A Collection Of Proverbs
The longest reigning monarch in history was Pepi II, who ruled Egypt for 90 years; 2566 to 2476 BC. The second longest was France's Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years, 1643 to 1715.
God's a good man.
-- English Proverb

The obstacle is the path.
-- Zen Proverb

The belly rules the mind. 
~ Spanish Proverb

What grows makes no noise.
-- German Proverb

Eggs cannot be unscrambled. 
~ American Proverb

A stumble may prevent a fall. 
~ English Proverb

"Talk does not cook rice."
-- Chinese proverb

Love can not grow without passion.
-- Greek Proverb

To give quickly is a great virtue.
-- Hindu Proverb

No road is long with good company. 
~Turkish Proverb

When you throw dirt, you lose ground. 
~Texan Proverb

He who forgives ends the quarrel.
~African Proverb

He who gives to me teaches me to give.
Danish Proverb

Even a small star shines in the darkness.
Finnish Proverb

Coffee and tobacco are complete repose.
~Turkish Proverb

"The road to a friend's house is never long."
-- Danish proverb

Hold a true friend with both your hands.;
-- Nigerian Proverb

To be loved is the best way of being useful.
-- French Proverb

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
~ Swedish Proverb

A clear conscience sleeps during thunder.
-- Jamaican Proverb

"If wishes were horses, beggars might ride."
-- English Proverb

"A hero only appears once the tiger is dead."
-- Burmese Proverb

Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
-- German Proverb

When the student is ready, the master appears. 
~ Buddhist Proverb

Don't marry for money. You can borrow it cheaper.
~ Scottish Proverb

Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.
-- Russian Proverb

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. 
~ African Proverb

Let your head be more than a funnel to your stomach.
-- German Proverb

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
-- French proverb

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
~ Proverb

Life is short but a smile takes barely a second.
-- Cuban Proverb

"Misfortunes come on horseback and depart on foot."
-- French Proverb

"Fuel is not sold in a forest, nor fish on a lake."
-- Chinese Proverb

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. 
~ Vietnamese Proverb

Nowhere are there more hiding places than in the heart.
-- German Proverb

Better be kind at home than burn incense in a far place.
-- Chinese Proverb

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

"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."
-- Estonian proverb

"Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends."
-- Czech Proverb

Be not afraid of going  slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
--Chinese Proverb

People count up the faults of those who are keeping them waiting.
~ French Proverb

"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently."
- Chinese Proverb

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. 
~African Proverb

"To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing."
-- Chinese Proverb

Age gives good advice when it is no longer able to give bad  example.
--American Proverb

"The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion."
-- Arab Proverb

If you go only once around the room, you are wiser than he who sits still. 
-- Estonian Proverb

He who lends a book is an idiot.  He who returns the book is more of an idiot. 
~ Arabic Proverb

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. 
~ Italian Proverb

"The freshest fish smell after three days." (Don't wear out your welcome.)  
-- Japanese Proverb

He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. 
-- Dutch Proverb

Wealth lost - something  lost; Honor lost - much lost; Courage lost - all  lost. 
-- German proverb

If you have much, give  of your wealth; if you have little, give of your  heart.   -
- Arab  Proverb

"Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth." 
-- Saudi Arabian Proverb

I never ask God to give me anything; I only ask him to put me where things are. 
~ Mexican Proverb

"Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely."  
-- Chinese Proverb

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
-- Chinese Proverb

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much master of the world as he who is ready to die. 
-- Italian Proverb

Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.  
~ Zen Buddhist Proverb

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

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." 
-- Chinese Proverb

"The best preacher is the heart; the best teacher is time; the best book is the world; the best friend is God." 
~ Hebrew Proverb

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.  -- Jewish Proverb

Pale moon doth rain, Red moon doth blow, White moon doth neither rain nor snow.  
-- Latin proverb

There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person.  The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. 
~ Hindustani Proverb

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. 
~ Swedish Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. 
-- Chinese Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
Chinese proverb

Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.
-- Old Eskimo proverb

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."
-- Latin Proverb

"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead."
-- Chinese Proverb

"The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb."
-- German Proverb

"Life without a friend is like death without a witness."
-- Spanish Proverb

" A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
-- Arabian Proverb

"It is better to be in chains with friends , than to be in a garden with strangers." 
-- Persian Proverb

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
-- Chinese Proverb

It is a good answer which knows when to stop.
-- Italian Proverb

He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him.
-- Dutch Proverb

For a web begun God sends thread.
-- Italian Proverb

If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you. 
-- Yiddish Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
-- Chinese Proverb

"But" is a fence over which few leap.
--German Proverb

He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup.  -- Armenian Proverb

A bad cause requires many words.
-- German Proverb

Great consolation may grow out of the smallest saying. 
-- Swiss-German Proverb

One sprinkles the most sugar where the tart is burnt.
-- Dutch Proverb

The shortest answer is doing.
-- English Proverb

The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men seek for it in what is remote.
-- Japanese Proverb

