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with the oars he has Every path has its puddle God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb One of these days is none of these days Revenge is a dish best served cold Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow Beauty without grace is like a hook without bait. Caught between a rock and a hard place Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea (to be stuck with two choices that are both undesirable) Out of the frying pan and into the fire (to go from a bad to a worse situation) Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb (if you're going to get into the same amount of trouble, you might as well commit the greater0 offense) Six of one, half a dozen of the other (each choice is really the same thing) Two sides of the same coin (two aspects of a situation that are connected by necessity) In for a penny, in for a pound (if you're going to make a minor commitment you might as well make the entire commitment) Don't count your chickens before they're hatched (don't start making plans for something until it is a reality, rather than a pleasant speculation)
Don't cross your bridges before you get to them (don't worry about future problems before you need to) A stitch in time saves nine (if you take care of a problem while it's small you won't have a bigger problem to deal with later) (or, as Dr. Who likes to say: A stitch in time takes up space) Time and tide wait for no man (act in a timely fashion because you can't get back lost chances) (or, once again as Dr. Who likes to say: Time and tide melts the snowman.) To listen is to learn, and to understand is to inspire. A lie well stuck to is as good as the truth.
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by its cover Forewarned is forearmed Faith will move mountains The bigger the better It ain't over 'till it's over Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Look before you leap All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy The squeaky wheel gets the grease Actions speak louder than words You can't teach an old dog new tricks One man's meat is another man's poison. Fools seldom differ
He who hesitates is lost
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but it is the early worm that gets caught The early bird catches The early bird may get the worm the worm. and All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy Absence makes the heart grow fonder Abstinence makes the heart go wander Haste makes waste Practice makes perfect and Nobody's perfect Absence makes the heart go wander Chaste makes waste If practice makes perfect and nobody's perfect then why practice? The early bird catches the worm. there's a relative Time heals all wounds Where there's a will. but the second mouse gets the cheese Time wounds all heels Where there's a will.Proverb Humor Anti-proverbs Sources A penny saved makes Jack a dull boy A penny saved is a penny earned. there's a way .
Home is where you hang your @ 2. Melbourne.The e-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail . Australia) Stunted Proverbs Familiarity breeds contempt People living in glass houses should not pelt stones BU T BU T Familiarity breeds! People living in glass houses should not! Silicon Proverbs 1.Circumlocutory Proverbs A disposition towards inquiry deprived the feline of its vital state Elementary sartorial techniques initially applied obviate the need for repetitive similar actions to the square of three Exigency is the matriarch of ingenious contrivance The stylus is more potent than the claymore There is illumination at the termination of the subterranean excavation Curiosity killed the cat A stitch in time saves nine Necessity is the mother of invention The pen is mightier than the sword There's a light at the end of the tunnel (Barry Klein.
You can't teach a new mouse old clicks 5. 11. 18. There's no place like home. The modem is the message Too many clicks spoil the browse The geek shall inherit the earth A chat has nine lives. Speed thrills 26.A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click 4.Pentium wise. Fax is stranger than fiction What boots up must come down Windows will never cease In Gates we trust Virtual reality is its own reward Modulation in all things 21. 20.Don't put all your hypes in one home page 9. teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks . what a tangled Web site we weave when first we practice 25. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.3.C:\ is the root of all directories 8. Know what to expect before you connect 24. 15. Oh. 14.Speak softly and carry a cellular phone 7.com! 23.Great groups from little icons grow 6. 16. A user and his leisure time are soon parted 22. pen and paper foolish 10. 19. 17. 13. Don't byte off more than you can view. 12.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. 14. That way. I have found at my age going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of my face. 10. 9.If you must choose between two evils. If you look like your passport picture. For every action. 6. pick the one you've never tried before. 2.A closed mouth gathers no feet. 8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. 3.If you're too open-minded.New Proverbs 1.My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. you probably need the trip. Always yield to temptation. he'll be a mile way . 12. . if he gets angry.Before you criticize someone. 4.and barefoot. 15. there is an equal and opposite government program. 5. your brains will fall out. 13.Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. 11.Going to church doesn't make you a holy person any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic. 7. because it may not pass your way again. walk a mile in his shoes.Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
.. stay fit........16........................ (Thanks to Mark O'Reilly. 18... 19.mess it up 2.... 1...................... Women are from earth....... especially if it's not there.......daylight savings time 5...Better to be safe than..... Eat well.Strike while the... She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb...how? 6.. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.... well-known proverbs...Don't bite the hand that....It's always darkest before.punch a 5th grader 3.. Scotland... so shall you...A miss is as good as a. It's amazing what you won't find if you don't look for it....... 20... No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes..... Dundee................ Men are from earth. 17........As you shall make your bed. die anyway. and had them come up with the rest........math ................ 8..... Deal with it.) Proverb completion A first grade teacher collected old....You can't teach an old dog new....Mr......looks dirty 7....You can lead a horse to water but...bug is close 4.......
