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Proverbs

Fortune favors the bold but abandons the timid. -- Latin Proverb

Don't limit a child to your own learning - for he was born in another time. -- Rabbinical saying

If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else. -- Chinese Proverb

The remedy for injuries is not to remember them. -- German proverb

The man who makes the first bad move always loses the game. -- Japanese proverb

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. -- Old Proverb

When you are an anvil - be patient; when a hammer - strike. -- Arabian proverb

There is nothing more serious than a child at play -- Old proverb

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. -- Chinese Proverb

Experience is a comb that nature gives us when we are bald. -- Chinese proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. -- Arab Proverb

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush. -- English Proverb

If you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm. -- Yiddish Proverb

Much does he gain who learns when he loses. -- Italian proverb

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -- William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

A friend's eye is a good mirror. -- Irish Proverb

A hard beginning maketh a good ending. -- John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

A hound's food is in its legs. -- Irish Proverb

A monkey never thinks her baby's ugly. -- Haitian Proverb

A silent mouth is melodious. -- Irish Proverb

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.-- Greek Proverb

A teacher is better than two books. -- German Proverb

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. -- French Proverb

A tree falls the way it leans. -- Bulgarian Proverb

A wise man hears one word and understands two. -- Yiddish Proverb

Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill. -- Danish Proverb

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue. -- Russian Proverb

An old rat is a brave rat. -- French Proverb

As we live, so we learn. -- Yiddish Proverb

Better no coach at all than three. -- Polish Proverb

Better the devil you know than the evil you don't know. -- English Proverb

Better wear out shoes than sheets. -- Scottish Proverb

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die. -- Irish Proverb

Climb mountains to see lowlands. -- Chinese Proverb

Clouds gather before a storm.-- Proverb of Unknown Origin

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own. -- Chinese Proverb

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. -- African proverb

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Bible - Proverbs 17:28

Even a small thorn causes festering. -- Irish Proverb

Every ass loves to hear himself bray. -- Proverb of Unknown Origin

Every dog hath its day. -- English Proverb

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another. -- Italian Proverb

Everyone pushes a falling fence. -- Chinese Proverb

Fame is a magnifying glass. -- English Proverb

Feather by feather the goose can be plucked. -- French Proverb

Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom. -- French Proverb

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

God gives the nuts, but he doesn't crack them. -- German proverb

He is not wise that is not wise for himself. -- English Proverb

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

He that seeks trouble never misses. -- English Proverb (17th century)

He who does not know one thing knows another. -- Kenyan Proverb

He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom. -- English Proverb

If two men ride a horse, one must ride behind. -- Proverb of Unknown Origin

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. -- Chinese Proverb

In a calm sea every man is a pilot. -- Spanish Proverb

It is a long road that has no turning. -- Irish Proverb

It is not enough to run, one must start in time. -- French Proverb

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

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats. -- Russian proverb

Last ship, best ship. -- English Proverb

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. -- Chinese Proverb

Luck has a slender anchorage. -- English Proverb

Need teaches a plan. -- Irish Proverb

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today. -- English Proverb

No time like the present. -- English Proverb

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. -- Chinese Proverb

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. -- Chinese Proverb

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. -- Chinese Proverb

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches -- English Proverb

Out of the frying pan into the fire. -- John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. -- French Proverb

People live in each other's shelter. -- Irish Proverb

Praise the young and they will blossom -- Irish Proverb

Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat. -- Irish Proverb

Roasted pigeons will not fly into one's mouth. -- Dutch Proverb

Rome was not built in a day. -- John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

Silence was never written down. -- Italian Proverb

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

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

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play. -- Yiddish Proverb

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. -- Proverb of Unknown Origin

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out. -- Chinese Proverb

The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot. -- Irish Proverb

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse. -- Irish Proverb

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

The tongue is more to be feared than the sword. -- Japanese Proverb

The tongue like a sharp knife...Kills without drawing blood. -- Chinese Proverb

The truth is not always what we want to hear. -- Yiddish Proverb

The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed. -- Malay Proverb

The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet. -- Persian Proverb

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same. -- Chinese Proverb

There is honor even among thieves. -- English Proverb

There is no luck except where there is discipline. -- Irish Proverb

There is no strength without unity. -- Irish Proverb

There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel. -- Russian Proverb

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming. -- English Proverb (18th century)

To teach is to learn. -- Japanese Proverb

Trouble rides a fast horse. -- Italian Proverb

Two heads are better than one. -- John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

What one knows it is sometimes useful to forget. -- Latin Proverb

What you can not avoid, welcome. -- Chinese Proverb

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. -- Ethiopian proverb

When the iron is hot, strike. -- John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby. -- Nigerian Proverb

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

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us. -- Russian Proverb

Who begins too much accomplishes little. -- German proverb

Who knows most speaks least. -- Spanish Proverb

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.-- Sanskrit Proverb

You cannot unscramble eggs. -- North American Proverb

Young wood makes a hot fire. -- Greek Proverb

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