Category Archives: Proverbs

34 Wonderfully Wise Jewish Sayings

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1 – Life’s not as good with money as it is bad without it.

2 – Adam was the first lucky man as he had no mother-in-law.

3 – If a problem can be solved with money, then it’s not a problem but a cost.

4 – God gave man two ears and one mouth, so listen more and talk less.

5 – May God protect you from bad people, and save yourself from good ones!

6 – Any Jew knows what’s better.

7 – God cannot be everywhere at once, that’s why He created mothers.

8 – Be not sweet, or else you’ll be eaten. Be not bitter, or else you’ll be spat out.

9 – Fear a goat in front of you, a horse behind you, and a fool all around.

10 – A guest and a fish start reeking on the third day.

11 – Knowledge does not take much space.

12 – Better a Jew without a beard than a beard without a Jew.

13 – A man should live at least for curiosity.

14 – A deaf man heard a dumb man recount that a blind man saw a lame one run very fast.

15 – God protect the poor — at least from expensive sins.

16 – If charity was worth nothing, everyone would be philanthropists.

17 – When an old maiden marries, she becomes a young wife.

18 – Parents teach their children to talk; children teach their parents silence.

19 – All people are good from afar.

20 – Eggs may be much cleverer than chickens, but they go rotten too quickly.

21 – Keeping good silence is harder than talking good.

22 – A bad partner is worse than rain — the latter makes you go home, while the former makes you go outside.

23 – The world will not disappear because there are many people, but because there are too many non-people.

24 – God help me rise to my feet; a fall is what I can do myself.

25 – If life doesn’t change for the better, wait, and it will change for the worse.

26 – However sweet love may be, you can’t make a stew out of it.

27 – When people have nothing to do, they take up great deeds.

28 – Choosing between two evils, a pessimist picks both.

29 – Everyone complains about a lack of money, but none complain about a lack of brains.

30 – Who doesn’t have children brings them up best.

31 – It’s better to die of laughter than of fear.

32 – Experience is the word people use to call their mistakes.

33 – Being gray of hair means you’re simply old, not wise.

34 – Growing old, man’s sight worsens, but this allows him to see more.

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24 Czech Proverbs

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1 – A word spoken is past recalling.

2 – An apple does not fall far from the tree.

3 – An early bird will hop farther.

4 – Anger is a bad adviser.

5 – As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

6 – As you sow, so shall you reap.

7 – Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

8 – Don’t extinguish what isn’t burning you.

9 – Even small fish are fish.

10 – Every cat is black at night.

11 – Good advice is better than gold.

12 – He who digs a hole for someone, will fall in it himself.

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13 – He who is not lazy shall get much green.

14 – He who looks, finds.

15 – Measure twice, cut once.

16 – Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

17 – Patience brings roses.

18 – Repetition is the mother of wisdom.

19 – Speaking is silver, silence is gold.

20 – The morning is wiser than the evening.

21 – There are no cakes without work.

22 – What have you learned young you’ll find useful in the old.

23 – What’s at home, counts.

24 – When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.


Czech Proverb

40 Spanish Proverbs

Home Is Where The Heart Is

1 – A fifth wheel to a cart is but an encumbrance.

2 – A good heart breaks bad fortune.

3 – A good listener is a silent flatterer.

4 – A good word extinguishes more than a pail full of water.

5 – A tired person can sleep anywhere.

6 – A wise man changes his mind, a fool never.

7 – Charity well regulated begins at home.

8 – Compare your grief’s with other men’s and they will seem less.

9 – Deeds are love, and not fine phrases.

10 – During a bad time, a nice face.

11 – For a good appetite there is no hard bread.

12 – He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.

13 – He who is caught in a lie is not believed when he tells the truth.

14 – Home is where the heart is.

15 – If there be no remedy, why worry ?

16 – If you play with fire you get burnt.

17 – If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.

18 – If you wish to be well served, serve yourself.

19 – Little and often fills the purse.

20 – Little by little one goes far.

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21 – Little strokes fell great oaks.

22 – Luck comes to those who look after it.

23 – Never spend your money before you have it.

24 – Of all pains, the greatest pain, is to love, but love in vain.

25 – The buyer has need of a hundred eyes. The seller but one.

26 – The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.

27 – The wise man does not hang his knowledge on a hook.

28 – There’s no making a good cloak of bad cloth.

29 – Things often happen when you least expect them to.

30 – To the grateful man give more than he asks.

31 – Today is yesterday’s pupil.

32 – Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

33 – Tomorrow will be another day.

