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48 Danish Proverbs

Stop and Smell the Roses


1 – A bird may be ever so small, it always seeks a nest of its own.

2 – A bold attempt is half success.

3 – A bold man has luck in his train.

4 – A child must creep until it learns to walk.

5 – A crowd is not company.

6 – A fool only wins the first game.

7 – A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.

8 – A good neighbor is better than a brother far off.

9 – A good pilot is not known when the sea is calm and the weather fair.

10 – A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

11 – A little stone may upset a large cart.

12 – A man’s character reaches town before his person.

13 – A penny in time is as good as a dollar.

14 – A short rest is always good.

15 – A slip of the foot may soon be recovered; but that of the tongue perhaps never.

16 – A willing helper does not wait until he is asked.

17 – Act honestly, and answer boldly.

18 – Advice after injury is like medicine after death.

19 – Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

20 – An old man’s sayings are seldom untrue.

21 – Another man’s burden is always light.

22 – Bad is never good until worse happens.

23 – Better a little furniture than an empty house.

24 – Better a little in peace and with right, than much with anxiety and strife.

25 – Better ask twice than lose your way once.

26 – Better half a loaf than none at all.

27 – Blame is the lazy man’s wages.

28 – Break one link and the whole chain falls apart.

29 – Faults are thick where love is thin.

30 – He that does not save pennies, will never have pounds.

31 – He that inquires much, learns much.

32 – It is best to be on the safe side.

33 – It is easy to manage when fortune favors.

34 – It is easy to sit at the helm in fine weather.

35 – “It will come back,” said the man, when he gave his sow pork.

36 – Keep your nose out of another’s mess.

37 – Kind words don’t wear out the tongue.

38 – Let deeds match words.

39 – Life begins at forty.

40 – Speaking silence is better than senseless speech.

41 – Speech is silver, but silence is golden.

42 – Speedy execution is the mother of good fortune.

43 – Stop and smell the roses.

44 – That which must be, will be.

45 – Where you cannot climb over, you must creep under.

46 – You can have too much of a good thing.

47 – You may always find an opportunity in your sleeve, if you like.

48 – You may force a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink.

Danish Proverb - Stop and Smell the Roses

18 Korean Proverbs

Korean Proverbs - Words have no wings

1 – A kitchen knife cannot carve its own handle.

2 – A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out.

3 – Anyone who goes hungry for three days will be inclined to steal.

4 – Carve a peg only after you have observed the hold.

5 – Cast no dirt into the well that gives you water.

6 – Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.

7 – Even children of the same mother look different.

8 – Even if the sky falls on you, there is a hole that you can escape from.

9 – Even if you encounter a stone bridge, tap it first before crossing.

10 – Man’s mind changes throughout the course of a day.

11 – One moment is worth more than a thousand gold pieces.

12 – Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.

13 – Put off for one day and ten days will pass.

14 – The deeper the waters are, the more still they run.

15 – The person who has many faults is usually the first to criticize others.

16 – The person who knows himself and his opponent will be invincible.

17 – To begin is to be half done.

18 – Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles.





















43 Japanese Proverbs

Japanese Proverb - Vision without action is a daydream

1 – A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.

2 – A round egg can be made square according to how you cut it; words would be harsh according to how you speak them.

3 – Adversity is the foundation of virtue.

4 – An ant hole may collapse en embankment.

5 – Art is the illusion of spontaneity.

6 – Beginning is easy – Continuing is hard.

7 – Better to be a crystal and to be broken, than to be a tile upon the housetop.

8 – Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.

9 – Do you need proof of God ? Does one light a torch to see the sun ?

10 – Everyone makes mistakes. That’s why there is an eraser on every pencil.

11 – Fall down seven times, get up eight.

12 – Fortune will call at the smiling gate.

13 – Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.

14 – If you make a mistake, don’t hesitate to correct it.

15 – If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.

16 – If you wait, there will come nectar – like fair weather.

17 – It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive disenchanted.

18 – It is the same life whether we spend it crying or laughing.

19 – Let what is past flow away downstream.

20 – Money grows on the tree of persistence.

21 – One cannot quarrel without an opponent.

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22 – One kind word can warm three winter months.

23 – One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.

24 – Proof rather than argument.

25 – Some people like to make of life a garden, and to walk only within its paths.

26 – Ten men, ten minds.

27 – The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.

28 – The inarticulate speak longest.

29 – The reverse side also has a reverse side.

30 – The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high.

31 – There are no national frontiers to learning.

32 – Time flies like an arrow.

33 – To endure what is unendurable is true endurance.

34 – Virtue is not knowing but doing.

35 – Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

36 – We are no more than candles burning in the wind.

37 – When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

38 – When you’re thirsty it’s too late to think about digging a well.

39 – Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.

40 – Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.

41 – With the first glass a man drinks wine, with the second glass the wine drinks the wine, with the third glass the wine drinks the man.

42 – Without oars, you cannot cross in a boat.

43 – You can know ten things by learning one.

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23 Irish Proverbs

Irish Proverb - Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom

1 – A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

2 – A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

3 – A questioning man is halfway to be being wise.

4 – A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

5 – A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught.

6 – Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.

7 – Every eye forms its own fancy.

8 – Every patient is a doctor after his cure.

9 – God made time, but man made haste.

10 – Humour, to a man, is like a feather pillow. It is filled with what is easy to get but gives great comfort.

11 – Idleness is a fool’s desire.

12 – It’s for her own good that the cat purrs.

13 – It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

14 – No time for health today, no health for your time tomorrow.

15 – Soft words butter no parsnips but they won’t harden the heart of the cabbage either.

16 – The fox never found a better messenger than himself.

17 – The longest road out is the shortest road home.

