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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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