Genesis 12:2 The Lord said "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you."

Lao Tzu - "Give A Man A Fish, Feed Him For A Day. 
Teach A Man To Fish, Feed Him For A Lifetime"
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Back in ancient Chinese times, sometime between the 4th and 6th century BC, Lao Tzu was the founder of taoism, the mystical 'way' or 'path' that many have followed since.

And with him came the many sayings for which he is renowned.

One of the best known is the one quoted above, "Give a man a fish; feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime", which has a wonderful analogy with the modern world of management today.

The metaphor of feeding someone and that sufficing to get them through one day, and one day alone shows that people can only be helped so far. If we help them and do things for them all the time, then they rely on us, which is not only unhealthy for their development of skills, but also potentially dangerous, if we are not there to help them one day, their very future is at risk.

The principle whereby we rely totally on the support, guidance and even nurturing of someone else, for too long a period, is typical of many modern management environments. The old-style 'command and control' management processes lead to employees only being required or even able to do what they were told, which puts great pressure on those doing the telling.

Not only that, but where employees are not provided with stimulating work and aren't asked to challenge themselves mentally, this often leads to demotivation and then higher absence rates, as well as employee turnover that such boredom precipitates.

Lack of stimulation=boredom=frustration=leave to find something else.

Let's look at the flip side, where we 'teach a man to fish'. Not only does the man become self-sufficient and be able to survive without being provided for, but he has a sense of achievement and fulfillment. How good does an angler feel as he pulls a fish from the water?

Much better than when one is placed generously in front of him, merely to eat. Sure it may be good, for a while, to be provided for, but human psyche is bigger than that in a healthy human being. People need to be valued for who they are.

So - we 'teach them to fish'. In the workplace, by teaching out people new skills, we validate them for who they are and the contribution they are able to make. They know they are useful and valued and with this confidence they do more. They learn that to stretch themselves is good. That they have within themselves untapped resources which show off the potential they have always had, now released.

Indeed 'teaching them to fish' realizes not just the material potential they have, but catalyses even bigger capabilities in them. Their development muscle has been stretched and exercised, so it becomes bigger and more capable.

The business upside for 'teaching our people to fish'? Well, managers are able to offload some of their tactical workload to others who relish the opportunity. This frees managers to do more with more of their people.

A workplace environment that becomes the breeding ground for capable, committed and excited employees, straining at the leash to do more. Managers enable their business to become a developmental mixing bowl of ideas and capability like nothing before.

In a business world where the embodiment of excellent management is an operation that works at least as well (and sometimes better!), when the manager is absent is to be acknowledged as the purest quality.

And with that level of capability developed, all because the manager taught his people 'how to fish', business thrives.

How Lao Tzu would smile if he saw how his little saying was as important, in the hurly-burly of the business world today, as it was all those years ago!
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Some other interesting Proverbs and Saying here....


Explanation / Meaning


 Absence makes the heart grow fonder.   When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more.
   Accidents will happen.   Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable.
   Actions speak louder than words.   What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do.
   Advice is cheap.  
   Advice is least heeded when most needed.   When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.
   Advisers run no risks.  
   All cats are grey in the dark.  People are undistinguished until they have made a name.
   All that glitters is not gold.   Appearances can be deceptive.
   All days are short to Industry and long to Idleness.   Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do.
   All is fair in love and war   Things that are done  in love or war can often be excused.
   All's well that ends well   There is a solution to everything even though there are doubts.
   All things grow with time - except grief.   As time goes by, grief subsides little by little.
   All things are difficult before they are easy.  
   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.   Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation.  It is not good to work all
  the time.


 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.*   Eating an apple every day can help to keep you healthy.
  Other interpretation : A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems.
   An empty purse frightens away friends.

  When one's financial situation deteriorates,  friends tend to disappear.

   An Englishman's home is his castle.   An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe,  enjoys privacy
  and can do as he wishes.
   An idle brain is the devil's workshop.   When you work you avoid temptation.
   An onion a day keeps everyone away.*  
   An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.   It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or
  cure the disease later.
   April showers bring May flowers.  
   A bad tree does not yield good apples.  
   A bad workman blames his tools.   Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.
   A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.   It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something better.
   A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be
  Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.
   A burden of one's own choice is not felt.   Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.
   A burnt  child dreads the fire.   A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.
   A cat has nine lives.   1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury.
  2) Three lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.
   A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.  The strength of a group depends on each individual member.
   A change is as good as a rest.  
   A dry March, a wet April and a cool May
    fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
   A fault confessed is half redressed.   Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.
   A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted.   A foolish person usually spends money carelessly.
   A friend in need is a friend indeed.   Someone who helps you when you are in trouble.
   A friend to all is a friend to none.   Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.
   A good beginning makes a good end.

  If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be done well.

