From time to time I receive proverbs that are claimed to be from a spesific country.
Many of these proverbs show an interesting outlook on the countries history.
Therefore I have included a page to record some of these sayings.
- Everybody's magpie is always the whitest.
Magpies are a black and white bird.
- It is easy to criticize somebody, who is doing a complicated work, when you didn't do anything similarly complicated.
- The person who provided this saying stated:-
"If you fortunately know the English equivalent, I would be grateful for indication."
The best I could do was :-
It is easy to criticise others work, when you are not working.
He who does nothing, does not damage anything.
- Bend, but don't break.
- He who is bitten by a snake avoids long grass.
- In good times we forget to burn incense; in hard times we embrace the Buddha's feet.
- Patience and a mulberry leaf will make a silk gown.
- To succeed, consult three old people.
- When the market is brisk, the seller does not stop to wash the mud from his turnips.
- Men make laws, but women make morals.
- Who loves well, forgets slowly.
- Marriage teaches you to live alone.
- Lending money to a man causes him to lose his memory.
- It is too late to cover the well when the child is drowned.
- The guest is dearest when he is leaving.
- As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived.
- Love can turn the cottage into a golden palace.
- Patience is often better than medicine.
- Little bean by little bean the sack will surely fill.
- Patience caught the nimble hare.
- Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
- The drunkard and the fool never keep secrets.
- The heart that loves is always young.
- The other man's bread tastes sweetest.
- To the bad driver, the mules are always to blame.
- The crane, hoping to eat dried fish when the sea dries up, wasted away in expectancy.
- An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. - from Mahatma Gandhi
- Those who live in houses are proud, but there is a God even for those who live in huts.
- Where there is love there is life. - from Mahatma Gandhi
- He who knows but little presently outs with it.
- A little truth helps the lie go down.
- He who never boasts is esteemed at a third more than his value.
- The second word makes the fray.
- From poverty to profusion is a hard journey, but the way back is easy.
- Fall seven times, stand up the eighth time.
- Happiness rarely keeps company with an empty stomach.
- Learning without wisdom is a load of books on an ass's back.
- The biggest of serpents has no terrors for the eagle.
- Cold rice and cold tea are bearable, but cold looks and cold words are not.
- When one has no needle, thread is of little use.
- What fell off the cart is [as good as] gone.
- Talking is easy, action is difficult.
- Wine has two defects: if you add water to it , you ruin it; if you don't add water, it ruins you.
- It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bull ring.
- Don't cross the stream to find water.
- The fields are ever frozen for lazy pigs.
- An ear that doesn't heed to advice is chopped off together with the head.
- The death of a cow marks celebration to even a dying dog.
- You learn by looking and listening as opposed to talking.
That's why you have two ears, two eyes, and only one mouth.
- A tree is strong because of its roots.
Send an email if you are aware of another proverb that is suitable for inclusion.