....... ............... Where there's smoke................................................. you'll.... 2..........get out of the way 19.... Happy the bride who........pigs 11... cry and.......... An idle mind is.........If you lie down with the dogs....the best way to relax 12.............stink in the morning 10....... When the blind leadeth the blind.. three's. The pen is mightier than the.A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam....the musketeers 16...pregnant Miscellanea 1.......gets all the presents 14.. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you..... A penny saved is..... Better late than......................you have to blow your nose 17........spanked or grounded 18.....pollution 13......... which his mother puts into his palm.not much 15...9.....A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense Chinese Proverbs 1......... Children should be seen and not....A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches....... there's.. Two's company.
5. The mouth. 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me. 6.As the dog said. 11. The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. but where you slipped. 14.A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings. 12. 10. you will fall for something. People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way. The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory. Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble. .3.If you don't stand for something. which eats.' 7. When a man says yes.A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. 13. Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked his mother's breast. his chi (personal god) says yes also. 8. 9. The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did. 16. 17. 15. it is playing.An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb. does not talk.Do not look where you fell. 4.
When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk. A constant guest is never welcome. A creaking door hangs longest. A pound of care will not pay a pound of debt. 19. English proverbs and sayings A change is as good as a rest. A moneyless man goes fast through the market. A rolling stone gathers no moss. A rule isn't unfair if it applies to everyone. A friend in need is a friend indeed. A man may learn wit every day. 20. You can tell a ripe corn by its look. .18. A few germs never hurt anyone. A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect. A good payer will not object to leaving a deposit. A fool and his money are soon parted. A miss is as good as a mile. You must judge a man by the work of his hands.
after supper walk a mile.A soft answer turneth away wrath. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. . another comes in the door. Abundance of things engenders disdainfulness. All mouth and no trousers. Anger and hate hinder good counsel. As soon as one goes out the window. All things are easy that are done willingly. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Appetite comes with eating. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. A woman's place is in the home. All griefs with bread are less. Any port in a storm. After dinner rest a while. At the game's end we shall see who gains. All talk and no action. As sure as eggs is eggs / (God made) little green apples / night follows day / the day is long. Actions speak louder than words / voice. Anger is a short madness.
Beauty draws more than oxen. Each to his own. Do what is right. Beggars' bags are bottomless. Each person knows where problems lie. drink and be merry (for tomorrow we die). Dead men have no friends. come what may. . Birth is much. Every law has a / its loophole. Better to ask the way than to go astray. Different strokes for different folks. Better keep now than seek anon. Cowards die many times. Eat. Brain is better than brawn. Beggars can't be choosers. Each of us must face our own responsibilities. Every dog has its day. Discretion is the better part of courage / valor. Better late / later than never. Each to his own and God watching over everyone. but breeding is more.