   A good conscience is a soft pillow.   You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about.
   A guilty conscience needs no accuser.  
   A leopard cannot change its spots.   It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.
   A loaded wagon makes no noise.   Really wealthy don't talk about money.
   A loveless life is a living death.  
   A man can die but once.  
   A man is as old as he feels himself to be.


   A man is known by the company he keeps.   A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend
  their time.
   A rising tide lifts all boats.  Describes something that will be helpful to all.
   A rolling stone gathers no moss.   If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor
  Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!
   A rotten apple spoils the barrel.   A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.
   A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.   Overcoming adversity leads to competence.
   A stitch in time saves nine.   It's better to deal with a  problem at an early stage, to prevent it from getting
   A stumble may prevent a fall.   Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.
   A swallow does not make the summer.   One good event does not mean that everything is alright.
   A tree is known by its fruit.   A man is judged by his actions.
   A young idler, an old beggar.  If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old.
   After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.  
 B  Bad news travels fast.

  People tend to circulate bad news (accidents, illness etc.) very quickly.

   Beauty is only skin deep.

  A person's character is more important than their appearance.

   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  Different people have different tastes.

   Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the
 beauty of men.


   Be swift to hear, slow to speak.

  Listen carefully before speaking.

   Better be alone than in bad company.

  Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with.

   Better flatter a fool than fight him.

  It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.

   Better the devil you know than the devil you don't

  It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
  with somebody worse.

   Better late than never.

  It's better to do something,  even if it's late,  than not do it at all.

   Better lose the saddle than the horse.

  It's better to stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing

   Better untaught than ill-taught   It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.
   Birds of a feather flock together.

  People of the same sort are usually found together.

   Blood is thicker than water     Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people.
   Blood will out.   A person's background or education will eventually show.
 C  Charity begins at home.   A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family.
   Children and fools tell the truth.  
   Cleanliness is next to godliness.  A clean body is just as important as a pure soul.
   Clear moon, frost soon.   If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form.
   Clothes don't make the man.   Appearances can be deceiving.
   Constant occupation prevents temptation.   When you work you avoid temptation.


 Dead men tell no tales   A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal.
   Diamond cuts diamond.   Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.
   Diligence is the mother of good fortune.   Hard work brings rewards.
   Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than
 those of the body.


   Distance makes the heart grow fonder.   When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.
   Dogs of the same street bark alike.

  People from the same background have the same behaviour.

   Don't bark if you can't bite.   Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view.
   Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.   You must not be too confident that something will be successful.
   Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.   Don't do something yourself which causes your own downfall.
   Don't judge a book by its cover.   Don't judge by appearances.


 Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy,
 wealthy and wise.
   Easier said than done.  What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it.
   Empty vessels make the most noise.  The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.
   Every man is the architect of his own fortune.  
   Every path has its puddle.  Progress is rarely without difficulty.
   Every why has a wherefore.  There is an explanation for everything.
   Everything in the garden is rosy.  Everything is satisfactory.
   Experience is the father of wisdom.

  Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.

 F  Facts speak louder than words.

  People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
  they say.

   Failure teaches success.  
   False friends are worse than open enemies.  
   Familiarity breeds contempt   Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them.
   Fool me once, shame on you;
 fool me twice, shame on me.
  One should learn from one's mistakes.
   Fools rush in where angels fear to tread   Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid
   Friendship is love with understanding.  
G  Give someone an inch and they will take a mile.  Give someone a little and they will want more - some people are never satisfied.
   Give someone enough rope and they will hang
 Give someone enough time and freedom and they will get into trouble.
   God helps those who help themselves.


   Good and quickly seldom meet.   A well-done job takes time.
   Good management is better than good income.  
   Great minds think alike.


   Great oaks grow from little acorns.   Large successful operations can begin in a small way.
   Grief divided is made lighter  
 H  Half a loaf is better than none.  You should be grateful for something, even if it's not as much as you wanted.
   Haste makes waste.   If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.
   Hatred is a blind as love.   A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates.
   He has enough who is content.  
   He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.  Knowledge leads us to make choices.
   He who pays the piper calls the tune.  The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent
   He who plays with fire gets burnt.

  If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems.

   He laughs best who laughs last.   Don't express your joy, or your triumph, too soon!
   Health is better than wealth.


   Home is where the heart is.   You call home the place where the people you love are.
   Honesty is the best policy.  
   Honey catches more flies than vinegar.   You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.


 In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.   You have many friends when you have no difficulties.
   If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will

  If you let something intrusive enter your life, your life will become difficult .

   If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good
 for hay nor grain.
   If you are patient in one moment of anger,
 you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.
   If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either
 If you try to do two things at the same time, you won't succeed in doing either of them.
   If you want a friend, be a friend.  
   Ignorance is bliss.   Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness.
   In for a penny, in for a pound.   If you start something, it's better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it.
   In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.  
   It never rains but it pours.   Misfortunes usually come in large numbers.
   It is always darkest before the dawn   The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved.
   It's no use crying over spilt milk.   Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied.
   It takes all sorts to make a world.   People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing.
 K  Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.


