THE PROVERBS of
Solomon. A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of
A man that hath friends must
shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer
than a brother.
A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit.
A beautiful funeral doesn't guarantee heaven.
A bed bug has a hundred children and says how few.
A bit of fragrance always sticks to the hand that gives you roses.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A borrowed drum never makes good dancing.
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
A father is a banker provided by nature.
A fly can drive away horses.
A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.
A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control
A fool is like all other men as long as he remains silent.
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
A full cup must be carried steadily.
A good painter need not give a name to his picture, a bad one must.
A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.
A half-truth is a whole lie.
A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains.
A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can't fool the rain.
A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
A little dog is really brave in front of his master's house.
A little pot boils easily.
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
A man who chases two rabbits catches none.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
A man's ruin lies in his tongue.
A mother never bites her child to the bone.
A nimble sixpence is better than a slow shilling.
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse.
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priests.
A parasite can not live alone.
A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful.
A peacock has too little in its head, too much in its tail.
A peasant between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.
A poor man who takes a rich wife has a ruler, not a wife.
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
A proverb never lies, it is only its meaning which deceives.
A quarrel is like buttermilk: once it's out of the churn, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.
A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.
A rich man has no need of character.
A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.
A shroud has no pockets.
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
A snake deserves no pity.
A thousand regrets do not cancel one debt.
A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.
A white wall is the fool's paper.
A woman either loves or hates, there is no third course.
A woman without a man is like a garden without a fence.
Abundance, like want, ruins many.
Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
Advice is least heeded when most needed.
After dark all cats are leopards.
After dinner, rest; after supper walk a mile.
After the dance the drum is heavy.
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.
All roads lead to Rome.
All roads do not lead to Rome.
All sins cast long shadows.
All sunshine makes a desert.
All temptations are found either in hope or fear.
All the hours wound you, the last one kills.
All things good to know are difficult to learn.
An Arch never sleeps.
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
An excess of courtesy is a discourtesy.
An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him.
An iron rod bends while it is hot.
An open enemy is better than a false friend.
Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
Ask thy purse what thou should spend.
At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend.
Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
Bad is never good until worse happens.
Beauty without virtue is as a flower without perfume.
Bed is the poor man's opera.
Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.
Behind an able man there are always other able men.
Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.
Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
The best answer to anger is silence.
The best armor is to keep out of range.
The best soldiers are not warlike.
The best way to put an end to bed bugs is to set fire to the bed.
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant.
Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts.
Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.
Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
Better be quarreling than lonesome.
Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense.
Better to bend than break.
Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship.
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Beware of a man of one book.
Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.
Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.
Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Beyond the mountains, more mountains.
Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf.
By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
Children are a poor man's wealth.
Choose a wife with your ears, not your eyes.
Complain to one who can help you.
Confessed faults are half mended.
Cows forget that they were calves.
Danger and delight grow on one stalk.
Debts are like children: the smaller they are the more noise they make.
Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
Deliberate often - decide once.
Deviate an inch, lose a thousand miles.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
Do not bathe if there is no water.
Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.
Do not employ handsome servants.
Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Do not push the river, it will flow by itself.
Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.
Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby.
Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out.
Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
Don't fall before you're pushed.
Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been leant to you.
Don't offer me advice; give me money.
Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.
Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
Don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'worth of tar.
Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.
Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers.
Eating and scratching want but a beginning.
Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong.
Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.
Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
Even the ant has his bite.
Even the hand of compassion is stung when it strokes a scorpion.
Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven.
Every animal knows more than you do.
Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
Every invalid is a doctor.
Every lion has to defend himself against flies.
Every man is a fool in some man's opinion.
Every ruler sleeps on an ant hill.
Everyone pushes a falling fence.
Every rope gat two ends.
Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.
Every path has its puddle.
Every peasant is proud of the pond in his village because from it he measures the sea.
Every road has two directions.
Everything goes to him who wants nothing.
Everything passes, everything wears out, everything breaks.
Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Falling hurts least those who fly low.
Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
Fatigue is the best pillow.
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.
Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at you, you will not be harmed unless you have sore places.
