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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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Fran Lebowitz Quotations

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Twenty-four hour room service generally refers to the length of time that it takes for the club sandwich to arrive.
– Fran Lebowitz

All God’s children are not beautiful. Most of God’s children are, in fact, barely presentable.
– Fran Lebowitz

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.
– Fran Lebowitz

Bread that must be sliced with an axe is bread that is too nourishing.
– Fran Lebowitz

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.
– Fran Lebowitz

Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.
– Fran Lebowitz

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.
– Fran Lebowitz

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Groucho Marx Quotations

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Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?
– Groucho Marx

Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun!
– Groucho Marx

Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
– Groucho Marx

I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
– Groucho Marx

I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception.
– Groucho Marx

She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
– Groucho Marx

Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.
– Groucho Marx

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.
– Groucho Marx

A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five.
– Groucho Marx

A man is as old as the woman he feels.
– Groucho Marx

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Quotations about Marriage

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Marriage is like a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest.
– Irwin Corey

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
– Benjamin Franklin

The trouble with wedlock is that there’s not enough wed and too much lock.
– Christopher Morley

A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.
– Zsa Zsa Gabor

My advice to girls: first, don’t smoke – to excess; second, don’t drink – to excess; third, don’t marry – to excess.
– Mark Twain

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
– Stephen Leacock

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Quotations about Dogs

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My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.
– Rita Rudner

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.
– Arnold Toynbee

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
– Robert Benchley

Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend, and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you.
– Mary Bly

Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about little puppies.
– Gene Hill

In dog years I’m dead.
– Unknown

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.
– Dave Barry

I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl.
– Penny Ward Moser

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotations

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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the hardest task in the world? To think.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is no use to preach to me from without. I can do that too easily myself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hate quotations.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am ashamed to see what a shallow village tale our so-called history is.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is wanted, and no man is wanted much.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sum of wisdom is, that the time is never lost that is devoted to work.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I look on that man as happy, who, when there is a question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Josh Billings Quotations

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The trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so.
– Josh Billings

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
– Josh Billings

There is gravity in wisdom, but no particular wisdom in gravity.
– Josh Billings

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.
– Josh Billings

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
– Josh Billings

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
– Josh Billings

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
– Josh Billings

A learned fool is one who has read everything, and simply remembered it.
– Josh Billings

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
– Josh Billings

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
– Josh Billings

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George Bernard Shaw Quotations

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The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
– George Bernard Shaw

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!
– George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.
– George Bernard Shaw

A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
– George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
– George Bernard Shaw

Fashions are induced epidemics.
– George Bernard Shaw

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Quotations about Cats

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Dogs come when they are called. Cats take a message and get back to you later.
– Mary Bly

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

Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
– Oliver Herford

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
– Jeff Valdez

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
– Steven Wright

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
– Sir Julian Huxley

Cat: a soft indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
– Ambrose Bierce

I do not know what the cat can have eaten. Usually I know exactly what the cat has eaten. Not only have I fed it to the cat, at the cat’s insistence, but the cat has thrown it up on the rug, and someone has tracked it all the was over on to the other rug. I do not know why cats are such habitual vomiters. They do not seem to enjoy it, judging by the sounds they make while doing it. It’s their nature. A dog is going to bark. A cat is going to vomit.
– Roy Blount Jr.

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Ambrose Bierce Quotations

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Note: I’ve got quite a bit of The Devil’s Dictionary included here.

More on Ambrose Bierce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce.

A bird in the hand is worth what it will bring.
– Ambrose Bierce

A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.
– Ambrose Bierce

A cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
– Ambrose Bierce

A man is known by the company that he organizes.
– Ambrose Bierce

A penny saved is a penny to squander.
– Ambrose Bierce

Prejudice, n. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
– Ambrose Bierce

Prehistoric, adj. Belonging to an early period and a museum. Antedating the art and practice of perpetuating falsehood.
– Ambrose Bierce

Quoting, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
– Ambrose Bierce

Specialist, n. One who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.
– Ambrose Bierce

Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.
– Ambrose Bierce

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