   Knowledge is power.  
   Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.   Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success.
   Kindness begets kindness.   If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you.


Explanation / Meaning


 Learn to walk before you run.  Don't rush into doing something until you know how to do it.
   Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner
  Education is something you keep forever.
   Let bygones be bygones.   Let's forgive and forget past quarrels.
   Liars need good memories.  
   Lightning never strikes in the same place twice   An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the same circumstances.
   Like father, like son.   A son's character can be expected to resemble his father's.
   Look before you leap.   Consider possible consequences before taking action.
   Loose lips sink ships.   Disclosing important information ( to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large
   Love is blind.   A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves.


 Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear  Manage to produce something good using poor material.
   Man is the head of the family;
 woman is the neck that turns the head.
   Man proposes, God disposes.  Our destiny depends on God's will.
   Manners make the man.  Possibly:  a person's manners show their origins.
   Many hands make light work.  Sharing work makes work easier.
   Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

 If you get married too quickly, you may spend all your life regretting it.

   Memory is the treasure of the mind.  
   Men make houses, women make homes.


   Might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb  If the penalty is going to be the same, you might as well commit the greater offence.
   Money begets money.  If you have money you can make more money.
   Money is the root of all evil.  Money is the main cause of wrongdoing and problems.


 Necessity is the mother of invention.   The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it.
   Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today   Don't postpone something you can do now.                                        
   Never say die.   Never give up.
   Nobody is perfect.  
   No man is an island.   We all need other people.
   No news is good news.   If the news was bad, we would hear of it.  Since we have heard nothing,
  we can assume that all is  well.
   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.   You cannot expect to achieve anything if you don't take risks.
 O  Once bitten, twice shy.   After an unpleasant experience, people are careful to avoid something similar.
   One good turn deserves another.   You should be helpful to someone who helps you.
   One of these days is none of these days.  'One of these days' remains vague.
   One today is worth two tomorrow.

  What you have today is better than what is promised or hoped for.

   One man's meat is another man's poison   People don't always like the same things.
   Only real friends will tell you when your face is
 Only a real friend will tell you the truth.
   Opportunity seldom knocks twice.   Don't miss opportunities that come along.
   Out of sight, out of mind.

 We tend to forget people who are absent.

 P  Penny wise, pound foolish.   Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but
  not careful about spending large amounts of money.
   People who live in glass houses should not throw
  One should not criticize others for faults similar to one's own.
   Practice makes perfect.

  Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it.

   Practise what you preach   Do yourself what you advise others to do.
   Prevention is better than cure

  It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the
  disease later.

   Pride comes before a fall.   Don't be too self-confident or proud; something may happen to make you look foolish.
   Procrastination is the thief of time   Delaying an action for too long is a waste of time.
   Put all your eggs in one basket   Risk everything by relying on one plan (by putting all one's money in one business).
 R  Revenge is sweet.  There is satisfaction in returning an injury.
   Rome was not built in a day.   It takes a long time to do a job properly.  You should not expect to do it quickly.


 Save me from my friends.  Friends can be more dangerous than enemies.


 Saying is one thing, doing is another.  People don't always do what they announce.


 Short reckonings make long friends.  Debts paid quickly encourage friendship.
   Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.


   Snug as a bug in a rug.  Feeling very comfortable.
   Spare the rod and spoil the child  If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.
   Sticks and stones will break my bones but names
 will never hurt me

 Physical attacks may harm me, but cruel words will not.

   Still waters run deep.   A quiet person can have much knowledge or wisdom.
   A stitch in time saves nine   It's better to deal with a problem in its early stages, because if you don't, it will get
   Stolen fruit is the sweetest.  What is forbidden is the most tempting.
T  Tall oaks grow from little acorns.   Great things may come from small beginnings.


 The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.   Children resemble their parents.
   The best advice is found on the pillow.   After a good night's sleep we may find an answer to our problem.


 The devil looks after his own.   Success comes to those who deserve it least  .


 The devil makes work for idle hands   People who have no work, or are idle, often get into or make trouble.
   The die is cast.   A decision has been made and it's impossible to change it.
   The early bird catches the worm.   If you want to do something successfully, you should do it as soon as you can.
   The end justifies the means.   Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.
   The more haste, the less speed.   A person makes more progress if they do things less quickly.
   The more you have, the more you want.


   The pen is mightier than the sword   Words and communication have greater effect than war and fighting.
   The proof of the pudding is in the eating.  The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested.
   The road to hell is paved with good intentions.   It's not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.
   The tongue wounds more than a lance.   Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries.
   The truth is in the wine.   People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.
   The wish is father to the thought.

  You think that something is true because you want it to be so.

