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Here is our collection of proverbs from around the world. Some of them are quite interesting.  Our hope is you will enjoy reading them as much as we do!

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(An asterisk is marked beside ethnic groups, cultures, or regions as opposed to specific countries)

Afghanistan Gaelic * Malaysia Slovenia
African * Georgia Malta Somalia
American Indian Germany Mexico South Africa
Ancient GhanaMorocco Spain
Arab *Greece Netherlands Swahili *
Argentina Guinea, Rep.of Netherlands Antilles Sweden
Armenia Haiti New Zealand Switzerland
Austria Hebrew * Niger Tamil *
Azerbaijan Hindu * Nigeria Tanzania
Bantu * HungaryNorway Thailand
Belgium Iceland Oriental * Tibetan *
Benin India Palestinian * Turkey
Bosnia & Herzegovina Iran Persian * Uganda
Brazil Ireland Philippines Ukraine
Bulgaria Italy Poland United States
BurmaJamaicaPortugalUnknown
CameroonJapanRomaniaVietnam
ChinaJewish *RussiaWall Street *
Congo (Kinshasa)Kasmiri *RwandaWelsh *
CubaKenyaSamoaYiddish *
Czech RepublicKorea, SouthSaudi ArabiaYugoslavia, Federal Rep. Of
DenmarkKurdish *Scandinavian *Zen *
EgyptLatin *Scottish *Zimbabwe
English *LatviaSenegal 
EthiopiaLebanonSicilian * 
FranceMadagascarSierra Leone 
 

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Afghanistan

  
 

There are twenty-five uncaught sparrows for a penny.

Don't show me the palm tree, show me the dates.

Only stretch your foot to the length of your blanket.

No one says his own buttermilk is sour.

  

 

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 African *
 

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

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.

Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.

  

 

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 American Indian  
 

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.

  

 

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 Ancient   
Good habits result from resisting temptation.

 

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 Arab *  
 

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

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.

Make your bargain before beginning to plow.

  

 

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     Argentina  
 

No woman can make a wise man out of a fool, but every woman can change a wise man into a fool.

If you have a tail of straw, then keep away from the fire.

A man who develops himself is born twice.

A dog that barks all the time gets little attention.

  

 

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 Armenia  
 The world is a pot, man but a spoon in it.

How can one start a fast with baklava in one's hand.

The eagle was killed by an arrow made from its own feathers.

Clouds that thunder do not always rain.

  
 

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 Austria  
 

The hunt is like a dance for men, for women the dance is the hunt.

A light is still a light - even though the blind man cannot see it.

If you shoot your arrows at stones, you will damage them.

The earth does not shake when the flea coughs.

  
 

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 Azerbaijan  
 

One's own simple bread is much better than someone else's pilaf.

It's not shameful not to know, but it's shameful not to ask.

Beauty is ten, nine of which is dressing.

  
 

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 Bantu *  
 

The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.

The eye never forgets what the heart has seen.

A good deed will make a good neighbor.

No man can paddle two canoes at the same time.

  
 

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 Belgium  
 

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

The horse must graze where it is tethered.

Weeds never perish.

  
 

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 Benin  
 

Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor.

Before you ask a man for clothes, look at the clothes he is wearing.

Words are like spears: Once they leave your lips they can never come back.

  
 

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 Bosnia & Herzegovina  
 A brave man seldom is hurt in the back.

When an ant gets wings, it loses its head.

Two things rule the world - reward and punishment.

Why would you use poison if you can kill with honey.

  
 

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 Brazil  
 The trees with most leaves will not necessarily produce juicy fruit.

A wise man learns at the fool's expense.

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

You can only take out of a bag what was already in it.

  
 

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 Bulgaria  
 Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.

If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet.

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.

Nature, time, and patience are the three great physicians.

  
 

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 Burma  
 A hero only appears once the tiger is dead.

One sesame seed won't make oil.

The blind person never fears ghosts.

  
 

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 Cameroon  
 He who asks questions cannot avoid the answers.

A chattering bird builds no nest.

By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree.

Rain does not fall on one roof alone.

  
 

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 China  
 

Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.

Do not employ handsome servants.

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

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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

If you bow at all, bow low.

Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

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

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

The palest ink is better than the best memory.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

When you drink the water, remember the spring.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

  
 

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 Congo (Kinshasa)  
 When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house some day.

A pretty basket does not prevent worries.

A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

  
 

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 Cuba  
 

Listen to what they say of the others and you will know what they say about you.

Believe only half of what you see and nothing of what you hear.

What is new is pleasing and what is old is satisfying.

Life is short but a smile takes barely a second.

When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.

  
 

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 Czech Republic  
 

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

The big thieves hang the little ones.

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

Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.

Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.

Better a lie which heals than a truth which wounds.

Nothing seems expensive on credit.

  
 

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 Denmark  
 Ask advise only of your equals.

He who would leap high must take a long run.

Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.

He who builds according to every man's advice will have a crooked house.

  
 

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 Egypt  
 Learn politeness from the impolite.

A beautiful thing is never perfect.

The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel.

  
 

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 English   
 A full cup must be carried steadily.

Don't fall before you're pushed.

Use soft words and hard arguments.

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

Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.

It is better to begin in the evening than not at all.

  
 

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 Ethiopia  
 

Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him.

What one hopes for is always better than what one has.

The frog wanted to be as big as the elephant, and burst.

The witness of a rat is another rat.

  
 

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 France  
 

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

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

With enough "ifs" we could put Paris into a bottle.

Write injuries in sand, kindness in marble.

  
 

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 Gaelic *  
 He that will not look forward must look behind.

He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms

Even God cannot make two mountains without a valley in between.

Assurance is two-thirds of success.

  
 

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 Georgia  
 

The rooster said, "I shall cry but whether the sun rises God knows."

God laughs at man's proposal.

The cat which did not reach the sausage said" Anyhow it is Friday.

  
 

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 Germany  
 No answer is also an answer.

A country can be judged by the quality of it's proverbs.

Charity, see the need not the cause.

Never give advise unless asked.

Who begins too much accomplishes little.

Too clever is stupid.

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

Flatterers, like cats, lick and then scratch.

  
 

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 Ghana  
 No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.

Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.

If there were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.

Only when you have crossed the river can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout.

  
 

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 Greece  
 First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.

Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.

Great abilities produce great vices as well as great virtues.

Men who have lost heart never yet won a trophy.

  
 

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 Guinea, Rep. of  
 Save your fowl before it stops flapping.

When you wait for tomorrow it never comes. When you don't wait for it tomorrow still comes.

The man on his feet carries off the share of the man sitting down.

  
 

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 Haiti  
 Beyond the mountain is another mountain.

Ignorance doesn't kill you, but it does make you sweat a lot.

The pencil of God has no eraser.

If someone sweats for you, you change his shirt.

Don't insult the alligator until you've crossed the river.

  
 

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 Hebrew *  
 Teach thy tongue to say, "I do not know."

If a word be worth one shekel, silence is worth two.

Poverty is a wonderful thing. It sticks to a man after all his friends have forsaken him.

  
 

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 Hindu *  
 

A man in this world without learning is as a beast of the field.

Among the blind, the squint rules.

When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.

Never strike your wife, even with a flower.

  
 

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 Hungary  
 A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener.

A flatterer is a secret enemy.

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Bargain like a gypsy, but pay like a gentleman.

  
 

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 Iceland  
 Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.

All old sayings have something in them.

He who lives without discipline, dies without honor.

Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to be called old.

  
 

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 India  
 Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

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.

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water.

The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.

  
 

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 Iran  
 

A blind man who sees is better than a sighted man who is blind.

God provides, but He needs a nudge.

Acquaintance without patience is like a candle with no light.

  
 

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 Ireland  
 

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

May you never forget what is worth remembering…Not remember what is better forgotten.

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.

A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

The work praises the man.

  
 

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 Italy  
 If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.

It's not enough to aim, you must hit.

The best armor is to keep out of range.

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.

To a quick question, give a slow answer.

To him that watches, everything is revealed.

  
 

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 Jamaica  
 When you go to a donkey's house, don't talk about ears.

Words in mouth, no load upon head.

A little axe can cut down a big tree.

A man with trousers that are too short should wear long suspenders.

  
 

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 Japan  
 

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

The reverse side also has a reverse side.

Don't stay too long when the husband is not at home.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

If you believe everything you read, better not read.

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

One kind word can warm three winter months.

You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo tube.

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.

Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.

  
 

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 Jewish *  
 Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worries go down better with soup than without.

Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.

Don't ask questions of fairy tales.

  
 

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 Kasmiri *  
 

Life is like a lamp flame; it needs a little oil now and then.

Giving advice to a stupid man is like giving salt to a squirrel.

Where there is sunshine, there is also shade.

One man's beard is on fire and another man warms his hands on it.

  
 

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 Kenya  
 Having a good discussion is like having riches.

He who does not know one thing, knows another.

You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accommodation.

  
 

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 Korea, South  
 Aim high in your career but stay humble in your heart.

Carve the peg by looking at the hole.

Words have no wings but they can fly many thousands of miles.

You will hate a beautiful song if you sing it often.

  
 

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

It is more difficult to contend with oneself than with the world.

See with your mind, hear with your heart.

What the heart thinks, the mouth speaks.

Many will show you the way once your cart has overturned.