He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. Fools rush / walk in where angels fear to tread. He that fights and runs away. Fine words butter no parsnips. Everyone sees things from his / her own point of view. to wear the devil's gold ring. Half the truth is often a whole lie. Friendless in life. He that blames would buy. friendless in death.Everyone gets his comeuppance in the end / just deserts sooner or later. Give a dog a bad name (and hang it). Great minds think alike. Half a loaf is better than no bread. God sends cold after clothes. lives to fight another day. Evildoers always think the worst of others. For a good appetite there is no hard bread. Give a thing and take a thing. Faint heart never won fair lady. . He that chastens one chastens twenty.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Hunger never saw bad bread / food. Home is where the heart is. Hunger is good kitchen. Her left hand doesn't know what her right hand is doing. Health is better than wealth.He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. Honor buys no meat in the market. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. He who excuses himself accuses himself. Home is where he hangs his hat. Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper. Hell has / hath no fury like a woman scorned. I don't care what people say as long as I . Honesty is the best policy. Hunger drives the wolf out of the woods. Hunger is the best sauce. He who pays the piper calls the tune. He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
. If you lie down with dogs. consult an old man. in for a pound. If you can't stand the heat. you can't expect people to keep your place for you. it's worth doing well. try again. If wishes were horses (. If you go away. If you talk too much you're likely to give yourself away. If at first you don't succeed. you'll get up with fleas. If you don't have what it takes you won't get on in the world. try. then beggars would ride). If you want to watch. get out of the kitchen. In for a penny. you won't be far wrong. If you leave your place. If you wish good advice.get what want. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. you're bound to come to a bad end. you'd better keep quiet. you lose it. If you think the worst. If you live like that. If a job is worth doing.
eat it little by little. It's a small world! Ilocano Proverbs and Sayings Ilocano is an Austronesian language spoken by nine million people in Northern Luzon. If it's food. It's a question of swings and roundabouts. He who cackles laid the egg (he who talks first is the guilty party). Nearly 1/5 of Hawaiian residents can claim some Ilocano heritage. It never rains. A wise man doesn't see his foot on the ground. Philippines. A young tree is easy to straighten.It just makes things worse. What is easily acquired is easily lost. It makes no difference. he watches his next step. Knowledge is wealth that can't be stolen. do it fast. If it's work. dead in the kitchen (lady who dresses beyond her means) A true friend is known in time of need. Barking dogs seldom bite. Captivating in the street. but it pours. but when it's big it is difficult. A man that talks too much accomplishes little. . It is also historically the largest Philippine language spoken in the United States. Wealth can be acquired but beauty cannot.
but a kind act cannot. reaps. the massage of the male. it can fall out (it is not unconditionally yours) . (Deeds cannot be undone) Even if the firewood is green. it will burn when lit (man and women together will eventually be attracted to each other) It's better to be dead and forgotten than to live in shame. There is no muddy water that doesn't clear (One can always change one's ways) The bittermelon is not yet cooked and the squash jumped in (who asked you to join in?) Be careful that you don't spit on your own face. Where there are flowers there are butterflies (young women attract young men) The kick of a female carabao. Useless labor if someone else eats from it (said if another reaps benefits of your work) He who refuses advice will end up in hardship. there's no hay.One need not inherit wealth if he inherits good manners. After the harvest. (A good person doesn't come from a bad family) A debt can be paid. He who is choosy often picks the worst. (women can't hurt men physically) The crow will turn white and the heron black (said to express impossibility) Of what use is grass when the horse is dead? (said to misers) The tomato plant doesn't grow mangos. Even if you put it in your mouth. He who sows.
What goes up must come down. (said by a debtor) If there is no patience. even the bran. A sleeping lobster is carried away by the current. there will be no food. rooks. don't look at its teeth (don't criticize what you borrow) He who eats chili gets burned and he who touches the pot gets charcoal on his hands. (said when everything ventured is lost) Whatever you sow. you reap.When it rains. You cannot squeeze blood out if there's none left. kings. A child that is given everything will rarely succeed in life. Italian Proverbs Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep Love rules without rules Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves When the chess game is over. and queens all go back into the same box He who finds a friend. the pawns. No man is brave in the presence of a crying woman. finds a treasure . Different towns have different customs. he who makes others wait lives. everyone gets wet (gifts must be given to all) When a horse is borrowed. bishops. knights. Rice is wasted. He who waits dies. He who does not look back to his origins will not reach his destination.