   There is no fool like an old fool.   A older person is expected to behave more sensibly.
   There is safety in numbers   Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident.
   Time and tide wait for no man.   No one can delay the passing of time.
   Time has wings.

 Time goes by quickly.

   Time is money.  Time is valuable and should not be wasted.
   To err is human, to forgive divine   It is human nature to make mistakes, therefore one should forgive.
   Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  If too many people are involved in something, it will not be done properly.

   Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's tooth.  
   Truth is stranger than fiction.   Events in real life are sometimes stranger than in fiction.
   Two wrongs don't make a right   It is wrong to harm someone because they have harmed you.


 Union is strength.  


  Variety is the spice of life.

  Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting.

    Virtue is its own reward.   You should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way.
 W  Walls have ears.   Be careful.  People could be listening.
   Waste not, want not.   If you never waste anything, you will have it when you need it.
   What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve
  If a person doesn't know about something, it cannot hurt them.
   What a man says drunk, he thinks sober.

  People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.

   What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.   People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.
   When the cat's away, the mice play.   People misbehave when their boss, or the person in authority, is absent.

 When in Rome, do as the Romans do.   You should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting,
  and behave in the same way.
   When poverty come in the door, love goes out the
   Where there's life there's hope.


   Where there's a will, there's a way.   A person with determination will find a way of doing something.
   Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves.   Possible interpretation:  an easily influenced person can be mislead.
   Wisdom is better than strength.  
   Wonders will never cease!   Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event (ironic).


 You are what you eat.  
   You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.   You help me and I'll help you.


British Sayings and Proverbs

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'Every cloud has a silver lining'proverbs cartoons, proverbs cartoon, proverbs picture, proverbs pictures, proverbs image, proverbs images, proverbs illustration, proverbs illustrations
There's always something good in bad times.

'A stitch in time saves nine'
Act early and you can save a lot of time.

'Nothing ventured nothing gained'
You have to try or you won't get anything.

'Out of the frying pan into the fire'
From one problem to another.

'One man's meat is another man's poison'
People often don't like the same things.

'Don't look a gift horse in the mouth'
Don't question good luck.

'You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink'
You can give a person a chance, but you can't make him or her take it.

'The grass is always greener on the other side'
You always think that other peoples lives are better than yours.

'The best things in life are free'
We don't have to pay for the things that are really valuable, like love, friendship, good health etc.

'Don't cross your bridges before you come to them'
Don't worry about problems before they arrive.

'It was the last straw that broke the camel's back'
There is a limit to everything. We can load the camel with lots of straw, but finally it will be too much and the camel's back will break. And it is only a single straw that breaks its back - the last straw.

This can be applied to many things in life. People often say "That's the last straw!" when they will not accept any more of something.

'Where there's a will there's a way'
If we have the determination to do something, we can always find the path or method to do it.

'Marry in haste, and repent at leisure'
If we get married quickly, without thinking carefully, we may be sorry later. And we will have plenty of time to be sorry.

'The best advice is found on the pillow'
If we have a problem, we may find the answer after a good night's sleep.

People also say: "I'll sleep on it."

'You can't judge a book by its cover'
We need to read a book to know if it's good or bad. We cannot know what it's like just by looking at the front or back cover. This proverb is applied to everything, not only books.

'Bad news travels fast'
'Bad news' means news about 'bad' things like accidents, death, illness etc. People tend to tell this type of news quickly. But 'good news' (passing an exam, winning some money, getting a job etc) travels more slowly.

'Birds of a feather flock together'
Birds of a feather means birds of the same type. The whole proverb means that people of the same type or sort stay together. They don't mix with people of another type

'Live and let live'
This proverb suggest that we should not interfere in other people's business. We should live our own lives and let others live their lives.

'The way to a man's heart is through his stomach'
Many women have won a man's love by cooking delicious meals for him. They fed his stomach and found love in his heart.

'Better untaught than ill taught.'
This proverb drops the verb "to be". But we understand: "It is better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly." It's better not to learn something than to learn it badly.

'Soon learnt, soon forgotten'
Something that is easy to learn is easy to forget.


'Bob's your uncle'
It is added to the end of sentences a bit like and that's it!

Origin of Bob's your Uncle

"Bob's your Uncle" is a way of saying "you're all set" or "you've got it made." It's a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint a certain Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland.

