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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

 

 

 

 

100 Quotes by Socrates That are Full of Wisdom

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  • 1 – A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
  • 2 – All I know is that I do not know anything.
  • 3 – All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
  • 4 – An unconsidered life is not one worth living.
  • 5 – Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul ?
  • 6 – Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul ?
  • 7 – As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don’t know what justice is, I’ll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.
  • 8 – As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
  • 9 – Be as you wish to seem.
  • 10 – Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

 

  • 11 – Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.
  • 12 – Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
  • 13 – Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.
  • 14 – Be true to thine own self.
  • 15 – Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
  • 16 – Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
  • 17 – By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
  • 18 – Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.
  • 19 – Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
  • 20 – Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

 

  • 21 – Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
  • 22 – Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
  • 23 – Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
  • 24 – Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
  • 25 – Every action has its pleasures and its price.
  • 26 – From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
  • 27 – Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.
  • 28 – He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.
  • 29 – He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
  • 30 – He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

 

  • 31 – He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
  • 32 – How many things can I do without ?
  • 33 – I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
  • 34 – I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
  • 35 – I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
  • 36 – I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.
  • 37 – I only know that I know nothing.
  • 38 – I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
  • 39 – If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.
  • 40 – If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.

 

  • 41 – In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.
  • 42 – Is it true; is it kind, or is it necessary ?
  • 43 – It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.
  • 44 – Know thyself.
  • 45 – Let him who would move the world first move himself.

  • 46 – Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
  • 47 – Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.
  • 48 – May the inward and outward man be as one.
  • 49 – My advice to you is get married : if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.
  • 50 – My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.

 

  • 51 – My plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.
  • 52 – No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
  • 53 – Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
  • 54 – Now the hour to part has come. I go to die, you go to live. Which of us goes to the better lot is known to no one, except the god.
  • 55 – Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
  • 56 – One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.
  • 57 – One thing only I know, and is that I know nothing.
  • 58 – Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
  • 59 – Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
  • 60 – Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

 

  • 61 – Such as thy words are such will thine affections be esteemed and such as thine affections will be thy deeds and such as thy deeds will be thy life …
  • 62 – The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.
  • 63 – The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.
  • 64 – The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.
  • 65 – The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.
  • 66 – The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
  • 67 – The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.
  • 68 – The hottest love has the coldest end.
  • 69 – The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.
  • 70 – The mind is everything; what you think you become.

 

  • 71 – The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.
  • 72 – The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
  • 73 – The only thing I know is that I know nothing.
  • 74 – The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
  • 75 – The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.
  • 76 – The unexamined life is not worth living.
  • 77 – There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.
  • 78 – There is no solution; seek it lovingly.
  • 79 – There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
  • 80 – Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

 

  • 81 – Those who are hardest to love need it the most.
  • 82 – Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
  • 83 – Through your rags I see your vanity.
  • 84 – To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm to the soul.
  • 85 – To find yourself, think for yourself.
  • 86 – To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.
  • 87 – To move the world we must move ourselves.
  • 88 – True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
  • 89 – True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
  • 90 – Understanding a question is half an answer.

 

  • 91 – Virtue does not come from wealth, but. . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have. . . comes from virtue.
  • 92 – We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
  • 93 – Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.
  • 94 – Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state.
  • 95 – What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it’s supposed to be.
  • 96 – When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
  • 97 – When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.
  • 98 – Wisdom begins in wonder.
  • 99 – Wisdom is knowing you know nothing.
  • 100 – Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

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253 Famous Greek Proverbs

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  • 1. A beard signifies lice, not brains.
  • 2. A cat with gloves never catches mice.
  • 3. A different man, a different taste.
  • 4. A dove has no place amongst the crows.
  • 5. A drop of wisdom is better than a sea of gold.
  • 6. A drowning man takes hold of his own hair.
  • 7. A fat belly did not invent gun powder.
  • 8. A fox is not caught twice in the same snare.
  • 9. A gift, though small, is welcome.
  • 10. A goat thief came along and they put him in jail.

 

  • 11. A good bird begins chirping while in the egg.
  • 12. A lazy tailor finds his thread too long.
  • 13. A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.
  • 14. A lucky person is someone who plants pebbles and harvests potatoes.
  • 15. A mad bull is not to be tied up with a packthread.
  • 16. A man with a skinny wife is a deceitful man.
  • 17. A miser and a liar bargain quickly.
  • 18. A miser is ever in want.
  • 19. A poor man who takes a rich wife has a ruler, not a wife.
  • 20. A priest blesses his own bread first.