  
 

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

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

Never give a child a sword.

We lose the certain things, while we seek the uncertain ones.

Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.

Unless what we do is useful, glory is vain.

No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have.

I don't want the cheese, I just want to get out of the trap.

  
 

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 Latvia  
A smiling face is half the meal.
 

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 Lebanon  
 Lower your voice and strengthen your argument.

No matter how fast the poplar grows, it will never reach heaven.

Do today what you want to postpone until tomorrow.

Hygiene is two thirds of health.

  
 

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 Madagascar  
 Distracted by what is far away, he does not see his nose.

One does not like hot, the other does not like cold; make it tepid to make and agreement.

Words are like eggs: when they are hatched they have wings.

It is better to refuse than to accept and not to go.

Nothing is so difficult that diligence cannot master it.

  
 

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 Malaysia  
 

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

Trumpet, in a herd of elephants, crow, in the company of cocks, bleat, in a flock of goats.

He who has learned how to steal, must learn how to hang.

To bend a bamboo, start when it is a shoot.

Do not measure another man's coat on your body.

A fool is like the big drum that beats fast but does not realize its hollowness.

  
 

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 Malta  
 He who goes to bed hungry dreams of pancakes.

Where the heart loves, there the legs walk.

The wallet of the timid man neither increases nor decreases.

  
 

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 Mexico  
 

As you see yourself, I once saw myself; as you see me now, you will be seen.

Envious persons never compliment, they only swallow.

Never ask God to give you anything; ask Him to put you where things are.

It's not enough to know how to ride - you must also know how to fall.

He who strikes first, strikes twice.

  
 

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 Morocco  
 Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.

Evening promises are like butter: morning comes, and it's all melted.

If you don't understand it with a wink, you certainly will with a blow.

If you are a peg, endure the knocking; if you are a mauled, strike.

  
 

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 Netherlands  
 

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

The seeds of the day are best planted in the first hour.

He who attempts too much seldom succeeds.

God does not pay weekly, but He pays at the end.

  
 

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 Netherlands Antilles  
 

A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks, except how to jump backwards.

You cannot fly with wings made of butter.

The rainbow would be even more beautiful if the show was not for free.

Don't give a child a name until after it is born.

You eat an egg, but you don't understand how painful it was for the chicken.

 

  
 

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 New Zealand  
 

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

Boast during the day; be humble at night.

The block of wood should not dictate to the carver.

The more you ask how much longer the journey will take, the longer the journey will seem.

Persist as resolutely as you persist in eating.

  
 

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 Niger  
 

If the owner of the goat is not afraid to travel by night, the owner of a hyena certainly will not be.

The cry of the hyena and the loss of the goat are one.

Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.

  
 

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 Nigeria  
 Hold a true friend with both hands.

A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigritude.

The man being carried does not realize how far away the town really is.

The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite.

A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting.

  
 

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 Norway  
 It's too bad to want a thing and not be allowed it.

In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen and the Queen will answer.

Rather a bit correctly than much incorrectly.

Luck is loaned, not owned.

  
 

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 Oriental *  
 

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

  
 

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 Palestinian *  
 

You will not dare mistreat the face you see in the morning.

Away for the eye, away from the mind.

IF only I were a bird! Ah, but eating caterpillars?

Whatever is written on the forehead is always seen.

  
 

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

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 Philippines  
 Don't trust in fortune until you are in heaven.

A clear conscience is far more valuable than money.

People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything.

If you make a habit of buying things you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do.

The rattan basket criticizes the palm leaf basket, still both are full of holes.

  
 

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 Poland  
 There are a thousand paths to every wrong.

God grant me a good sword and no use for it.

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day.

  
 

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 Portugal  
 

Hell is paved with good intentions, roofed in with lost opportunities.

Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.

Good management is better than good income.

  
 

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 Romania  
 

Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.

Every sin brings its punishment with it.

If you wish good advice, consult an old man.

  
 

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 Russia  
 

There is no shame in not knowing; the same lies in not finding out.

For him who does not believe in signs, there is no way to live in the world.

Acknowledgement is half of correction

Pray to God, but keep rowing to the shore.

  
 

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 Rwanda  
 

If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building or do you change the nail?

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.

In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case.

  
 

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 Samoa

Gather the breadfruit from the farthest branches first.

Sit and wait for the good chestnuts.

You shake in vain the branch that bears no fruit.

Stones decay; words last.

  
 

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 Saudi Arabia  
 A book is a garden carried in the pocket.

Fear not the man who fears God.

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.

A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop makes and inundation.

A friend is known when needed.

  
 

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 Scandinavian *  
 

Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds soon choke up the unused path.

  
 

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 Scottish *  
 

Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.