Not lost on the British public was the fact that Lord Salisbury just happened to be better known to Arthur Balfour as "Uncle Bob." In the resulting furor over what was seen as an act of blatant nepotism, "Bob's your uncle" became a popular sarcastic comment applied to any situation where the outcome was preordained by favoritism. As the scandal faded in public memory, the phrase lost its edge and became just a synonym for "no problem."
By James Harris

'Burning the Candle at Both Ends'
Working for many hours without getting enough rest

'Eyes are bigger than your belly'
Think you can eat more than you can
'My eyes were bigger than my belly, I couldn't eat every thing I had put on my plate'

'Sleep Tight'
Have a good nights sleep

'Tie the Knot'
Get Married

- A -
  1. Abundance, like want, ruins many.
         Romanian Proverb


  2. Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
         Romanian Proverb


  3. Advice is least heeded when most needed.
         English Proverb


  4. After dark all cats are leopards.
         Native American Proverb (Zuni)


  5. After lunch; rest; after dinner walk a mile.
         Arab Proverb


  6. After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
          Italian Proverb


  7. The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
          Swedish Proverb


  8. After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
         Chinese proverb


  9. After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
         Japanese Proverb


  10. All roads lead to Rome.
         Roman Proverb


  11. All roads do not lead to Rome.
          Slovenian Proverb


  12. All sins cast long shadows.
          Irish Proverb


  13. All things good to know are difficult to learn.
         Greek Proverb


  14. All sunshine makes the desert.
         Arab Proverb


  15. An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
          Arab Proverb


  16. An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
         Romanian Proverb


  17. An iron rod bends while it is hot.
         Greek Proverb


  18. The anvil fears no blows.
         Romanian Proverb


  19. Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
         Russian Proverb


  20. Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
         Jewish Proverb


  21. Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
         Arabic proverb


  22. Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
         Gaelic Proverb


- B -
  1. Bad is never good until worse happens.
          Danish Proverb


  2. Bed is the poor man's opera.
         Italain Proverb


  3. The beginning is the half of every action.
          Greek Proverb


  4. Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.
         Scottish Proverb


  5. Behind an able man there are always other able men.
          Chinese Proverb


  6. Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth.
         Italian Proverb


  7. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
         Chinese Proverb


  8. Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.
          Latin Proverb


  9. Be Prepared
         Boy Scout Motto


  10. Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
         Scottish Proverb


  11. The best armor is to keep out of range.
         Italian Proverb


  12. Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant..
         Turkish Proverb


  13. Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.
         Romanian Proverb


  14. Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
         Scottish Proverb


  15. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
         Chinese Proverb


  16. Better be quarreling than lonesome.
          Irish Proverb


  17. Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
          Italian Proverb


  18. Beware of a man of one book.
         English Proverb


  19. Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.
         Burmese Proverb


  20. Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
         Benjamin Franklin


  21. The big thieves hang the little ones.
         Czech Proverb


  22. The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
          Persian Proverb


  23. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
         Chinese Proverb


  24. By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
         Italian Proverb


  25. By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
          Latin Proverb


- C -
  1. Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
         Indian Proverb


  2. Children are a poor man's wealth.
         Danish Proverb


  3. The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.
         Ukranian Proverb


  4. A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood
         Chinese Proverb


  5. Complain to one who can help you.
         Yugoslav Proverb


  6. Confessed faults are half mended.
         Scottish Proverb


  7. The country rooster dows not crow in the town.
         African(Swahili) Proverb


  8. The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
          Japanese Proverb


  9. Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor.
    (When love is not madness, it is not love.)
          Spanish Proverb


- D -
  1. Danger and delight grow on one stalk.
          English Proverb


  2. Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
          Japanese Proverb


  3. The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
          The Talmud


  4. Deliberate often--decide once.
          Latin Proverb


  5. A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
          Irish Proverb


  6. The doctor is to be feared more than the disease.
          Latin Proverb


  7. The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.
         Danish Proverb


  8. The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.
         Portuguese Proverb


  9. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
          Miscellaneous Proverb


  10. Do not bathe if there is no water.
         Shan Proverb


  11. Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.
         English Proverb


  12. Do not employ handsome servants.
         Chinese Proverb


  13. Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
          Latin Proverb


  14. Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
         Czech Proverb


  15. Do not push the river, it will flow by itself.
         Polish Proverb


  16. Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.
         Romanian Proverb


  17. Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby.
          African(Zulu) Proverb


  18. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
          Arab Proverb


  19. Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
         Kurdish Proverb


  20. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
         Native American Proverb (Pima)


  21. Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out.
         Jewish Proverb


  22. Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
          English Proverb


  23. Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
         Philippine Proverb


  24. Don't fall before you're pushed.
         English Proverb


  25. Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
         Sweedish Proverb


  26. Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
         Jewish Proverb


  27. Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been leant to you.
         Belgian Proverb


  28. Don't offer me advice; give me money
         Spanish Proverb


  29. Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.
         Jewish Proverb


  30. Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
         Biblical Proverb


  31. Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
         Slovakian Proverb


  32. Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
         Spanish Proverb


  33. Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
          Japanese Proverb


  34. Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
         Malayan Proverb


  35. Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
          Sweedish Proverb


  36. Drink nothing without seeing it; Sign nothing without reading it.
         Spanish Proverb


  37. Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
         Arab proverb


- E -
  1. Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers.
         Greek Proverb


  2. Eating and scratching want but a beginning.
         Romanian Proverb


  3. Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong.
          Hindu Proverb


