World Proverbs

A proverb is an ancient saying, of unknown authorship, that transmits the wisdom of a group of people. Before people knew how to read and write, they passed knowledge by word of mouth. The word proverb comes from Latin proverbium formed by the prefix pro- (for, before) and verbum (word). Here is a short list of proberbs. ;
  1. A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. - (Chinese)
  2. A book holds a house of gold. (Chinese)
  3. A cat in gloves catches no mice. - (French)
  4. A fault once denied, is twice committed. - (French)
  5. A goat can never sit like a dog. If it tries to it will fall. (Nigeria - Thank you: George Samuel)
  6. A holy place is never empty. - (Russian)
  7. A man who lives in a glass house should dress in the basement (USA - self explanatory - Thank you: Jeff Dunn)
  8. A proverb makes a meaning when you become a victim (Uganda - Thank you: Alexander Mugume)
  9. A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction. - (Chinese)
  10. A sleeping man achieves nothing but dreams. (Nigeria - Thank you: Fitz)
  11. A snake seen by one person, simply become a python. (Sierra Leone, West Africa - Thank you: Saidu Sefoi)
  12. A stranger nearby is better than a far-away relative. (Korean)
  13. An old horse won't spoil the furrow, but won't plough a new one either. - (Russian)
  14. As the rat between the paws of the leopard, tempt me not (USA - Thank you: J.T.)
  15. Avoid tying your shoes among the strawberry field – it looks very suspicious from a distance. (Chinese - Thank you Fred Tse)
  16. Befriend the devil until you cross the bridge. (Romania - Fă-te frate cu dracul, până treci puntea - Do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true - Thank you: Ileana Dascalu)
  17. Big horse, even if it does not trot. - (Spanish)
  18. By their fruit we shall know them. (Nigeria - Thank you: Abdul Yusuf Abdul Yaqqin)
  19. Cold hands, warm heart (Spanish - Thank you: Staralfur)
  20. Create fame, and go to sleep. - (Spanish)
  21. Daca prostie ar dure, cite zipete pe lume! (Rumania - If stupidity would give pain, whole world would scream! - Thank you: Koon Wijekoon)
  22. Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. (Chinese)
  23. Do not check the teeth of a horse given as a present'. - (Spanish)
  24. Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your neighbors (Czech)
  25. Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. (Chinese)

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