International Wisdom – Proverbs from Different Cultures

by roshi on October 24, 2007

in Inspirational, Quotes

Proverbs from around the world, wise quotes, collective wisdom of civilization.

  1. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Arab Proverb
  2. A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush. English Proverb
  3. A broken hand works, but not a broken heart. Persian Proverb
  4. A cat has nine lives. Proverb of Unknown Origin
  5. A closed mouth catches no flies. Italian Proverb
  6. A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. German Proverb
  7. A courtyard common to all will be swept by none. Proverb, Chinese
  8. A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master. Russian Proverb
  9. A drink precedes a story. Irish Proverb
  10. A drowning man is not troubled by rain. Persian Proverb
  11. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake Proverbs of Hell (1790)
  12. A forest is in an acorn. Proverb of Unknown Origin
  13. A friend in need is a friend indeed English Proverb
  14. A friend’s eye is a good mirror. Irish Proverb
  15. A good denial, the best point in law. Irish Proverb
  16. A good husband is healthy and absent. Japanese Proverb
  17. A hard beginning make a good ending. John Heywood The Proverbs of John Heywood (1546)
  18. A healthy man is a successful man. French Proverb
  19. A hedge between keeps friendship green. French Proverb
  20. A hen is heavy when carried far. Irish Proverb
  21. A hound’s food is in its legs. Irish Proverb
  22. A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel. Portuguese Proverb
  23. A hungry man is an angry man. English Proverb
  24. A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on. French Proverb
  25. A little too late, is much too late. German Proverb
  26. A loan though old is not gift. Hungarian Proverb
  27. A lock is better than suspicion. Irish Proverb
  28. A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man. Turkish Proverb
  29. A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal. Yiddish Proverb
  30. A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink. John Heywood The Proverbs of John Heywood (1546)
  31. A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity. Yiddish Proverb
  32. A monkey never thinks her baby’s ugly. Haitian Proverb
  33. A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners. Irish Proverb
  34. A penny for your thoughts. John Heywood The Proverbs of John Heywood (1546)
  35. A penny saved is a penny gained. Scottish Proverb
  36. A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands. English Proverb
  37. A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener. Hungarian Proverb
  38. A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths. Chinese proverb
  39. A silent mouth is melodious. Irish Proverb
  40. A single Russian hair outweighs half a Pole. Traditional Russian Saying
  41. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. Greek Proverb
  42. A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger. Bible – Proverbs 151.
  43. A son is a son till he gets him a wife, But a daughter’s a daughter the rest of your life. Proverb of Unknown Origin
  44. A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom. Welsh Proverb
  45. A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars. Yiddish Proverb
  46. A teacher is better than two books. German Proverb
  47. A thief believes everybody steals. Proverb of Unknown Origin
  48. A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom. Chinese proverb
  49. A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. French Proverb
  50. A trade not properly learned is an enemy. Irish Proverb

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