 

  • 21. A real scoundrel turned up and they took off their hats to him.
  • 22. A small evil may be a great good.
  • 23. A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.
  • 24. A stout bearded woman always bears something malicious.
  • 25. A thousand people cannot undress a naked person.
  • 26. A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.
  • 27. A wheel that turns gathers no rust.
  • 28. A woman prefers a man without money to money without a man.
  • 29. A word out of season may mar a whole lifetime.
  • 30. A young man should not marry yet, an old man not at all.

 

  • 31. Act quickly, think slowly.
  • 32. Add not fire to fire.
  • 33. Affairs sleep soundly when fortune is present.
  • 34. After the war, aid.
  • 35. Age brings experience, and a good mind wisdom.
  • 36. Alexander the Great was not very tall.
  • 37. Alexander the Great wasn’t tall.
  • 38. All receive advice. Only the wise profit from it.
  • 39. All things good to know are difficult to learn.
  • 40. An eagle’s old age is worth a sparrow’s youth.

 

  • 41. An iron rod bends while it is hot.
  • 42. An old cat likes young mice.
  • 43. An old enemy never becomes a friend.
  • 44. An open enemy is better than a false friend.
  • 45. Appear always what you are and a little less.
  • 46. Ask for advice but do what you think is best.
  • 47. Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant.
  • 48. Before you can score, you must first have a goal.
  • 49. Better a drop of wisdom than an ocean of gold.
  • 50. Better a sick body than an ignorant mind.

 

  • 51. Better the first of its kind than the last.
  • 52. Better the friend we can see than the money we cannot.
  • 53. Birth, ancestry, and that which you yourself have not achieved can hardly be called your own.
  • 54. Character is habit long continued.
  • 55. Curses are like chickens; they come home to roost.
  • 56. Death is never at a loss for occasions.
  • 57. Deeds are fruits, words are only leaves.
  • 58. Do not compare a fly with an elephant.
  • 59. Do not lean on a worm-eaten staff.
  • 60. Don’t keep any secrets of yourself from yourself.

 

  • 61. Don’t trouble a quiet snake.
  • 62. Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers.
  • 63. Eat beans for lunch and have no friends at the dinner table.
  • 64. Either remain quiet, or say things that improve the silence.
  • 65. Empty barrels and insignificant people always make the most noise.
  • 66. Endeavor to bear the ignorance of fortune with patience.
  • 67. Envy accomplishes nothing.
  • 68. Even from a foe a man may learn wisdom.
  • 69. Even from an enemy a man can learn wisdom.
  • 70. Every country is a fatherland.

 

  • 71. Every story can be told in different ways.
  • 72. Every tale can be told in a different way.
  • 73. Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
  • 74. First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
  • 75. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, prepare to die.
  • 76. For lazy people it is always party time.
  • 77. From a broken violin do not expect fine music.
  • 78. From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.
  • 79. Give me today and you may keep tomorrow.
  • 80. Good accounts make good friends.

 

  • 81. Gray hair is a sign of age, not of wisdom.
  • 82. Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom.
  • 83. Great abilities produce great vices as well as virtues.
  • 84. Great birth is a very poor dish at table.
  • 85. Greeks only agree with each other about going to the toilet.
  • 86. He who cannot bear misfortune is truly unfortunate.
  • 87. He who eats and drinks with the rich leaves the table hungry.
  • 88. He who has been angry becomes cool again.
  • 89. He who is born in jail loves jail.
  • 90. He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him.

 

  • 91. He who plunders with a little boat is a pirate; he who plunders with a fleet is a conqueror.
  • 92. He who respects his parents never dies.
  • 93. He who revealeth his secret maketh himself a slave.
  • 94. He who suffers much will know much.
  • 95. He who thinks the worst usually is right.
  • 96. He who wants to be happy must stay at home.
  • 97. He who would be happy should stay at home.
  • 98. I feel pain that envy is exchanged for beautiful deeds.
  • 99. I hate a jovial table companion with a good memory.
  • 100. I send thee myrrh, not that thou mayest be by it perfumed, but it perfumed by thee.

 

  • 101. If advice will not improve him, neither will the rod.
  • 102. If all men were just, there would be no need of valour.
  • 103. If all the bees made honey, there would be enough for even gypsies to eat.
  • 104. If deeds are wanting, all words appear mere vanity and emptiness.
  • 105. If it were not for hope, the heart would break.
  • 106. If you cannot catch a fish, do not blame the sea.
  • 107. If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society.
  • 108. If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.
  • 109. Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.
  • 110. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it.

