don't fall before you're pushed.
English Proverb.
Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
Swedish Proverb

Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
Jewish Proverb

Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been leant to you.
Belgian Proverb

Don't offer me advice; give me money.
Spanish Proverb

Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.
Jewish Proverb

Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
Biblical Proverb

Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
Slovakian Proverb

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
Spanish Proverb

Don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'worth of tar.
English Proverb

Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
Japanese Proverb

Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
Malayan Proverb

Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Swedish Proverb

Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.
Spanish Proverb

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
Arab Proverb

- E -
Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers.
Greek Proverb

Eating and scratching want but a beginning.
Romanian Proverb

Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong.
Hindu Proverb

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
Benjamin Franklin

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.
Chinese Proverb

Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.
Polish Proverb

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
Miscellaneous Proverb

Even the ant has his bite.
Turkish Proverb

Even the hand of compassion is stung when it strokes a scorpion.
Persian Proverb

Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven.
Japanese Proverb

Every animal knows more than you do.
Native American Proverb

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
Moorish Proverb

Every invalid is a doctor.
Irish Proverb

Every lion has to defend himself against flies.
German Proverb

Every man is a fool in some man's opinion.
Spanish Proverb

Every ruler sleeps on an ant hill.
Afghan Proverb

Everyone pushes a falling fence.
Chinese Proverb

Every rope gat two ends.
Guyanese Proverb

Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.
French Proverb

Every path has its puddle.
English Proverb

Every peasant is proud of the pond in his village because from it he measures the sea.
Russian Proverb

Every road has two directions.
Russian Proverb

Everything goes to him who wants nothing.
French Proverb

Everything passes, everything wears out, everything breaks.
French Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
Arab Proverb

Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
Belgian Proverb

- F -
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb

Falling hurts least those who fly low.
Chinese Proverb

Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
Japanese Proverb

Fatigue is the best pillow.
Hindu Proverb

Fear less, hope more,
eat less, chew more,
whine less, breathe more,
talk less, say more,
hate less, love more,
and all good things will be yours.

Swedish Proverb

Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at you, you will not be harmed unless you have sore places.
Latin Proverb

First deserve, and then desire.
English Proverb

The first drink with water, the second without water, the third like water.
Spanish Proverb

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
Greek Proverb

First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.
Japanese Proverb

Fish or cut bait.
American Proverb

Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
Polish Proverb

Flies and priests can enter any house.
Russian Proverb

Flies do not swarm on a new pot.
Tamil Proverb

Flies know well the sweet seller's beard.
Lebanese Proverb

Follow the river and you will find the sea.
French Proverb

For every bean full of weevils God supplies a blind grocer.
Arabic Proverb

For every grape a hundred wasps.
Persian Proverb

For example, is not proof.
Jewish Proverb

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Chinese Proverb

Forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures on water.
Japanese Proverb

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
French Proverb

From a fallen tree, all make kindling.
Spanish Proverb

From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.
Greek Proverb

From praise, as from a shadow, a man is neither bigger nor smaller.
Danish Proverb

- G -
Get what you can and keep what you have; that's the way to get rich.
Scottish Proverb

Getting money is like digging with a needle; spending it is like water soaking into sand.
Japanese Proverb

Gifts should be handed, not thrown.
Danish Proverb

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries , and you will have a fine pig and a bad child.
Danish Proverb

Go and wake up your cook.
Arab Proverb

God acts and doesn't talk.
Haitian Proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
Jewish Proverb

God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.
German Proverb

God promises a safe landing but not a smooth passage.
Bulgarian Proverb

God sells knowledge for labour - honour for risk.
Arabic Proverb

God will be present, whether asked or not.
Latin Proverb

God gave teeth; He will give bread.
Lithuanian Proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
Jewish Proverb

Good fathers make good sons.
American Proverb

Good fences make good neighbours.
American Proverb

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
Spanish Proverb

Goodness shouts. Evil whispers.
Balinese Proverb

Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.
Tibetan Proverb

Go often to the house of a friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
Scandinavian Proverb