First deserve, and then desire.
The first drink with water, the second without water, the third like water.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.
Fish or cut bait.
Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
Flies and priests can enter any house.
Flies do not swarm on a new pot.
Flies know well the sweet seller's beard.
Follow the river and you will find the sea.
For every bean full of weevils God supplies a blind grocer.
For every grape a hundred wasps.
For example, is not proof.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures on water.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
From a fallen tree, all make kindling.
From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.
From praise, as from a shadow, a man is neither bigger nor smaller.
Get what you can and keep what you have; that's the way to get rich.
Getting money is like digging with a needle; spending it is like water soaking into sand.
Gifts should be handed, not thrown.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries , and you will have a fine pig and a bad child.
Go and wake up your cook.
God acts and doesn't talk.
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.
God promises a safe landing but not a smooth passage.
God sells knowledge for labour - honour for risk.
God will be present, whether asked or not.
God gave teeth; He will give bread.
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
Good fathers make good sons.
Good fences make good neighbours.
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
Goodness shouts. Evil whispers.
Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.
Go often to the house of a friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
Gossip needs no carriage.
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
Great men are not always wise.
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
He dies twice who perishes by his own hand.
He fishes well who uses a golden hook.
He is rich who owes nothing.
He that does not ask will never get a bargain.
He that finds fault wants to buy.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.
He that speaks truth must have one foot in the stirrup.
He who borrows sells his freedom.
He who carves the Buddha never worships him.
He who denies all confesses all.
He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.
He who must die, must die in the dark, even though he sells candles.
He who says what he likes will hear what he does not like.
He who searches for pearls should not sleep.
He who takes a child by the hand takes a mother by the heart.
He who waits for a dead man's shoes is in danger of going barefoot.
He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
He who builds by the roadside has many surveyors.
He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne.
He who feeds the hen ought to have the egg.
He who has been stung by a scorpion is afraid of its shadow.
He who has great strength should use it lightly.
He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
He who has not yet reached the opposite shore should not make fun of him who is drowning.
He who hurries can not walk with dignity.
He who is not impatient is not in love.
He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.
He who knows little quickly tells it.
He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
He who lets the goat be laid on his shoulders is soon after forced to carry the cow.
He who puts up with insult invites injury.
He who respects his parents never dies.
He who says what he likes, hears what he does not like.
He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
He who sows peas on the highway does not get all the pods into his barn.
He who steals once is always a thief.
He who suffers much will know much.
He who takes a partner takes a master.
He who undertakes too much seldom succeeds.
He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.
He who would have others pity him must pity others.
He who would leap far must first take a long run.
He will never worship well the image on the altar who knew it when it was a trunk of wood in the garden.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
Hours are Time's shafts,
And one comes winged with death.
If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
If a person shaves you with a razor, do not shave him with broken glass.
If I die, I forgive you; If I live, we shall see.
If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt.
If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow.
If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
If it is God who sends you, he'll pay your expenses.
If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
If the beard were all, goats could preach.
If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
If there is no wind, row.
If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
If work were a good thing the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago.
If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
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.
If you bow at all, bow low.
If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.
If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
If you can't go over, you must go under.
If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.
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.
If you forsake a certainty for an uncertainty, you will lose both the certainty and the uncertainty.
If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
If you saw what the river carried, you would never drink the water.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it.
If you share your friend's crime you make it your own.
If you speak the truth, keep a foot in the stirrup.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
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.
If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.
If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.
If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
If you would live healthy, be old early.
If you would be pope, you must think of nothing else.
If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.
Ignorance is bliss.
In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.
In for a penny, in for a pound.
In the ant's house, the dew is a flood.
In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
In times of famine, sweet potatoes have no skin.
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
In time of war, the devil makes more room in hell.
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.
In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish.
Into a closed mouth no fly will enter.
Invalids live longest.
It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
It is a cart if it travels well, else it is but timber.
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
It is easier to guard a bushel of fleas than a woman.
It is easier to pull down than to build up.