Do not gore the peg where you are tied (do not forget your heritage). There is no strong man when the sea is at its worst. north of Luzon Island. Nobody can steal your knowledge.He who scrubs the head of an ass wastes his soap A friend to all and a friend to none is one and the same Love is blind Not all those who are learned are wise The liar needs a good memory People in glass houses should not throw stones Once a thief always a thief Every rule has an exception One who makes his bed must lie in it Don't judge a book by its cover The tongue has no bone but it breaks bone You catch more flies with honey than a barrel of vinegar A fool and his money are soon parted Ivatan Proverbs Ivatan (Chirin nu Ibatan) is a language spoken by 30. Carry with you good teaching. Philippines. There is no current that does not bounce back. Grasp the opportunity because the bed bugs will carry and hide them inside the floor.000 people on the Batanes Islands. always bear in mind sound advice. Do not eat your fingers (do not take advantage of your relatives). The feces that is dropped is sure comfort (consumated things are permanent). . and south of Taiwan.
A man is as wise as his head.A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship. A small key opens big doors.A good companion shortens the longest road. 7. only when he has need of them. A visitor comes with ten blessings. 14. 17. 2. but a tongue-wound festers.A kind word warms a man through three winters. 4. 10. A wise man does his own work. 9. 15. 16. and his wife as young as a girl. and leaves nine. A red apple invites stones.A hungry stomach has no ears. a wise man. 12. 5. of happiness.A man is judged by his work.A knife-wound heals. Kurdish Proverbs 1. 13. A wise man remembers his friends at all times. A thousand friends are too few. one enemy is one too many. 8. A neighbor's hen looks as big as a goose.No one burns the house of a good man. 11. eats one.A fool dreams of wealth. a fool.A heart in love with beauty never grows old. A tribulation is better than a hundred warnings. 6. 3. not his years. .
32. 30. 20. Dogs bark. Do not roll up your trousers before reaching the stream. 35. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. Empty words will not fill an empty stomach. Ability has no school. 27. 33. Every "bad" has its "worse". 26. At table keep short hand. Better a wise foe than a foolish friend. . 36. An open door invites callers. 21. 31. An illness comes by the pound and goes away by the ounce. 37.18. Do what your teacher says but not what he does. Eat and drink with your friends but do not trade with them. 22. 23. Activity breeds prosperity. 29. Beauty passes. For every wise man there is one still wiser. Better a calf of one's own than a jointly owned cow. 19. 25. Even the highest tree has an axe waiting at its foot. wisdom remains. Both the hunted and the hunter rely on God. 28. Every sheep is hung by his own leg. Give nine. save ten. 34. 24. in company keep a short tongue. but the caravan goes on.
In a flat country a hillock thinks itself a mountain. No matter where you go. 50. 39. It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason. If you are an anvil. speak once. Kind words will unlock an iron door. 40. 51.38. Listen a hundred times. consult no one. . It is more difficult to contend with oneself than with the world. If God closes one door. Many will show you the way once your cart has overturned. 42. every dog would become a butcher. if you are a hammer. 41. 48. Habit is worse than rabies. If skill could be gained by watching. be patient. It is easy to catch a serpent with someone else's hand. Guests bring good luck with them. 43. God has created us brothers but has given us separate purses. 46. 47. 49. be strong. he'll ask for the lining. 54. God finds a low branch for the bird that cannot fly. 52. ponder a thousand times. 53. If you wish to do a good deed. 55. 44. He opens a thousand others. It is easy to say "Come" difficult to say "Go". your destiny follows you. If you give him cloth. 45.