 

  • 111. Ill beef ne’er made gude broo.
  • 112. Ill-timed laughter is a dangerous evil.
  • 113. In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.
  • 114. In business you need two Jews for one Greek, two Greeks for one Syrian and two Syrians for one Armenian.
  • 115. In hospitality, the chief thing is the good will.
  • 116. In the young, silence is better than speech.
  • 117. In times of difficulty, friendship is on trial.
  • 118. It is better in times of need to have a friend rather than money.
  • 119. It is better to be envied than pitied.
  • 120. It is easier to talk than to hold one’s tongue.

 

  • 121. It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
  • 122. It is not what they profess but what they practice that makes them good.
  • 123. It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man.
  • 124. Keep no secrets of thyself from thyself.
  • 125. Kindheartedness and honesty can be expected only from the poor.
  • 126. Kindness begets kindness.
  • 127. Know all and you will pardon all.
  • 128. Know yourself.
  • 129. Learn to obey before you command.
  • 130. Learn to walk before you run.

 

  • 131. Listen to that which is well said even if it is from the mouth of an enemy.
  • 132. Listen to valuable statements even if they come from your enemy’s mouth.
  • 133. Live today, forget the past.
  • 134. Man is the measure of all things.
  • 135. Many a pupil has gained more wealth than his master.
  • 136. Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.
  • 137. Many men, many minds.
  • 138. Men never moan over the opportunities lost to do good, only the opportunities to be bad.
  • 139. Men prone to tears are good.
  • 140. Men who have lost heart never yet won a trophy.

 

  • 141. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.
  • 142. Mountains are used to snow.
  • 143. My donkey is dead; let no more grass grow.
  • 144. Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue; to the end we should hear and see more than we speak.
  • 145. Neither promise wax to the saint, nor cakes to the child.
  • 146. Never consult a doctor who has never been ill himself.
  • 147. Never give a sword to a fool or power to an unjust man.
  • 148. No mill, no meal.
  • 149. No need to teach an eagle to fly.
  • 150. No one loathes the smell of himself.

 

  • 151. Not speech, but facts, convince.
  • 152. Nothing in excess.
  • 153. Nothing is so reckless as a blind horse.
  • 154. Nothing will content him who is not content with a little.
  • 155. Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults.
  • 156. Old age and poverty are wounds that can’t be healed.
  • 157. Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.
  • 158. Old men are twice children.
  • 159. One hand washes the other and both wash the face.
  • 160. One minute of patience can mean ten years of peace.

 

  • 161. One minute of patience, ten years of peace.
  • 162. One witness one liar; more witnesses, all liars.
  • 163. One word spoken in anger may spoil an entire life.
  • 164. Other days, other ways.
  • 165. Outside a sheep, inside a wolf.
  • 166. Painless poverty is better than embittered wealth.
  • 167. Pleasure is the greatest incentive to vice.
  • 168. Pleasures are transient — honors immortal.
  • 169. Pleasures are transient, honors are immortal.
  • 170. Poor men’s words have little weight.

 

  • 171. Proportion your expenses to what you have, not what you expect.
  • 172. Remorse is worse than a beating.
  • 173. Sharing the figs can leave you with none at all.
  • 174. She who laughs not in the morning, laughs not at noon.
  • 175. Someone with an unrelenting heart is his own executioner.
  • 176. Sometimes you have to throw yourself into the fire to escape from the smoke.
  • 177. Son of a priest, grandson of the devil.
  • 178. Success has many friends.
  • 179. Success is doing what you like and making a living at it.
  • 180. Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.

 

  • 181. Sweet is the memory of past labor.
  • 182. Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
  • 183. Take a young woman for the pleasure of possessing her until she is old.
  • 184. Terrifying are the weaknesses of power.
  • 185. The beginning is the half of every action.
  • 186. The best fish hook cannot catch limp cheese.
  • 187. The excess of a virtue is a vice.
  • 188. The fly sat upon the axle of the chariot-wheel and said “What a lot of dust I raise!”
  • 189. The fox that waits until the chicken falls from the perch dies from hunger.
  • 190. The frog wanted to be an ox and swelled up until he burst.