It is easier to talk than to hold one's tongue.
It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
It is harder to be poor without complaining than to be rich without boasting.
It is later than you think.
It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
It is not enough to aim; you must hit.
It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.
It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead.
It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.
It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
Judge not the horse by his saddle.
June is too early and July is too late - for summer.
Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
Laws, like the spider's webs, catch the flies and let the hawk go free.
Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
Let each person drive away his own wasps.
Let every fox take care of his own tail.
Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
Let no man deceive you with vain words.
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
Little by little the bird builds its nest.
Little men are fond of long titles.
Little pots soon run over.
Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
Long absent, soon forgotten.
Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Love is a kind of military service.
Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
Love rules without rules.
Love tells us many things that are not so.
Love your neighbour, but don't tear down your fence.
Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
Make sure to be in with your equals if you're going to fall out with your superiors.
Man has responsibility, not power.
Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.
Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.
Measure a thousand times and cut once.
Mock not the fallen, for slippery is the road ahead of you.
Money leant to a friend must be recovered from an enemy.
Money, like a queen, gives rank and beauty.
Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.
Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.
Never fall out with your bread and butter.
Never give advice in a crowd.
Never give advice unless asked.
Never rely on the glory of the morning or the smiles of your mother-in-law.
Never squat with your spurs on.
Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys.
Never write a letter while you are angry.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
No call alligator long mouth till you pass him.
No man is a good physician who has never been sick.
No need to teach an eagle to fly.
No one can be caught in places he does not visit.
No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
No one is rich enough to do without a neighbour.
No revenge is more honourable than the one not taken.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced ... even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it.
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.
Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults.
Of a compliment only a third is meant.
Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is the best.
Of two cowards, the one who finds the other out first has the advantage.
Old birds are hard to pluck.
One cannot both feast and become rich.
One coin in the money box makes more noise than when it is full.
One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
One drink is just right; two is too many; three are too few.
One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.
One enemy can harm you more than a hundred friends can do you good.
One generation plants trees, another gets the shade.
One hand cannot applaud.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
One minute of patience, ten years of peace.
One nail drives out another.
One should be just as careful in choosing one's pleasures as in avoiding calamities.
Only fools are glad when governments change.
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.
Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk robe.
Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Peace and a well-built house cannot be bought too dearly.
Peace makes plenty.
People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
Pleasures are transient, honors are immortal.
Poverty is death in another form.
Pray, pray very much; but beware of telling God what you want.
Prayers go up and blessings come down.
Pride is the mask of one's own faults.
Promises are like the full moon: if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.
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.
Rats know the way of rats.
Ready money works great cures.
Remember the rain that made your corn grow.
Rent and Taxes never sleep.
Revenge does not long remain unrevenged.
Revenge is a confession of pain.
Rotten wood cannot be carved.
Salt doesn't boast that it is salted.
Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
Self-praise is no praise at all.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
Sickness shows us what we are.
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
Sleep faster, we need the pillows.
Slow fire ah boil hard cow-heel.
Smelling good is expensive.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
So long as a man is angry he cannot be in the right.
Sorrow is the child of too much joy.
Speaking French doesn't mean you are smart.
Speak of the devil and he appears.
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
Spread the table and contention will cease.
Strew no roses before swine.
Success has many friends.
Summer is the mother of the poor.
Sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbours.
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
Tell nothing to thy friend that thy enemy may not know.
That which doesn't kill you makes you fat.
The absent are always in the wrong.
The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
The anvil fears no blows.
The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother.
The beginning is the half of every action.
The big thieves hang the little ones.
The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble.
The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
The busy fly is in every man's dish.
The camel carries the load, but it is the tick that complains.
The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.
The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.
The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel.
The country rooster does not crow in the town.
The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
The doctor is to be feared more than the disease.
The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.
The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.
The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The eyes are the window of the soul.
The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.
The fly does not kill, but it does spoil.
The fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak.
The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's.
The greater the sinner, the greater the saint.
The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
The heart that loves is always young.
The innkeeper loves a drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.
The journey is the reward.