Gossip needs no carriage.
Russian Proverb

Gratitude is the heart's memory.
French Proverb

Great men are not always wise.
Biblical Proverb

- H -
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Chinese Proverb

He dies twice who perishes by his own hand.
Latin Proverb

He fishes well who uses a golden hook.
Latin Proverb

He is rich who owes nothing.
French Proverb.
He that does not ask will never get a bargain.
French Proverb

He that finds fault wants to buy.
German Proverb

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

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Biblical Proverb.
He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.
Arab Proverb

He that speaks truth must have one foot in the stirrup.
Turkish Proverb

He who borrows sells his freedom.
German Proverb

He who carves the Buddha never worships him.
Chinese Proverb

He who denies all confesses all.
Spanish Proverb.
He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.
Dutch Proverb

He who must die, must die in the dark, even though he sells candles.
Colombian Proverb

He who says what he likes will hear what he does not like.
English Proverb

He who searches for pearls should not sleep.
Libyan Proverb

He who takes a child by the hand takes a mother by the heart.
Danish Proverb

He who waits for a dead man's shoes is in danger of going barefoot.
Danish Proverb

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
Persian Proverb

He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.
German Proverb

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

He who builds by the roadside has many surveyors.
Italian Proverb

He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne.
Russian Proverb

He who feeds the hen ought to have the egg.
Danish Proverb

He who has been stung by a scorpion is afraid of its shadow.
Spanish Proverb

He who has great strength should use it lightly.
Latin Proverb

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

He who has not yet reached the opposite shore should not make fun of him who is drowning.
Guinean Proverb

He who hurries can not walk with dignity.
Chinese Proverb

He who is not impatient is not in love.
Italian Proverb

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

He who knows little quickly tells it.
Italian Proverb

He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
Italian Proverb

He who lets the goat be laid on his shoulders is soon after forced to carry the cow.
Italian Proverb

He who puts up with insult invites injury.
Jewish Proverb

He who respects his parents never dies.
Greek Proverb

He who says what he likes, hears what he does not like.
Spanish Proverb

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
Chinese Proverb

He who sows peas on the highway does not get all the pods into his barn.
Danish Proverb

He who steals once is always a thief.
Spanish Proverb

He who suffers much will know much.
Greek Proverb

He who takes a partner takes a master.
French Proverb

He who undertakes too much seldom succeeds.
Dutch Proverb

He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.
Spanish Proverb

He who would have others pity him must pity others.
Yiddish Proverb

He who would leap far must first take a long run.
Danish Proverb

He will never worship well the image on the altar who knew it when it was a trunk of wood in the garden.
Spanish Proverb

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
Benjamin Franklin

Hours are Time's shafts,
And one comes winged with death.

Scottish Clock Motto

- I -
If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
Yiddish Proverb

If a person shaves you with a razor, do not shave him with broken glass.
Surinam Proverb

If I die, I forgive you; If I live, we shall see.
Spanish Proverb

If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt.
Russian Proverb.
If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow.
Saudi Proverb

If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
Chinese Proverb

If it is God who sends you, he'll pay your expenses.
Haitian Proverb

If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
Benjamin Franklin

If the beard were all, goats could preach.
Danish Proverb

If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
Jewish Proverb

If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
Russian Proverb

If there is no wind, row.
Latin Proverb

If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
Spanish Proverb

If work were a good thing the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago.
Haitian Proverb

If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
Russian Proverb

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
Chinese Proverb.
If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years plant people.
Indian Proverb

If you bow at all, bow low.
Chinese Proverb

If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.
Yiddish Proverb

If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
American Proverb

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
Russian Proverb

If you can't go over, you must go under.
Jewish Proverb

If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
American Proverb

If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.
African (Ovambo) Proverb

If you do not strike back at him who hits you, there is no way for him to find out whether you also have hands.
Russian Proverb

If you forsake a certainty for an uncertainty, you will lose both the certainty and the uncertainty.
Sanskrit Proverb

If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet.
Bulgarian Proverb

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
Chinese Proverb

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Khalil Gibran

If you saw what the river carried, you would never drink the water.
Jamaican Proverb

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Native American (Minquass) Proverb