34 – Truths and roses have thorns about them.

35 – We’ll just have to make do.

36 – We do not know what is good until we have lost it.

37 – Who talks much, errs much.

38 – Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

39 – Wounds heal, but not ill words.

40 – You have to make the most of the chances that come your way.

Luck comes to those who look after it

14 Welsh Proverbs

Welsh Proverbs


1 – A warm January; a cold May.

2 – A watched clock never tells the time.

3 – A willful fault has no excuse, and deserves no pardon.

4 – Adversity and loss make a man wise.

5 – Adversity comes with instruction in his hand.

6 – Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.

7 – Conscience is the nest where all good is hatched.

8 – He understands badly who listens badly.

9 – If every man would sweep his own door-step the city would soon be clean.

10 – The advice of the aged will not mislead you.

11 – The best candle is understanding.

12 – Three things give us hardy strength : sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food.

13 – Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.

14 – Your hand is never the worse for doing its own work.


Welsh Proverb - Adversity and Loss make a Man Wise

28 Yiddish Proverbs

Yiddish Proverb about dream

1 – A chip off the old block.

2 – A fool says what he knows, and a wise man knows what he says.

3 – A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.

4 – A penny saved is a penny earned.

5 – Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes.

6 – Better a steady dime than a rare dollar.

7 – Better ask ten times than go astray once.

8 – Charm is more than beauty.

9 – Confidence is half of victory.

10 – Gold will never get rusty.

11 – Had you gotten up early, you wouldn’t have needed to stay up late.

12 – He that can’t endure the bad, will not live to see the good.

13 – If a link is broken, the whole chain breaks.

14 – If each one sweeps before his own door, the whole street is clean.


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15 – If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are.

16 – If you can – do !

17 – If you ever need a helping hand you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

18 – If you want your dreams to come true, don’t sleep.

19 – If your healthy, your wealthy.

20 – Interest on debts grow without rain.

21 – Make new friends, but don’t forget the old ones.

22 – Money doesn’t grow on trees.

23 – Seek advice but use your own common sense.

24 – Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.

25 – The smoothest way is full of stones.

26 – The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.

27 – Time and words can’t be recalled, even if it was only yesterday.

28 – Words should be weighed, not counted.

Hebrew Proverb - Confidence is half the victory

35 Italian Proverbs

Italian Proverb - Better on day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep

1 – A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

2 – A favor to come is better than a hundred received.

3 – A fool and his money are soon parted.

4 – A forced kindness deserves no thanks.

5 – Anger can be an expensive luxury.

6 – Barking dogs don’t bite.

7 – Better an egg today than a chicken tomorrow.

8 – Better give a penny then lend twenty.

9 – Better one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.

10 – Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.

11 – Don’t judge a book by its cover.

12 – Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

13 – Every rule has an exception.

14 – Give neither counsel nor salt till your are asked for it.

15 – Give time time.

16 – He who begins many things finishes but few.

17 – He who does not when he can, cannot when he will.

18 – He who does nothing, does not fail.

19 – He who finds a friend, finds a treasure.

20 – He who starts well is half way done.

21 – Necessity becomes will.

22 – One who sleeps doesn’t catch fish.

23 – People in glass houses should not throw stones.

24 – Silence gives consent.

25 – Silence was never written down.

26 – The habit doesn’t make a monk.

27 – The liar needs a good memory.

28 – There are not two without three.

29 – There is no appeal from time past.

30 – Time is money.

31 – To each his own.

32 – Trouble rides a fast horse.

33 – Who moves, picks up, who stands still, dries up.

34 – Who offends writes on sand; who is offended, on marble.

35 – Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.


Italian Proverb - He who finds a friend, finds a treasure

21 Turkish Proverbs

Turkish Proverb - No matter how far down the wrong road you've gone, turn back

1 – A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not.

2 – A lake forms drop by drop.

3 – A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.

4 – A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.

5 – Abundance is from activity.

6 – Good actions are never lost.

7 – Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.

8 – He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.

9 – If and When were planted and Nothing grew.

10 – It is not disgraceful to ask, it is disgraceful not to ask.

11 – Kind words will unlock an iron door.

12 – No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.

13 – Patience is the key to paradise.

14 – There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

15 – Today’s egg is better than tomorrow’s hen.

16 – Tomorrow is another day.

17 – Two captains sink the ship.

18 – Two heads are better than one.

19 – Who gossips to you will gossip about you.

20 – Wish well, be well.

21 – You harvest what you sow.


Turkish Proverb - Patience is the Key to Paradise