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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.
Anonymous

- 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.
Anonymous

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.

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.
Anonymous

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.
Anonymous

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.

- V -
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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