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. If you bow at all, bow low. (Chinese)
  2. If you do not study hard when young you'll end up bewailing your failures as you grow up. (Chinese)
  3. In a blacksmith's house all knives are wooden - (Spanish)
  4. In a country where no one has a nose, a half-nosed man will be the king. (India - mediocrity is accepted in a less sophisticated community - Thank you: Witty)
  5. It is not enough to run, one must start in time. - (French)
  6. It is what you meet on a ridge, that is used for mulching. (Nigeria - Accept to whichever situation you found yourself. - Thank you: Aliyu Momoh Jimoh)
  7. Kill one to warn a hundred. (Chinese)
  8. Learned is meager unlearned is enormous. (India - Thank you: Mich)
  9. Moon ah run but day ah ketch am (Guyanese - Do not try to hide when doing anything you will be caughtGuyanese - You may run away now, but you will be caught one day - Thank you: Claudia Robinson)
  10. No matter how high the iroko tree chases the cloud, the cloud will never be its destination (Sierra Leone, Freetown Rd Wilberforce - What is meant for you will always be for you and what doesn't belong to you will never be yours - Thank you: Zein Souma)
  11. No wind, no waves. (Chinese)
  12. Nothing brings peace and quiet like the racking of a pump shotgun (USA - Thank you: J.T.)
  13. Nothing is as burdensome as a secret. - (French)
  14. Old age is not happiness. - (Russian)
  15. Old love never rusts. (US - Thank you: Delores)
  16. One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked. (Chinese)
  17. One who sleeps with dogs, wakes up with flies! (Sri Lanka - Thank you: Koon Wijekoon)
  18. Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. - (French)
  19. Praying to God but hitting with the mallet. - (Spanish)
  20. Raise crows and they will peck your eyes out. - (Spanish)
  21. Shrimp that is asleep is swept by the current. - (Spanish)
  22. The devil shits on a big pile (The Netherlands - De duivel schijt op een grote hoop - Rich people get ever more money, the poor do not - Thank you: Willem Ernst)
  23. The future is purchased by the present. - (French)
  24. The greatest soldier is one who has laid arms to destroy all his bad deeds yesterday and show a peaceful and positive character today (Sierraleone - Our business in life is not to be ahead of others or to recreate, but to outstrip our negative yesterday by our positive today. - Thank you: Zein Souma of Wilberforce)
  25. The longer the night lasts, the more dreams you'll have. (Chinese)

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