 

  • 191. The grumbling mother-in-law forgets that she once was a bride.
  • 192. The heart that loves is always young.
  • 193. The house of envy lies in the lowest hollows, golden, sunless, breathed upon by no wind, grim and filled full of inert chill, and lacking warmth, is always roiled in fog.
  • 194. The knee is closer than the calf.
  • 195. The more the mother-in-law drinks the more friendly is her greeting.
  • 196. The net of the sleeper catches fish.
  • 197. The old age of an eagle is better than the youth of a sparrow.
  • 198. The people make the town.
  • 199. The rest of the world does not know what newlyweds know.
  • 200. The sins we often regret are the sins we never commit.

 

  • 201. The style is the man himself.
  • 202. The tongue has no bones, yet it breaks bones.
  • 203. The unknown is ever imagined.
  • 204. There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.
  • 205. They sowed the seed of an “if’ but it didn’t germinate.
  • 206. They throw stones at the walnut trees, but not at the maple.
  • 207. Think not on what you lack as much as on what you have.
  • 208. Think with the wise, but talk with the vulgar.
  • 209. Thinking evil is much the same as doing it.
  • 210. Those who fight with silver spears are sure of their victory.

 

  • 211. Time is a river of passing events — a rushing torrent.
  • 212. Time is the best adviser.
  • 213. To deceive a diplomat speak the truth, he has no experience with it.
  • 214. To have five drachmas in the hand is better than ten drachmas on paper.
  • 215. To rebel in season is not to rebel.
  • 216. Truth lies at the bottom of a well.
  • 217. Under every stone sleeps a scorpion.
  • 218. We became gravediggers but nobody dies anymore.
  • 219. We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and talk the less.
  • 220. We must endure what fortune sends.

 

  • 221. Welcome is the best cheer.
  • 222. What is good to know is difficult to learn.
  • 223. What is true is no more sure than the probable.
  • 224. Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn.
  • 225. Whatever kind of word thou speakest, the like shalt thou bear.
  • 226. When at a loss how to go on, cough.
  • 227. When God throws the dice are loaded.
  • 228. When God throws the dice, they are loaded.
  • 229. When the devil grows poor he becomes a tax collector.
  • 230. When the fox cannot reach the grapes he says they are not ripe.

 

  • 231. When the gods are angry with a man, they give him what he asks for.
  • 232. When you go to bed with a clear head, you will not get up with a headache.
  • 233. Where there is a sea there are pirates.
  • 234. Where there is love there is no darkness.
  • 235. Who ceases to be a friend never was one.
  • 236. Who hunts two hares will catch neither.
  • 237. Who wouldn’t lick his fingers when they have been dipped in honey?
  • 238. Whoever feeds the wolf in the winter will be eaten by him in the spring.
  • 239. Without a general an army is lost.
  • 240. Women are as changeable as the sea.

 

  • 241. Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
  • 242. Wonders will never cease.
  • 243. You can tell who the good seamen are during a storm.
  • 244. You can’t hide behind your finger.
  • 245. You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.
  • 246. You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.
  • 247. You easily forget the eyes that don’t see you any more.
  • 248. You have to put a young girl onto an old man.
  • 249. You know who the good seamen are when the storm comes.
  • 250. You learn to limp if you live with cripples.

 

  • 251. You must keep quiet or say only things that improve silence.
  • 252. You will break the bow if you keep it always bent.
  • 253. Young wood makes a hot fire.

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101 Native American Proverbs

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1 – Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. – Hopi

2 – Day and night cannot dwell together. – Duwamish

3 – It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. – Apache

4 – They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. – Tuscarora

5 – All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. – Arapaho

6 – Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand. – Tribe Unknown

7 – Before eating, always take time to thank the food. – Arapaho

8 – When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. – Arapaho

9 – If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. – Arapaho

10 – Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves. – Assiniboine

11 –  Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. – Blackfoot

12 – In age, talk ; in childhood, tears. – Hopi

13 – We always return to our first loves. – Tribe Unknown

14 – What is life ? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. – Blackfoot

15 – When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. – Cherokee

16 – Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river. – Tuscarora

17 – The weakness of the enemy makes our strength. – Cherokee

18 – When the white man discovered this country, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, women did all the work. White man thought he could improve on a system like this. – Cherokee

19 – A good soldier is a poor scout. – Cheyenne

20 –  Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. – Sioux

21 – We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota

22 – Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. – Cheyenne

23 – There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnakes tail. – Navajo