  4. Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
         Benjamin Franklin


  5. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
          Arab Proverb


  6. Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.
         Chinese Proverb


  7. Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.
          Polish Proverb


  8. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
          Miscellaneous Prover


  9. Every animal knows more than you do.
         Native American Proverb (Nez Perce)


  10. Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
          Moorish Proverb


  11. Every invalid is a doctor.
         Irish Proverb


  12. Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.
         French Proverb


  13. Every path has its puddle.
         English Proverb


  14. Every peasant is proud of the pond in his village because from it he measures the sea.
         Russian Proverb


  15. Every road has two directions.
          Russian Proverb


  16. Everything passes, everything wears out, everything breaks.
    (tout passe, tout lasse, tout casse)
          French Proverb


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


  18. Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
         Belgian proverb


  19. The eyes are the window of the soul.
          English Proverb


  20. The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.
          German Proverb


- F -
  1. Fall seven times, stand up eight.
         Japanese Proverb


  2. Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
         Japanese Proverb


  3. A father is a banker provided by nature.
          French Proverb


  4. Fear less, hope more,
    eat less, chew more,
    whine less, breathe more,
    talk less, say more,
    hate less, love more,
    and all good things will be yours.
         Swedish proverb


  5. Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at you, you will not be harmed unless you have sore places.
         Latin Proverb


  6. First deserve, and then desire.
          English Proverb


  7. The first drink with water, the second without water, the third like water.
         Spanish Proverb


  8. First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
         Greek Proverb


  9. Fish or cut bait.
         American Proverb


  10. Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
         Polish Proverb


  11. A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
         Miscellaneous Proverb


  12. A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
          Miscellaneous Proverb


  13. A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control
          Miscellaneous Proverb


  14. A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
          Miscellaneous Proverb


  15. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
         Chinese Proverb


  16. From a fallen tree, all make kindling.
         Spanish Proverb


  17. From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.
         Greek Proverb


  18. A full cup must be carried steadily.
         English Proverb


- G -
  1. Get what you can and keep what you have; that's the way to get rich.
         Scottish Proverb


  2. Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries , and you will have a fine pig and a bad child.
         Danish Proverb


  3. Go and wake up your cook.
         Arab Proverb


  4. The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
          Japanese Proverb


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


  6. God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.
         German Proverb


  7. God sells knowledge for labour -- honour for risk.
         Arabic Proverb


  8. God will be present, whether asked or not.
         Latin Proverb


  9. God gave teeth; He will give bread.
         Lithuanian Proverb


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


  11. Good fences make good neighbors.
         American Proverb


  12. Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
         Spanish Proverb


  13. Goodness shouts. Evil whispers.
         Balinese Proverb


  14. Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.
         Tibetan proverb


  15. Go often to the house of a friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
         A paraphrase of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American Transcendentalist
    Another opinion on this quote: Alan Walker states "this particular proverb is part of the 'Lay Of Loddfafnir' in the Viking Edda, and is spoken by the god Odin to one of his initiates". Thanks Alan!


  16. A good painter need not give a name to his picture, a bad one must.
         Polish Proverb


  17. Gossip needs no carriage.
          Russian Proverb


  18. Gratitude is the heart's memory.
         French Proverb


  19. The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's.
         Polish Proverb


  20. Great men are not always wise.
          Biblical Proverb


  21. A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.
          Polish Proverb


- H -
  1. A half-truth is a whole lie.
         Jewish Proverb


  2. The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
         Russian Proverb


  3. A handfull of patience is worth a bushel of brains.
          Dutch Proverb


  4. Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
         Chinese Proverb


  5. A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
          Turkish Proverb


  6. The heart that loves is always young.
          Greek Proverb


  7. He fishes well who uses a golden hook.
          Latin Proverb


  8. He is rich who owes nothing.
         French Proverb


  9. He that does not ask will never get a bargain.
         French Proverb


  10. He that is of a merry heart hasth a continual feast.
          Biblical Proverb


  11. He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
          Biblical Proverb


  12. He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.
         Dutch Proverb


  13. He who must die, must die in the dark, even though he sells candles.
         Colombian Proverb


  14. He who says what he likes will hear what he does not like.
         English Proverb


  15. He who searches for pearls should not sleep.
         Lybian Proverb


  16. He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
          Persian Proverb


  17. He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.
         German Proverb


  18. He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
          Chinese Proverb


  19. He who builds by the roadside has many surveyors.
         Italian Proverb


  20. He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne.
         Russian Proverb


  21. He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
         Arab Proverb


  22. He who hurries can not walk with dignity.
         Chinese Proverb


  23. He who is not impatient is not in love.
          Italian Proverb


  24. He who knows little quickly tells it.
         Italian Proverb


  25. He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
          Italian Proverb


  26. He who puts up with insult invites injury.
         Jewish Proverb


  27. He who respects his parents never dies.
         Greek Proverb


  28. He who sows peas on the highway does not get all the pods into his barn.
         Danish Proverb


  29. He who undertakes too much seldom succeeds.
         Dutch Proverb


  30. He who would leap far must first take a long run.
         Danish Proverb


  31. Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
          Benjamin Franklin


