Selected Quotes about Proverbs

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry. -- African Proverb

When you have given nothing, ask for nothing. -- Albanian Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation. -- Ancient Proverb

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

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

Make your bargain before beginning to plow. -- Arab Proverb

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

Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. -- Bulgarian Proverb

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

Do not employ handsome servants. -- Chinese Proverb

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. -- 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

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

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

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

Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind. -- Chinese Proverb

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

The palest ink is better than the best memory. -- Chinese Proverb

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

When you drink the water, remember the spring. -- Chinese Proverb

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

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

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

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

Ask advice only of your equals. -- Danish Proverb

He who would leap high must take a long run. -- Danish Proverb

A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. -- Dutch Proverb

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. -- English Proverb

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

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

Use soft words and hard arguments. -- English Proverb

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

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. -- German Proverb

Charity sees the need not the cause. -- German Proverb

Never give advice unless asked. -- German Proverb

Who begins too much accomplishes little. -- German Proverb

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

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

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured. -- Indian Proverb

Praise youth and it will prosper. -- Irish Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb

Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law. -- Japanese Proverb

One kind word can warm three winter months. -- Japanese proverb

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

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. -- Japanese Proverb

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

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

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

Don't look for more honor than your learning merits. -- Jewish Proverb

He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good. -- Jewish Proverb

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows. -- Jewish Proverb

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

Rejoice not at thine enemy's fall - but don't rush to pick him up either. -- Jewish Proverb

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

Worries go down better with soup than without. -- Jewish Proverb

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

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. -- Latin Proverb

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

Never give a child a sword. -- Latin Proverb

A smiling face is half the meal. -- Latvian Proverb

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

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

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. -- Native American Proverb

Hold a true friend with both hands. -- Nigerian Proverb

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people. -- Oriental Proverb

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

Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. -- Scandinavian Proverb

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

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

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. -- Slovenian Proverb

Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it. -- Spanish Proverb

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

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

Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love. -- Spanish Proverb

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

Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees. -- Swedish Proverb

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

Buy on the rumor; sell on the news. -- Wall Street Proverb

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. -- Welsh Proverb

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

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority. -- Yugoslav Proverb

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