24 – Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. – Lakota

25 – Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne

26 – Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something. – Maricopa

27 – All who have died are equal. –  Comanche

28 –  Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator. – Mohawk

29 – One rain does not make a crop. – Creole

30 – Man’s law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same. – Crow

31 –  What the people believe is true. – Anishinabe

32 – You already possess everything necessary to become great. – Crow

33 – There is no death, only a change of worlds. – Duwamish

34 –  Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. – Blackfoot

35 –  You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. – Navajo

36 –  It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest. – Anishinabe

37 – One finger cannot lift a pebble. –  Hopi

38 –  Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark. – Cheyenne

39 – All dreams spin out from the same web. – Hopi

40 – He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. – Seneca

41 – Even a small mouse has anger. – Tribe Unknown

42 – If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. – Cheyenne

43 – Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. – Tribe Unknown

44 –  The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things. – Hopi

45 – Walk lightly in the spring ;  Mother Earth is pregnant. – Kiowa

46 – When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. – Lakota

47 – Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it. – Crow

48 – Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand. – Lakota

49 – Everything the power does, it does in a circle. – Lakota

50 – A brave man dies but once, a coward many times. – Tribe Unknown.

51 – A man or woman with many children has many homes. – Lakota Sioux 

52 – Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. – Lumbee

53 – If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. – Minquass

54 – A good chief gives, he does not take. – Mohawk

55 – Coyote is always out there waiting, and Coyote is always hungry. – Navajo

56 – Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water. – Tribe Unknown

57 – Every animal knows more than you do. – Nez Perce

58 – To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature. – Oglala Sioux

59 – When a fox walks lame, the old rabbit jumps. – Oklahoma

60 – A starving man will eat with the wolf. – Oklahoma

61 – A danger foreseen is half-avoided. – Cheyenne

62 – The coward shoots with shut eyes. – Oklahoma

63 – It is easy to be brave from a distance. – Omaha

64 – The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry. – Omaha

65 – Ask questions from you heart and you will be answered from the heart. – Omaha

66 – A hungry stomach makes a short prayer. – Paiute

67 – Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself. – Pima

68 – Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed. – Plains

69 – Cherish youth, but trust old age. – Pueblo

70 – Sharing and giving are the ways of God. – Sauk

71 – We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky. – Shawnee

72 – Each person is his own judge. – Shawnee

73 – We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth. – Shenandoah

74 – It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace. – Shenandoah

75 – There are many good moccasin tracks along the trail of a straight arrow. – Sioux

76 – A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax. – Navajo

77 – With all things and in all things, we are relatives. – Sioux

78 – The one who tells the stories rules the world. – Hopi

79 – The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. – Sioux

80 – A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass. – Sioux

81 – The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs. – Southwest

82 – Regard Heaven as your father, Earth as your Mother and all things as your Brothers and Sisters.  – Tribe Unknown

83 – Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand. – Tribe Unknown

84 – White men have too many chiefs. – Nez Perce

85 – If a man is to do something more than human, he must have more than human powers. – Tribe Unknown

86 – The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears. – Tribe Unknown

87 – Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you. – Hopi

88 – Not every sweet root gives birth to sweet grass. – Tribe Unknown

89 – Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. – Arapaho

90 – It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. – Tribe Unknown

91 – Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Cherokee

92 – No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning. – Tribe Unknown

93 – Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf. – Tribe Unknown

94 – Man has responsibility, not power. – Tuscarora

95 – The rain falls on the just and the unjust. – Hopi

96 – Each bird loves to hear himself sing. – Arapaho

97 – The way of the troublemaker is thorny. – Umpqua

98 – God gives us each a song. – Ute

99 – A man must make his own arrows. – Winnebago

100 – After dark all cats are leopards. – Zuni

101 – When you die, you will be spoken of as those in the sky, like the stars. – Yurok

 

 

 

20 Wise Chinese Proverbs, Sayings and Quotes

Chinese Proverb

1 – A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

2 – A book holds a house of gold.

3 – A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

4 – A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

5 – A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

6 – A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

7 – A gem will be polished without carving and polishing, nor a man perfected without trials.

8 – Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

9 – Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubt, little wisdom.

10 – When you drink the water, remember the spring.

11 – A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.

12 – If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.

13 – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

14 – Dig the well before you are thirsty.

15 – Each generation will reap when the former generation has sown. To enjoy the benefits of the hard work of one’s predecessors.

16 – Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

17 – If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

18 – Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

19 – Studying is like rowing upstream : no advance is to drop back.

20 – If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

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