  32. Hours are Time's shafts,
    and one comes winged with death.
         Scottish Clock Motto




  33. If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
         Yiddish Proverb


  34. If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
         Benjamin Franklin


  35. If there is no wind, row.
         Latin Proverb


  36. If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
         Spanish Proverb


  37. If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.
         Haitian proverb


  38. If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
         Russian Proverb


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


  40. If you bow at all, bow low.
         Chinese Proverb


  41. Za dvumya zaitsami pogonish'sya, ne odnogo ne poimaesh'.
    (If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.) Russian Proverb


  42. If you can't go over, you must go under.
          Jewish Proverb


  43. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
         American Proverb


  44. If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
         Chinese proverb


  45. If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
          Khalil Gibran


  46. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
         Native American Proverb (Minquass)


  47. If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
          Italian Proverb


  48. If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it.
         Chinese Proverb


  49. If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
          Spanish Proverb


  50. If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
          Yiddish Proverb


  51. If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.
         Haitian proverb


  52. If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
         Romanian Proverb


  53. If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
          Benjamin Franklin


  54. If you would live healthy, be old early.
         Spanish Proverb


  55. If you would be pope, you must think of nothing else.
         Spanish Proverb


  56. If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't suspect him.
          Chinese Proverb


  57. If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
         Benjamin Franklin


  58. If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.
          French Proverb


  59. Ignorance is bliss.
         American Proverb


  60. In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.
         Legal Proverb


  61. In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
         Chinese Proverb


  62. In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
          English Proverb


  63. In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed are kings
         Macedonian Proverb
    Thanks Margarita for submitting this one! -ed


  64. In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish.
          English Proverb


  65. It is easier to pull down than to build up.
          Latin Proverb


  66. It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
         Irish Proverb


  67. It is not enough to aim.; you must hit.
         Italian Proverb


  68. It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.
         Scandanavian Proverb


  69. It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
         Latin Proverb



  70. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
         Chinese Proverb


  71. Judge not the horse by his saddle.
         Chinese Proverb



  72. Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
         Chinese Proverb



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  73. L'amour fait passer les temps. Les temps faite passer l'amour. (Love makes time pass. Time makes love pass.)
         French Sundial Motto


  74. A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
         German Proverb


  75. Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
         Chinese Proverb.


  76. Let every fox take care of his own tail.
         Italian Proverb


  77. Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
         English Proverb


  78. Let no man deceive you with vain words.
          Biblical Proverb


  79. Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
         Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)


  80. Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
         Native American Proverb


  81. Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
         Chinese Proverb


  82. A little pot boils easily.
         Dutch Proverb


  83. Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
         Arab Proverb


  84. Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
         Spanish Proverb


  85. Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
         Latin Proverb


  86. Lomhlaba Unzima, Lohmhlaba. [This world is a harsh place, this world.]
          Zulu Proverb


  87. Long absent, soon forgotten.
         Romanian Proverb


  88. Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
         Jewish Proverb


  89. Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
          Russian Proverb


  90. Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
         Swedish Proverb


  91. Love rules without rules.
         Italian Proverb


  92. Love tells us many things that are not so.
          Ukranian Proverb


  93. Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
          German Proverb


  94. The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
          Persian Proverb



  95. Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
         Chinese Proverb


  96. Make sure to be in with your equals if you're going to fall out with your superiors.
         Jewish Proverb


  97. Man has responsiblity, not power.
         Native American Proverb (Tuscarora)


  98. A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
         Latin Proverb


  99. A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
         English Proverb


  100. The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.
         Chinese Proverb


  101. Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.
  102. Greek Proverb


  103. Measure a thousand times and cut once.
         Turkish Proverb



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  104. Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.
         Spanish Proverb


  105. Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
         Chinese Proverb


  106. Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.
         Scottish Proverb


  107. Never fall out with your bread and butter.
         English Proverb


  108. Never give advice in a crowd.
         Arab Proverb


  109. Never give advice unless asked.
         German Proverb


  110. Never rely on the glory of the morning or the smiles of your mother-in-law.
         Japanese Proverb


  111. Never squat with your spurs on.
         Texan Proverb


  112. Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys.
          Jewish Proverb


  113. Never write a letter while you are angry.
         Chinese Proverb


  114. Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
          American Proverb


  115. No call alligator long mouth till you pass him.
         Jamaican Proverb


  116. No need to teach an eagle to fly.
         Greek Proverb

         No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
         Taoist Proverb


  117. No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.
         Danish Proverb



  118. Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults.
         Greek Proverb