If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
Italian Proverb

If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it.
Chinese Proverb

If you share your friend's crime you make it your own.
Roman Proverb

If you speak the truth, keep a foot in the stirrup.
Turkish Proverb

If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Chinese Proverb

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
Arab Proverb

If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
Chinese Proverb

If you want a crop for one year, grow grain; if you want a crop for ten years, grow a tree; if you want a crop for a hundred years, grow men.
Chinese Proverb

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
Spanish Proverb

If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
Yiddish Proverb

If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.
Haitian Proverb

If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.
Russian Proverb

If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
Romanian Proverb

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
Benjamin Franklin

If you would live healthy, be old early.
Spanish Proverb

If you would be pope, you must think of nothing else.
Spanish Proverb

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
Benjamin Franklin

If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.
French Proverb

Ignorance is bliss.
American Proverb

In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.
Legal Proverb

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.
Latin Proverb

In for a penny, in for a pound.
English Proverb

In the ant's house, the dew is a flood.
Old Proverb

In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
Old Proverb

In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
Chinese Proverb

In times of famine, sweet potatoes have no skin.
Haitian Proverb

In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
English Proverb

In time of war, the devil makes more room in hell.
German Proverb

In the midst of great joy do not promise a man anything; in the midst of great anger do not answer a man's letter.
Chinese Proverb

In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish.
English Proverb

Into a closed mouth no fly will enter.
Moroccan Proverb

Invalids live longest.
German Proverb

It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
Japanese Proverb

It is a cart if it travels well, else it is but timber.
Hindu Proverb

It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
Irish Proverb

It is easier to guard a bushel of fleas than a woman.
German Proverb

It is easier to pull down than to build up.
Latin Proverb

It is easier to talk than to hold one's tongue.
Greek Proverb

It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
Arab Proverb

It is harder to be poor without complaining than to be rich without boasting.
Chinese Proverb

It is later than you think.
Chinese Proverb

It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
Irish Proverb

It is not enough to aim; you must hit.
Italian Proverb

It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.
Czech Proverb

It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead.
Irish Proverb

It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.
Scandinavian Proverb

It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
Latin Proverb

- J -
Judge not the horse by his saddle.
Chinese Proverb

June is too early and July is too late - for summer.
Siberian Saying

Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
Chinese Proverb

- K -
Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
Chinese Proverb

- L -
Laws, like the spider's webs, catch the flies and let the hawk go free.
Spanish Proverb

Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
Danish Proverb

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

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
Chinese Proverb

Let each person drive away his own wasps.
Japanese Proverb

Let every fox take care of his own tail.
Italian Proverb

Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
English Proverb

Let no man deceive you with vain words.
Biblical Proverb

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Native American (Blackfoot) Proverb

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Native American Proverb

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

Little by little the bird builds its nest.
Haitian Proverb

Little men are fond of long titles.
German Proverb

Little pots soon run over.
Dutch Proverb

Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
Arab Proverb

Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
Spanish Proverb

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

Long absent, soon forgotten.
Romanian Proverb

Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
Jewish Proverb

Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Russian Proverb

Love is a kind of military service.
Latin Proverb

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
Swedish Proverb

Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
French Proverb

Love rules without rules.
Italian Proverb

Love tells us many things that are not so.
Ukranian Proverb

Love your neighbour, but don't tear down your fence.
German Proverb

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Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
Chinese Proverb

Make sure to be in with your equals if you're going to fall out with your superiors.
Jewish Proverb

Man has responsibility, not power.
Native American (Tuscarora) Proverb

Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.
Greek Proverb

Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.
Chinese Proverb

Measure a thousand times and cut once.
Turkish Proverb

Mock not the fallen, for slippery is the road ahead of you.
Russian Proverb

Money leant to a friend must be recovered from an enemy.
German Proverb

Money, like a queen, gives rank and beauty.
Latin Proverb

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Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
Chinese Proverb

Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.
Spanish Proverb

Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
Chinese Proverb

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.
Scottish Proverb

Never fall out with your bread and butter.
English Proverb

Never give advice in a crowd.
Arab Proverb

Never give advice unless asked.
German Proverb

Never rely on the glory of the morning or the smiles of your mother-in-law.
Japanese Proverb