72. Patience is bitter. 73. always a friend. 68. Of everything else the newest. 60. 66. Thorns and roses grow on the same tree. Once a friend. Stretch your feet according to your blanket. but it bears sweet fruit. The devil takes a hand in what is done in haste. 62. The rich man's wealth tires the poor man's jaw. 61. 71. 63. 69. 70. 67. The miser and the open-handed spend the same in long run. One gives twice who gives quickly. 64. Open your eyes. those who talk do not know. 59. 65. See with your mind. One beats one's breast who does not beat one's child. One can never repay one's debt to one's mother. One is equally indebted to one's teacher and to God. 58. hear with your heart. Those who know do not talk. . Part with your head.56. the oldest. of friends. but not with your secret. Study from new books but from old teachers. 57. Stairs are climbed step by step. not your mouth.
What the heart thinks. What you give away you keep. but a face meets another face. she says they look like mice.74. 77. 78. be well. 83. He who has had no experience of evil cannot know the worth of what is good. In the world there are more insane than sane. to listen is to reap. live as if you were to die tomorrow. Whoever digs a pit for his neighbor should dig it his own size. Whoever is fond of cream should take the cow around with him. 80. 81. In this world a pint of sweetness and a barrel of bitterness. Enjoy yourself. Work as if you were to live forever. the mouth speaks. 79. What is loaned goes away smiling but returns weeping. Kurds (as a nation) have no friends. Wish well. 85. 84. Qwiel Maltin: Maltese Proverbs Man is a faggot of thorns. 75. We are all flesh and blood. mulberry leaves become satin. Mountain does not meet mountain. 76. for there is nothing in the world . 82. With patience. The world is nonsense: what looks beautiful in the morning looks ugly in the evening. When a cat wants to eat her kittens. To speak is to sow. Whoever speaks evil to you of others will speak evil of you to others.
When a miser dies. After bad weather comes fine weather. The wallet of the timid man neither increases nor decreases. your property to your relatives. You can't buy heaven with money. A good cow gets sold in its own country. Death rights everything. There is no rose without thorns. Life is a farce. because thus it is written. four capitals (of a column) and shit on all i possessed. A cry and a sniff. Without money you can neither hug nor kiss. A kiss without a hug is like a flower without fragrance. Death spares no one. the heirs feel as happy as when they kill a pig. Only death is certain. and the devil prowling around spins. tomorrow you.we can call our own. Money begets money. I am dead it is as if everybody were dead. The world teaches you more than your taskmaster. and fleas beget fleas. Today me. Once you put on the wedding ring you must . Better (marry) an old but wise man than a young but foolish man. No one takes away anything with him. One man's death is another man's life. let the man left behind shut the door if he wants to. With money you can build a road in the sea. A handful of dust. your body to dust. and all comes to naught. We are all equal before death. The world is a wheel and men are the fellowes. Your soul to god.
the house is topsy-turvy. The wagtail hops and flaps its wings. an ugly girl by the help of a mirror. When the husband is a hen and the wife is a cock. but the male dove feeds and coos. but short skirts carry . Long skirts carry dust. A woman who does not understand by a look of the eye won't understand by a box of the fist. Where the heart loves. Marriage without love-making means sad consequences and sorrow. At night all women are alike. Marriage is a lick of honey and a barrel of bitter. Love is blind. He who loves suffers. there the legs walk.submit to all that is necessary. He who follows his wife's advice will never see the face of god. A neck without a head. A lovely girl attracts attention by her good looks. He who makes a fool of himself on account of a woman is well nigh ruined. A woman has even cheated the devil. Don't marry a good-looking bride for you'll have to watch her. Far from the eye far from the heart. she will marry him for his money. Charm is stronger than beauty. Whatsoever a new bride touches is fragrant. Marry a man older than you and not a younger man. buttocks without a hole and a girl without shame are not worth admiring or marrying. who will tire of you. If the man lets a woman know what he has got in his saving box.