The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.
The more laws the less justice.
The nail that sticks out is hammered down.
The net of the sleeper catches fish.
The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten.
The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
The partner of my partner is not my partner.
The partridge loves peas, but not those that go into the pot with it.
The peoples pencil has no eraser.
The pope and a peasant know more between them than the pope alone.
The reverse side also has a reverse side.
The rich worry over their money, the poor over their bread.
The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
The shortest answer is doing.
The silent dog is the first to bite.
The sinning is the best part of repentance.
The stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted.
The sun sets without thy assistance.
The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.
The well-travelled may lie with impunity.
The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
The wise man shapes himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
The worse the passage the more welcome the port.
The young lobster learns his manner of walking from the old lobster.
There is a pinch of the madman in every great man.
There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.
There is no flying without wings.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
There is no prayer which does not have anAmen.
There is no pride like that of a beggar grown rich.
There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.
There is not enough room for two elephants to sit in the same shade.
There is nothing hidden between Heaven and Earth.
There is no wise response to a foolish remark.
There is no worse robber than a bad book.
There is one who kisses, and the other who offers a cheek.
There wouldn't be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.
They brag most of their ancestors who are unworthy of them.
Think much, speak little, write less.
This world is a harsh place, this world.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.
Those who do not study are only cattle dressed in men's clothes.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Those who lose dreaming are lost.
Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas.
Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.
Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.
Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise.
Three Spaniards, four opinions.
Time gives good advice.
To a friend's house the road is never long.
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.
To change and change for the better are two different things.
To compare is not to prove.
To deceive a diplomat speak the truth, he has no experience with it.
To know and to act are one and the same.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
To own is to fear.
To the good listener, half a word is enough.
To want to forget something is to remember it.
To understand your parents' love, bear your own children.
Tomorrow is the busiest day of the year.
Travellers from afar can lie with impunity.
Trees often transplanted never prosper.
Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats.
Truth is the safest lie.
Truth never dies, but lives a wretched life.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.
Two watermelons can not be held under one arm.
Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
Until the crickets sing it is not summer.
Unwilling service earns no thanks.
Use power to curb power.
Use soft words and hard arguments.
Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
Visits always give pleasure, if not the arrival, the departure.
Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.
We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
What can't be cured, must be endured.
What is bought is cheaper than a gift.
What is true by firelight is not always true by daylight.
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
What the people believe is true.
What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.
What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
What you give you get, ten times over.
When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.
When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.
When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.
When a wife sins the husband is never innocent.
When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.
When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.
When glory comes, loss of memory follows.
When in doubt, Gallop!
When love is not madness, it is not love.
When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward.
When the hand ceases to scatter, the heart ceases to pray.
When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.
When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
When the ant grows wings it is about to die.
When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
When two quarrel, both are to blame.
When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
When you are thirsty, it is too late to think about digging a well.
When you drink from the stream remember the spring.
When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.
When your neighbour's house is on fire, carry water to your own.
When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you.
When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
Where ambition begins happiness ends.
Where God has his church the devil will have his chapel.
Where there is a sea there are pirates.
Where there is love, there is pain.
Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.
Where the river is deepest it makes least noise.
The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
Who accepts nothing has nothing to return.
Who depends on another man's table often dines late.
Who gossips to you will gossip of you.
Who is not ashamed doubles his sins.
Who lies for you will lie against you.
Who play wid de puppy get bit wid de fleas.
Who punishes one threatens a hundred.
Whose bread I eat: his song I sing.
Who seeks a friend without faults dies alone.
Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
Wife for a time, mother for all time.
Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.
With a good name one may sin easily.
With enoughifswe could put Paris in a bottle.
With money in your pocket you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well too.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.
Women in mischief are wiser than men.
Words must be weighed, not counted.
Worries go better with soup than without.
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.
You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
You can't make pancakes without breaking eggs.
You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
You know how to run, but you don't know how to hide.
You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accommodation.
You must climb the mountain if you would see the plain.
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.
Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them.
Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
Yuh can't suck cane and blow whistle.