18 – The work praises the man.

19 – There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.

20 – There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught.

21 – There is no luck except where there is discipline.

22 – What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

23 – When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

Irish Proverb - A good laugh


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16 Scottish Proverbs

Scottish Proverb - Learn Young, Learn Fair; Learn Old, Learn More

1 – Be happy while you’re living. For you’re a long time dead.

2 – Be slow in choosing a friend but slower in changing him.

3 – Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.

4 – Better bend than break.

5 – Confessed faults are half mended.

6 – Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight.

7 – Get what you can and keep what you have; that’s the way to get rich.

8 – Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more.

9 – Luck never gives; it only lends.

10 – Never let your feet run faster than your shoes.

11 – Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.

12 – They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind.

13 – They that will not be counselled cannot be helped.

14 – What may be done at any time will be done at no time.

15 – When the heart is full the tongue will speak.

16 – Willful waste makes woeful want.

Scottish Proverb - Be Happy

21 Inspirational Russian Proverbs

Russian Proverb - A kind word is like a Spring Day

Inspirational Words of Wisdom

1 – A kind word is like a Spring day.

2 – A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.

3 – A small leak will sink a great ship.

4 – Acknowledgement is half of correction.

5 – Do not make an elephant out of a fly.

6 – Every road has two directions.

7 – Every seed knows its time.

8 – Failure teaches you more than success.

9 –  Gossip needs no carriage.

10 – He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne.

11 – If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt.

12 – If you don’t have time to do it right now your must have time to do it over.

13 – One does not wash one’s dirty linen in public.

14 – Praise loudly, blame softly.

15 – Success and rest don’t sleep together.

16 – Take time to smell the roses.

17 – Take the bull by the horns.

18 – The calmer you go, the further along you will be.

19 – You cannot break through a wall with your forehead.

20 – You don’t get something for nothing.

21 – Water does not run under a lying stone.

Russian Proverb - Every road has two directions





Anton Chekhov Bibliography

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: “Medicine is my lawful wife”, he once said, “and literature is my mistress.” He wrote 201 short stories.

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Short Stories


Anton Chekhov Novels






  • A Journey to Sakhalin (1895), including:

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Alexander Pushkin Bibliography

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 – 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature

Alexander Pushkin Poems, Proses and Plays

Narrative poems

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Fairy tales in verse

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Fyodor Dostoevsky Bibliography

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.

Fyodor Dostoevsky - Major Works

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Novels and novellas


Short stories


Essay collections

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Leo Tolstoy Bibliography

List of works by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910), including his novels, short stories, plays and non-fiction.

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  • Childhood (Детство [Detstvo], 1852) – Volume 1 of ‘Autobiographical Trilogy’
  • Boyhood (Отрочество [Otrochestvo], 1854) – Volume 2 of ‘Autobiographical Trilogy’
  • Youth (Юность [Yunost’], 1856) – Volume 3 of ‘Autobiographical Trilogy’
  • The Cossacks (Казаки [Kazaki], 1863)
  • War and Peace (Война и мир [Voyna i mir], 1869)
  • Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина [Anna Karenina], 1877)
  • Resurrection (Воскресение [Voskresenie], 1899)


Short stories




Philosophical works

  • A Confession (1879) – Volume 1 of an untitled four-part work[1]
  • A Criticism of Dogmatic Theology (1880) – Volume 2 of an untitled four-part work
  • The Gospel in Brief, or A Short Exposition of the Gospel (1881)
  • The Four Gospel Unified and Translated (1881) – Volume 3 of an untitled four-part work
  • Church and State (1882)
  • What I Believe (also called My Religion) (1884) – Volume 4 of an untitled four-part work
  • What Is to Be Done? (also translated as What Then Must We Do?) (1886)
  • On Life (1887)
  • The Love of God and of One’s Neighbour (1889)
  • Supplementary essay for Timofei Bondarev‘s The Triumph of the Farmer or Industry and Parasitism (1888)
  • Why Do Men Intoxicate Themselves? (1890)
  • The First Step: on vegetarianism (1892)[2]
  • The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1893)
  • Non-Activity (1893)
  • The Meaning of Refusal of Military Service (1893)
  • Reason and Religion (1894)
  • Religion and Morality (1894)
  • Christianity and Patriotism (1894)
  • Non-Resistance: letter to Ernest H. Crospy (1896)
  • How to Read the Gospels (1896)
  • The Deception of the Church (1896)
  • Letter to the Liberals[3] (1898)
  • Christian Teaching (1898)
  • On Suicide (1900)
  • The Slavery of Our Times (1900)
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill (1900)
  • Reply to the Holy Synod (1901)
  • The Only Way (1901)
  • On Religious Toleration (1901)
  • What Is Religion and What is its Essence? (1902)
  • To the Orthodox Clergy (1903)
  • Thoughts of Wise Men (compilation; 1904)
  • The Only Need (1905)
  • The Grate Sin (1905)
  • A Cycle of Reading (compilation; 1906)
  • Do Not Kill (1906)
  • Love Each Other (1906)
  • An Appeal to Youth (1907)
  • The Law of Love and the Law of Violence (1908)[4]
  • The Only Command (1909)
  • A Calendar of Wisdom (Путь Жизни [Put’ Zhizni]; compilation; 1909)

Works on art and literature

  • The Works of Guy de Maupassant (1894)
  • What Is Art? (1897)
  • Art and Not Art (1897)
  • Shakespeare and the Drama (1909)

Pedagogical works

  • Articles from Tolstoy’s journal on education, “Yasnaya Polyana” (1861–1862)
  • A Primer (1872)
  • On Popular Instruction (1874)
  • A New Primer (1875)

War and Peace

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