What may be done anytime will be done in no time.

If you don't see the bottom, don't wade.

When the heart is full the tongue will speak.

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.

Never let you feet run faster than your shoes.

Get what you can and keep what you have; that's the way to get rich.

  
 

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Senegal

If a centipede loses a leg, it does not prevent him from walking.

Even the fall of a dancer is a somersault.

Nobody tells all he knows.

What's the use of consulting a dead man's horoscope?

 

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Sicilian *
Walk with your slippers until you can find your shoes.

Who is blind, dumb and deaf will live a peaceful life of a hundred years.

Keep watch for the appearing mushroom.

Crooked wood is straightened with fire.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

 

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Sierra Leone

I grew up among wise mend and found that there is nothing better for man than silence.

An orange never bears a lime.

Knowledge in not the main thing, but deeds.

To try and fail is no laziness.

The big fish is caught with big bait.

 

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Slovenia

Speak the truth, but leave immediately thereafter.

Never whisper to the deaf or wink at the blind.

Every road does not lead to Rome.

It is easier to believe than to go and ask.

Man's life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.

 

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Somalia
Do not walk into a snake pit with your eyes open.

Wisdom does not come overnight.

In the ocean, one does not need to sow water.

He who does not shave you does not cut you.

 

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South Africa
He who has no intelligence is happy with it.

The fool who owns an ox is seldom recognized as a fool.

You are not great just because you say you are.

If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.

 

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Spain

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.

Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.

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

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.

He who goes with wolves learns how to howl.

The beginning of health is to know the disease.

More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.

If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.

 

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Swahili *
Aiming isn't hitting.

Don't plant a seed in the sea.

If you destroy a bridge be sure you can swim.

A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.

 

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Sweden
Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.

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

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours.

God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.

Those who wish to sing always find a song.

Sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbors.

 

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Switzerland
Better to sell with regret than to keep with regret.

When in doubt who will win, be neutral/.

One simple maxim is often worth more than two good friends.

Speech is silver; silence is golden.

 

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Tamil *
The one who teaches is the giver of eyes.

Learn about the future by looking at the past.

Only the cure you believe in cures.

If you have planted a tree you must water it too

If you are buying a cow, make sure that the price of the tail is included.

 

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Tanzania
We start as fools and become wise through experience.

The roaring lion kills no game.

Do not mend your neighbor's fence before seeing to your own.

 

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Thailand

At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.

Life is so short we must move very slowly

Wait until the tree has fallen before you jump over it.

Bald people can always find a comb.

 

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Tibetan *

To spread the news is to multiply it.

Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.

Eat according to the limits of your provisions; walk according to the length of your step.

Any fool can say "Ah" -- you need intelligence to say "Yes."

 

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Turkey

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.

Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.

A person does not seek luck' luck seeks the person.

Happiness is like crystal -- when it shines the most, it soon cracks.

 

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Uganda
He who hunts two rats, catches none.

A roaring lion kills no game.

Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed.

A hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.

 

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Ukraine

The church is near, but the way is icy. The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.

Your head is not only for putting a hat on.

Every disadvantage has it's advantage.

No matter how hard you try the bull will never give milk.

Only when you have eaten a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is.

 

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United States
The early bird gets the worm.

Cunning men deal in generalizations.

Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.

 

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Unknown

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

 

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Vietnam

If you want to gather a lot of knowledge, act as if you are ignorant.

There is one fish in the pond and ten anglers on the bank.

Venture all; see what fate brings.

The higher you climb, the heavier you fall.

 

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Wall Street *

Buy on the rumor. Sell on the news.

 

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Welsh *

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.

Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.

Conscience is the nest where all good is hatched.

Your hand is never the worse for doing its own work.

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.

 

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Yiddish *

Gold will never get rusty.

Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes.

A golden key will open every lock.

When one shears the sheep, the skin on the ram trembles.

A proverb is a true word/tells the truth.

A man comes from dust and will become dust.

To whom God gives, to him also the people give.

A man walks, God places the feet.

The nearer to the synagogue, the farther from God.

You can throw a cat however you want, it always falls on it's feet.

Who feels guilty, feels responsible.

Wise children have short years.

If a link is broken, the entire chain breaks.

He who can't endure the bad will not live to see the good.

If you want your dreams to come true, don't over sleep.

 

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Yugoslavia, Federal Rep. Of
Complain to one who can help you.

One ounce of good luck is better than a ton of brains.

No one likes to be the first to step on the ice.

A good rest is half the work.

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

 

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Zen *

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.

The obstacle is the path.

Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.

Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you truly be extremely hard and strong.

 

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Zimbabwe

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.

Two experts never agree.

A coward has no scar.

Whoever plows with a team of donkeys must have patience.

 

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