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Proverbs From Around the World

July 10, 2013

Examine what is said, not him who speaks. – Arab Proverb

A tree falls the way it leans. – Bulgarian Proverb

The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it. – Chinese Proverb

To a friend’s house the road is never long. –  Danish Proverb

The true artist perseveres no matter what the critics say. – Dutch Proverb

A friend in need is a friend indeed. – English Proverb

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. – French Proverb

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. – German Proverb

A truth spoken before its time is dangerous. – Greek Proverb

A monkey never thinks her baby’s ugly. – Haitian Proverb

The eyes do not see what the mind does not want. – Indian Proverb

What is brought by the wind will be carried away by the wind. – Iranian Proverb

Better give a penny then lend twenty. – Italian Proverb

A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle. – Japanese Proverb

A stranger nearby is better than a far-away relative. – Korean Proverb

Nothing dries sooner than tears.  – Latin Proverb

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. – Libyan Proverb

What’s good is often forgotten; what’s bad is often hidden. – Norwegian Proberb

Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day. –  Polish Proverb

Live to live and you will learn to live. – Portuguese Proverb

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
If you wish good advice, consult an old man. – Romanian Proverb

Tell me who’s your friend and I’ll tell you who you are. – Russian Proverb

A penny saved is a penny gained. – Scottish Proverb

The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown. – South African Proverb

Don’t postpone until tomorrow what you can do today. – Spanish Proverb

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. – Swedish Proverb

Measure a thousand times and cut once. – Turkish Proverb

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. – Yiddish Proverb

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