Never squat with your spurs on.
Texan Proverb

Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys.
Jewish Proverb

Never write a letter while you are angry.
Chinese Proverb

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
American Proverb

No call alligator long mouth till you pass him.
Jamaican Proverb

No man is a good physician who has never been sick.
Arab Proverb

No need to teach an eagle to fly.
Greek Proverb

No one can be caught in places he does not visit.
Danish Proverb

No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
Taoist Proverb

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbour.
Danish Proverb

No revenge is more honourable than the one not taken.
Spanish Proverb

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced ... even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it.
John Keats

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

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Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults.
Greek Proverb

Of a compliment only a third is meant.
Welsh Proverb

Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is the best.
Chinese Proverb

Of two cowards, the one who finds the other out first has the advantage.
Italian Proverb

Old birds are hard to pluck.
German Proverb

One cannot both feast and become rich.
Ashanti Proverb

One coin in the money box makes more noise than when it is full.
Arab Proverb

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
German Proverb

One drink is just right; two is too many; three are too few.
Spanish Proverb

One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.
Chinese Proverb

One enemy can harm you more than a hundred friends can do you good.
German Proverb

One generation plants trees, another gets the shade.
Chinese Proverb

One hand cannot applaud.
Arab Proverb

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese Proverb

One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
French Proverb

One minute of patience, ten years of peace.
Greek Proverb

One nail drives out another.
German Proverb

One should be just as careful in choosing one's pleasures as in avoiding calamities.
Chinese Proverb

Only fools are glad when governments change.
Romanian Proverb

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.
Indian Proverb

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Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk robe.
Chinese Proverb

Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
French Proverb

Peace and a well-built house cannot be bought too dearly.
Danish Proverb

Peace makes plenty.
English Proverb

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
French Proverb

Pleasures are transient, honors are immortal.
Greek Proverb

Poverty is death in another form.
Latin Proverb

Pray, pray very much; but beware of telling God what you want.
French Proverb

Prayers go up and blessings come down.
Yiddish Proverb

Pride is the mask of one's own faults.
Jewish Proverb

Promises are like the full moon: if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.
German Proverb

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
Leo Rosten

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Quarrels do not last long if the wrong is only on one side.
French Proverb

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Rats know the way of rats.
Chinese Proverb

Ready money works great cures.
French Proverb

Remember the rain that made your corn grow.
Haitian Proverb

Rent and Taxes never sleep.
German Proverb

Revenge does not long remain unrevenged.
German Proverb

Revenge is a confession of pain.
Latin Proverb

Rotten wood cannot be carved.
Chinese Proverb

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Salt doesn't boast that it is salted.
Haitian Proverb

Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
American Proverb

Self-praise is no praise at all.
English Proverb

Set a thief to catch a thief.
French Proverb

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
Swedish Proverb

Sickness shows us what we are.
Latin Proverb

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
Italian Proverb

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

Sleep faster, we need the pillows.
Jewish Proverb

Slow fire ah boil hard cow-heel.
Guyanese Proverb

Smelling good is expensive.
Haitian Proverb

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African Proverb

So long as a man is angry he cannot be in the right.
Chinese Proverb

Sorrow is the child of too much joy.
Chinese Proverb

Speaking French doesn't mean you are smart.
Haitian Proverb

Speak of the devil and he appears.
Italian Proverb

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
Biblical Proverb

Spread the table and contention will cease.
English Proverb

Strew no roses before swine.
Dutch Proverb

Success has many friends.
Greek Proverb

Summer is the mother of the poor.
Italian Proverb

Sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbours.
Swedish Proverb

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Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
Native American Proverb

Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
Russian Proverb

Tell nothing to thy friend that thy enemy may not know.
Danish Proverb

That which doesn't kill you makes you fat.
Haitian Proverb

The absent are always in the wrong.
English Proverb

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
Swedish Proverb.
The anvil fears no blows.
Romanian Proverb

The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother.
Egyptian Proverb

The beginning is the half of every action.
Greek Proverb

The big thieves hang the little ones.
Czech Proverb

The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble.
Ashanti Proverb

The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
Persian Proverb

The busy fly is in every man's dish.
Spanish Proverb

The camel carries the load, but it is the tick that complains.
Moroccan Proverb

The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.
Ukranian Proverb

The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.
English Proverb

The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel.
Haitian Proverb

The country rooster does not crow in the town.
African (Swahili) Proverb

The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
Japanese Proverb

The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
The Talmud

The doctor is to be feared more than the disease.
Latin Proverb

The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.
Danish Proverb

The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.
Portuguese Proverb

The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace.
Haitian Proverb

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Arab Proverb.
The eyes are the window of the soul.
English Proverb