Seven women in their right senses are surpassed by a mad man. Money has wings. Its better to drive four horses than a donkey. the devil will haul him away. When the cock is euphoric. You must kill the spider to get rid of the cobweb. Dont make sauce before catching fish. A woman can raise you to heaven and can dump you in hell. The seller has one eye. A woman is like a lemon. What was is no more. Prickly pear trees dont produce peaches. See a sheaf of corn in the morning and a young woman in the evening. . Its the fool wholl get you in trouble. A man and a sheaf of straw make two. He who doesnt fart. The cat and the rat never thought alike. A womans tongue cracks bones. A man's heart is a forest. one hundred. Burn a good maltese. what if is just if. Every bird is proud of its feathers. lets out silent ones. The law is not made for the rich. Believe not a swearing man and a weeping woman. A woman has got seven souls. let alone a bad one. Asking is the sister of knowing.away souls. the brain is amnesic. Women have got long hair and short sense. If god doesnt take a lawyer. you squeeze her and throw her away. Better an ache than a tear. With money you can make a road in the sea. the buyer.
When God wanted to doom the ant. the master will appear. Danish God gives every bird its food. Armenian To be willing is only half the task. Biblical It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop. Put not your trust in princes. consent thou not. You don’t water a camel with a spoon. My son. Chinese When the student is ready. Czech Do not protect yourself by a fence. Wisdom crieth without. not him who speaks. but does not always drop it into the nest.Proverbs from around the world Arab Examine what is said. Dutch Everything of value is defenseless. but rather by your friends. he gave it wings. Estonian Where you find fault with . she uttereth her voice in the street. Belgian Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald. than with a brawling woman in a wide house. if sinners entice thee.
Libyan Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.something. come and give a hand. the poor man of the present moment Korean A stranger nearby is better than a far-away relative. the devil eats flies. stand up eight. Greek The heart that loves is always young. Ethiopian He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured. Hebrew He who spares the whip hates his son Japanese A single arrow is easily broken. When the great lord passes the wise peasant bows deeply and silently farts. German When he has to. Malay Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm. Like frog underneath coconut . but not ten in a bundle. Fall seven times. row. Latin If there is no wind. The rich man thinks of next year.
(Nez Perce) Nigerian He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is. according to John Perry Barlow) Man has responsibility. Native American If you see no reason for giving thanks. (Minquass) It's impossible to awaken someone who is pretending to be asleep. not power. So. (Navajo. Not to know is bad. the fault lies in yourself. He was just like a frog under a coconut shell". He refuses to venture out into the world-he remains ignorant but is happy with it.shell. not to wish to . one who is like the frog will have no knowledge of things/events/places aoutside his 'world'. what you say will stay even after you are gone. Meaning: A frog which leaves under a cocunut shell will think that the shell is the world. (Tuscarora) Talk to your children while they are eating. Usage: "John was excluded from the discussion because he could not contribute to it.
but you cannot return. Russian A priest's beard is always soaked in butter. Translation: He who gets close to a good tree. .know is worse. Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. to make a beautiful omelet you have to break an egg. Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are. You can get to the ends of the world on a lie. Contributor: Roberto Wanton. Scottish What may be done at any time will be done at no time. not rich. If you wish good advice. he or she must be bent early (in childhood) For someone to become a good mother. consult an old man. she must be amused early (relies on word play) Romanian Adversity makes a man wise. Spanish After all. Norwegian For someone to become a good hook. will have a good shade. Interpretation: If you associate with good people. With lies you may go ahead in the world. but you can never go back. good things will happen to you.
wisdom. the world would topple over. you think the whole town is warm. Turkish Measure a thousand times and cut once. No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road. for weeds soon choke up the unused path. 2. A man is judged by his deeds.August 1999 Swedish Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water. but not baked in the same oven. turn back. . Welsh Adversity brings knowledge and knowledge. God couldn't be everywhere. If all men pulled in one direction. The sun will shine into our yard too. Go often to the house of a friend. If you sit in a hot bath. not by his words. shared sorrow is half a sorrow. Kind words take the snake out of his hole. Russian Proverbs and Sayings 1. Shared joy is a double joy. so he created mothers. Yiddish Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough.