  119. One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
         German Proverb


  120. One drink is just right; two is too many; three are too few.
         Spanish Proverb


  121. One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
         French Proverb


  122. One should be just as careful in choosing one's pleasures as in avoiding calamities.
         Chinese Proverb


  123. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.
         Indian Proverb



  124. Pray, pray very much; but beware of telling God what you want.
         French Proverb



  125. Ready money works great cures.
         French Proverb


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


  127. A rich man has no need of character.
          Hebrew Proverb



  128. Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
          American Proverb


  129. Set a thief to catch a thief.
         French Proverb


  130. Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
         Sweedish Proverb


  131. Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
         Italian Proverb


  132. Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
         Spanish Proverb


  133. A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
          Chinese Proverb


  134. The sinning is the best part of repentance.
         Arabic Proverb


  135. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
         African Proverb


  136. A snake deserves no pity.
         Yiddish Proverb


  137. Speak of the devil and he appears.
          Italian Proverb


  138. Spread the table and contention will cease.
         English Proverb



  139. Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
         Native American Proverb


  140. A true friend, is one that will take a bullet for you in the war.
         Italian Proverb
    Kindly submitted to by Massimo Raimondi, from a book on Mussolini


  141. Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
         Russian proverb


  142. There is a pinch of the madman in every great man.
         French Proverb


  143. There is no flying without wings.
          French Proverb


  144. There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
         French Proverb


  145. There is nothing hidden between Heaven and Earth
         Venezuelan Proverb


  146. There wouldn't be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.
         Sufi Proverb


  147. Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
          Chinese Proverb


  148. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas.
         Italian Proverb


  149. Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.
         Malayan Proverb


  150. Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise.
         Welsh Proverb


  151. To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
         Chinese Proverb


  152. To change and change for the better are two different things.
         German Proverb


  153. To deceive a diplomat speak the truth, he has no experience with it.
          Greek Proverb


  154. To know and to act are one and the same.
          Samurai Proverb


  155. To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
         Chinese Proverb


  156. A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
          American Proverb


  157. Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats.
         Malayan Proverb


  158. Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
          Maori proverb



  159. Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
         Romanian Proverb


  160. Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
          Spanish Proverb


  161. Use power to curb power.
         Chinese Proverb


  162. Use soft words and hard arguments.
          English Proverb


  163. Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
         Persian Proverb



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


  165. Vulnerant omnia, ultima necat. (All the [hours] wound you, the last one kills)
         Latin Proverb



  166. Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
         French Proverb


  167. Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.
          Spanish Proverb


  168. We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.
         French Proverb


  169. What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
         Scottish Proverb


  170. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
         French Proverb


  171. What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
         Romanian Proverb


  172. What the people believe is true.
         Native American Proverb (Anishinabe)

         What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.

  173. French Proverb


  174. What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
         Jewish Proverb


  175. What you give you get, ten times over.
         Yoruba Proverb


  176. When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.
          Swedish proverb


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


  178. When anger rises, think of the consequences.


  179. When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
         Romanian Proverb


  180. When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
         Chinese Proverb


  181. When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.
          Miscellaneous Proverb


  182. When in doubt, Gallop!
          Proverb of the French Foreign Legion


  183. When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
         Swiss Proverb


  184. When spiders unite they can tie down a lion.
         Ethiopian Proverb


  185. When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
         German Proverb


  186. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
         African Proverb


  187. When two quarrel, both are to blame.
         Dutch Proverb


  188. When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
         French Proverb


  189. When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
         Czech Proverb


  190. When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
         Jewish Proverb


  191. When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
         Chinese Proverb


  192. When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
         Texan Proverb


  193. When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
         Chinese Proverb


  194. Where God has his church the Devil will have his chapel.
          Spanish Proverb


  195. Where there is a sea there are pirates.
          Greek Proverb


  196. Where there is love, there is pain.
         Spanish Proverb


  197. Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
         German Proverb


  198. Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.


  199. Who depends on another man's table often dines late.
          Italian Proverb


  200. Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
         Spanish Proverb


  201. The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
          Arab Proberb


  202. Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
          Japaneses Proverb


  203. The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
         German Proverb


  204. The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
          Polish Proverb


  205. Words must be weighed, not counted.
          Polish Proverb



  206. You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accomodation.
          Kenyan Proverb


  207. Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them.
         Danish Proverb


  208. Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
          Jewish Proverb


  209. You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
         Navajo Proverb


  210. You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
         Irish Proverb


Important: The source of this collection is unknown, as I was emailed these tables by somebody. If you know the source, please let me know. Thanks to Roslyn Tierney (Tasmania AUS) for contributing the following Scandinavian proverbs:

Not all keys hang from one girdle.

Old habits have deep roots.

He who follows the river comes at last to the sea.

The house that is built after every man's advice seldom gets a roof.

The hand that gives gathers.

In calm water every ship has a good captain.

The horse one cannot have always has a fault.

Shared joy is doubled joy.

He who fears finds a way out.


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