proverbs

Proverbs

I’ve been collecting proverbs for years and figured I’d put my collection online for others to use as they wish. I’m adding country, language and or ethnic origins over time so the list will be updated with that information. Enjoy these proverbs, use the comment form to share any you don’t find here.

More on proverbs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverb

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
– Japanese Proverb

If triangles had a God, He’d have three sides.
– Yiddish proverb

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
– American Proverb (U.S. Army Corp of Engineers)

Molasses catches more flies than vinegar.
– Italian Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
– Arab Proverb

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
– American Proverb (Benjamin Franklin)

Experience is a comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
– Belgian Proverb

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.
– Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
– Chinese Proverb (Lao Tzu)

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
– Chinese Proverb

If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum.
– Chinese Proverb

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

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
– American Proverb (Billy Graham)

Too clever is dumb.
– American Proverb (Ogden Nash)

Charity sees the need, not the cause.
– German Proverb

Do not insult the mother alligator until after you have crossed the river.
– Haitian Proverb

A dog is a dog unless he is facing you; then he is Mr. Dog.
– Haitian Proverb

When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
– Hindu Proverb

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
– Hungarian Proverb

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
– Indian Proverb

It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
– Irish Proverb

Love kills time. Time kills love.
– Proverb

Bed is the poor man’s opera.
– Italian Proverb

The reverse side also has a reverse side.
– Japanese Proverb

To teach is to learn.
– Japanese Proverb

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
– Japanese Proverb

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
– Jewish Proverb

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.
– Indian Proverb (Malabar)

No one can say of his house, “There is no trouble here.”
– Chinese Proverb

When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined.
– Persian Proverb

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