Every seed knows its time. 15. Better a dove on the plate than a woodgrouse in the mating place. 7. . 9. All roads lead to Rome. 16. One does not sharpen the axes after the right time. You needn't be afraid of a barking dog. after the time they are needed. 22. so you will sleep. As you make your bed. but you should be afraid of a silent dog. The one who draws (a cart) is urged on. All are not cooks that walk with long knives. 19. 20. 21. 8.3. It is a bad workman that has a bad saw. 12. Onion treats seven ailments. 11. One does not look for good from good. You cannot break through a wall with your forehead. After a storm (comes) fair weather. Any fish is good if it is on the hook. 17. (One does not regret giving) one's own earring to one's dear friend. All is not gold that glitters. so must you eat it. The appetite comes during a meal. 23. 5. All cats are grey at night. 4. One may make up a soft bed (for somebody). 10. 13. 24. 6. but still it will be hard to sleep in. 18. As you cooked the porridge. after sorrow (comes) joy. 14. As is well that ends well. You will reap what you will sow.
. but we cry when it is lost. Where something is thin.25. 35. 27. but would not like to get into the water. 37. 38. A drop hollows out a stone. 31. A bird may be known by its flight. Once burned by milk you will blow on cold water. Not everyone who has a cowl on is a monk. A fly will not get into a closed mouth. 41. Beware of a quiet dog and still water. We do not care of what we have. 39. 33. You cannot pull a fish out of a pond without labour. Better late than never. Idleness is the mother of all vices. Better to stumble than make a slip of the tongue. One fisherman sees another from afar. 34. 36. One would like to eat fish. He would exclaim "Ah" looking at himself. 45. No money is taken for just looking (at somebody or something). 44. 26. 30. 42. that's where it tears. 40. One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down. 32. A sparrow in the hand is better than a cock on the roof. 43. 28. Take the bull by the horns. There will be trouble if the cobbler starts making pies. 29. Any sandpiper is great in his own swamp.
You do not need a whip to urge on an obedient horse. the red sun will come out. Do not dig a hole for somebody else. 49. 63. 67. Do not cut the bough you are sitting on. God takes care of the one who takes care of himself. Do not carry rubbish out of your hut. 65. Do not look at gift hourse's mouth. Chickens are counted in autumn. Stormy weather cannot stay all the time. The peasant will not cross himself before it begins to thunder. 53. Do not measure (others) by your own yardstick. 59. 56. There will come a time when the seed will sprout. One does not go to Tula with one's own samovar. you yourself will fall into it. Stretch your legs according to your clothes. 57. 55. You need a sharp axe for a tough bough. 61. The scythe ran into a stone. 64. God does not give to cow that butts. 51. A wolf won't eat wolf. 66. . 50. Do not praise yourself whike going into battle. The devil is not so frighful as he is painted. praise yourself coming out of battle. 47.46. Do not make an elephant out of a fly. 62. Cut down the tree that you are able to. 52. Curious Varvara's nose was torn off. 58. 54. too. 60. 48.
75. 77. Tell me who you hang out with and I'll tell you who you are. 82. Spanish Proverbs Once you build a bad/good reputation it stays forever. Do not plant a tree with its root upward. Eggs cannot teach a hen. 76. but the head doesn't know. 69. You do not swap horses while crossing the ford. God gives to those who get up early. A man should not be struck when he is down. 71. A tree that grows crooked will never straighten its trunk. An empty barrel makes the greatest sound. The tongue speaks. There is no evil without good. 70. 78. One that does bad will pay before he/she dies . 74. One that portrays to be good and his intention are bad. Every sandpiper praises its own swamp. a pike knows his own science. 73. 80. One is one's own master on one's own stove. Drowing man clutches at straw. Do not teach a pike to swim. 81.but it is better at home. 72. 79. Do not play with fire . It is good to be visiting. The end is the crown of any work.68.you will burn yourself.
the same way. dies by the sword. [He who lives by the sword. .] Don't postpone until tomorrow what you can do today.
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