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.
German Proverb

The fly does not kill, but it does spoil.
Hebrew Proverb

The fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak.
Italian Proverb

The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
Japanese Proverb

The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's.
Polish Proverb

The greater the sinner, the greater the saint.
English Proverb

The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
Russian Proverb

The heart that loves is always young.
Greek Proverb

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

The journey is the reward.
Tao Proverb

The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
Persian Proverb

The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.
Chinese Proverb

The more laws the less justice.
German Proverb

The nail that sticks out is hammered down.
Japanese Proverb

The net of the sleeper catches fish.
Greek Proverb

The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten.
Jewish Proverb

The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body.
Philippine Proverb

The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Chinese Proverb

The partner of my partner is not my partner.
Legal Maxim

The partridge loves peas, but not those that go into the pot with it.
African (Wolof) Proverb

The peoples pencil has no eraser.
Haitian Proverb

The pope and a peasant know more between them than the pope alone.
Italian Proverb

The reverse side also has a reverse side.
Japanese Proverb

The rich worry over their money, the poor over their bread.
Vietnamese Proverb

The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
Russian Proverb

The shortest answer is doing.
English Proverb

The silent dog is the first to bite.
Old Proverb

The sinning is the best part of repentance.
Arabic Proverb

The stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted.
Italian Proverb

The sun sets without thy assistance.
The Talmud.

The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.
English Proverb

The well-travelled may lie with impunity.
French Proverb

The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
German Proverb

The wise man shapes himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
Chinese Proverb

The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
Polish Proverb

The worse the passage the more welcome the port.
English Proverb

The young lobster learns his manner of walking from the old lobster.
Slovakian Proverb

There is a pinch of the madman in every great man.
French Proverb

There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.
Chinese Proverb

There is no flying without wings.
French Proverb

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

There is no prayer which does not have an Amen.
Haitian Proverb

There is no pride like that of a beggar grown rich.
French Proverb

There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.
French Proverb

There is not enough room for two elephants to sit in the same shade.
African (Ovambo) Proverb

There is nothing hidden between Heaven and Earth.
Venezuelan Proverb

There is no wise response to a foolish remark.
Latin Proverb

There is no worse robber than a bad book.
Italian Proverb

There is one who kisses, and the other who offers a cheek.
French Proverb

There wouldn't be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.
Sufi Proverb

They brag most of their ancestors who are unworthy of them.
Danish Proverb

Think much, speak little, write less.
French Proverb

This world is a harsh place, this world.
Zulu Proverb

Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Swedish Proverb

Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.
Malay Proverb

Those who do not study are only cattle dressed in men's clothes.
Chinese Proverb

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Chinese Proverb

Those who lose dreaming are lost.
Australian Aboriginal Proverb

Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas.
Italian Proverb

Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.
Chinese Proverb

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

Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise.
Welsh Proverb

Three Spaniards, four opinions.
Spanish Proverb

Time gives good advice.
Maltese Proverb

To a friend's house the road is never long.
Danish Proverb

To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
Chinese Proverb

To change and change for the better are two different things.
German Proverb

To compare is not to prove.
French Proverb

To deceive a diplomat speak the truth, he has no experience with it.
Greek Proverb

To know and to act are one and the same.
Samurai Proverb

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

To own is to fear.
Spanish Proverb

To the good listener, half a word is enough.
Spanish Proverb

To want to forget something is to remember it.
French Proverb

To understand your parents' love, bear your own children.
Chinese Proverb

Tomorrow is the busiest day of the year.
Spanish Proverb

Travellers from afar can lie with impunity.
French Proverb

Trees often transplanted never prosper.
Arab Proverb

Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats.
Malayan Proverb

Truth is the safest lie.
Yiddish Proverb

Truth never dies, but lives a wretched life.
Yiddish Proverb

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

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
Scottish Proverb

Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.
Spanish Proverb

Two watermelons can not be held under one arm.
Turkish Proverb

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Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
Romanian Proverb

Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
Spanish Proverb

Until the crickets sing it is not summer.
Greek Proverb

Unwilling service earns no thanks.
Danish Proverb

Use power to curb power.
Chinese Proverb

Use soft words and hard arguments.
English Proverb

Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
Persian Proverb

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

Visits always give pleasure, if not the arrival, the departure.
Portuguese Proverb

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Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
French Proverb

Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.
Spanish Proverb

We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
English Proverb

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Haida Proverb

We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.
French Proverb

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
French Proverb

What can't be cured, must be endured.
Old Proverb

What is bought is cheaper than a gift.
Portuguese Proverb

What is true by firelight is not always true by daylight.
French Proverb

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
Romanian Proverb

What the people believe is true.
Native American (Anishinabe) Proverb

What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.
French Proverb

What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
Jewish Proverb

What you give you get, ten times over.
Yoruba Proverb

When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.
Swedish Proverb

When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.
German Proverb

When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
Hindu Proverb

When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Confucius

When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
Romanian Proverb

When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.
English Proverb

When a wife sins the husband is never innocent.
Italian Proverb

When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.
African Proverb

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

When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.
Spanish Proverb

When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.
Miscellaneous Proverb

When glory comes, loss of memory follows.
French Proverb

When in doubt, Gallop!
French Foreign Legion Proverb

When love is not madness, it is not love.
Spanish Proverb

When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward.
Swedish Proverb

When the hand ceases to scatter, the heart ceases to pray.
Irish Proverb

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

When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
Swiss Proverb

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

When the ant grows wings it is about to die.
Arabic Proverb

When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
German Proverb

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

When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
Japanese Proverb

When two quarrel, both are to blame.
Dutch Proverb

When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
French Proverb

When you are thirsty, it is too late to think about digging a well.
Japanese Proverb

When you drink from the stream remember the spring.
Chinese Proverb

When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
Czech Proverb

When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
Jewish Proverb

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
Chinese Proverb

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

When your neighbour's house is on fire, carry water to your own.
Italian Proverb

When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you.
African (Wolof) Proverb

When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
Texan Proverb

When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
Chinese Proverb

Where ambition begins happiness ends.
Hungarian Proverb

Where God has his church the devil will have his chapel.
Spanish Proverb

Where there is a sea there are pirates.
Greek Proverb

Where there is love, there is pain.
Spanish Proverb

Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
German Proverb

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.
Korean Proverb

Where the river is deepest it makes least noise.
Italian Proverb

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

Who accepts nothing has nothing to return.
German Proverb

Who depends on another man's table often dines late.
Italian Proverb

Who gossips to you will gossip of you.
Turkish Proverb

Who is not ashamed doubles his sins.
German Proverb

Who lies for you will lie against you.
Bosnian Proverb

Who play wid de puppy get bit wid de fleas.
Guyanese Proverb

Who punishes one threatens a hundred.
French Proverb

Whose bread I eat: his song I sing.
German Proverb

Who seeks a friend without faults dies alone.
Turkish Proverb

Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
German Proverb

Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
Japanese Proverb

Wife for a time, mother for all time.
Haitian Proverb

Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.
Swedish Proverb

With a good name one may sin easily.
Dutch Proverb

With enough ifs we could put Paris in a bottle.
French Proverb

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

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
Chinese Proverb

Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.
Spanish Proverb

Women in mischief are wiser than men.
English Proverb

Words must be weighed, not counted.
Polish Proverb

Worries go better with soup than without.
Jewish Proverb

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Swedish Proverb

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- Y -
You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.
Russian Proverb

You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
Jewish Proverb

You can't make pancakes without breaking eggs.
Spanish Proverb

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
Native American (Navajo) Proverb

You know how to run, but you don't know how to hide.
Haitian Proverb

You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accommodation.
Kenyan Proverb

You must climb the mountain if you would see the plain.
Chinese Proverb

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

Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.
French Proverb

Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them.
Danish Proverb

Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
Jewish Proverb

Yuh can't suck cane and blow whistle.
Guyanese Proverb

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