The work will teach you how to do it.
-- Estonian Proverb

He need not search his pockets for words.
-- Russian Proverb

Envy eats nothing but its own heart.
-- German Proverb

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
-- Chinese Proverb

It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom.
-- French Proverb

In every pardon there is love.
-- Welsh Proverb

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

Who seeks a faultless friend remains friendless.
-- Turkish Proverb

No one is so generous as he who has nothing to give.
-- French Proverb

"Be happy while  you're living, for you're a long time dead."
-- Scottish  Proverb

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
-- English Proverb

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
-- Chinese proverb

Few people know how to be old.
-- Arabic proverb

Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.
-- Latin proverb

A man must have grown old and lived long in order to see how short life is. 
-- Pennsylvania Dutch proverb

If the horse you are riding drops dead, it is a good time to  dismount.
-- Native American Proverb

"All cats are bad in May."
-- French Proverb

"A noisy cow gives little milk."
- Polish Proverb

"A roaring lion kills no game."
- African Proverb

"No need to teach an eagle to fly."
-- Greek Proverb

"Beware of people who dislike cats."
-- Irish proverb

"Honey is not sweet for a donkey"
-- Ethiopian Proverb

"The child of a tiger is a tiger."
-- Haitian Proverb

"Who rides a tiger cannot dismount."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Fools worship mules that carry gold."
-- French Proverb

"Judge not the horse by his saddle."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Cats don't catch mice to please God."
-- Afghan Proverb

"Her horns are not heavy for a cow"
-- Ethiopian Proverb

"A cat that catches mice does not meow."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Trust in Allah, but tie your camel."
-- Muslim Proverb

"Do not give a hyena meat to look after."
-- African Proverb

"Don't strike a flea on a tiger's head."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Live with wolves, and you learn to howl."
-- Spanish Proverb

"You never know how a cow catches a rabbit."
-- Dutch Proverb

"Before you milk a cow tie it up."
-- South African Proverb

"Flatters, like cats, lick and then scratch."
-- German Proverb

"A donkey always says thank you with a kick."
-- Kenyan Proverb

"It's the same donkey, but with a new saddle."
-- Afghan Proverb

"If you call one wolf, you invite the pack."
-- Bulgarian Proverb

"A cat with a straw tail keeps away from fire."
- English Proverb

"Don't change horses while crossing a stream."
-- American Proverb

"When spiders unite they can tie down a lion."
-- Ethiopian Proverb

"You come with a cat and call it a rabbit."
-- Cameroonian Proverb

"He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount."
-- Traditional Proverb

"When the cat's away, the mice will play."
-- Western Europe Proverb

"The cat's a saint when there are no mice about."
-- Japanese proverb

The fly cannot be driven away by getting angry at it.
~ African Proverb

"A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigritude."
-- Nigerian Proverb

"If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich."
-- African Proverb

"If you want to keep camels, have a big enough door."
-- Afghan Proverb

"The cat--moon eats the gray mice of night."
-- Western Europe Proverb

"Don't call alligator long mouth till you pass him."
-- Jamaican Proverb

"Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them."
-- Danish Proverb

Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden.
-- Chinese Proverb

"One camel does not make fun of another camel's hump."
-- Ghanaian Proverb

"If you want to know what a tiger is like, look at a cat."
-- Hindu proverb

"It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats."
-- Russian proverb

"If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch."
-- Yiddish Proverb

Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens. 
~ African Proverb

"If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs."
-- Russian Proverb

"The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner."
-- Hebrew Proverb

"When you go to a donkey's house, don't talk about ears."
-- Jamaican Proverb

"A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat."
-- Congolese Proverb

"Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important."
-- Korean Proverb

"Whoever plows with a team of donkeys must have patience."
-- Zimbabwean Proverb

"The fool who owns an ox is seldom recognized as a fool."
-- South African Proverb

"Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm."
-- Malayan Proverb

"When a camel is at the foot of a mountain then judge of his height."
-- Hindu Proverb

"Cross in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you."
-- Malagasy Proverb

"If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow."
-- Saudi Proverb

"Those that dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain!"
-- Dutch Proverb

"By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree."
-- Cameroonian Proverb

"The cat which did not reach the sausage said: Anyhow it is Friday."
-- Georgian Proverb

"Call the bear 'Uncle' till you are safe across the bridge."
-- Turkish Proverb

"I am a prince and you are a prince; who will lead the donkeys?"
-- Saudi Arabian Proverb

"Even monkeys sometimes fall from trees."
-- Japanese Proverb

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. 
-- Mexican Proverb

"An ox with long horns, even if he does not butt, will be accused of butting."  
-- Malay Proverb

"Who cares well for cats will marry as happily as he or she could ever wish."  
-- French proverb

A good horse will never return to graze on grass it has already passed by. 
-- Chinese proverb

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

"It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason." 
-- Kurdish Proverb

"If a girl treads on a cat's tail, she will not find a husband before a year is out." 
-- French proverb

Whenever the cat of the house is black  The lasses of lovers will have no lack. 
-- English proverb

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." 
-- Colonial American Proverb

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

"A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks, except how to jump backwards." 
-- Netherlands Antillean Proverb

"Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries, and you will have a fine pig and a bad child." 
-- Danish Proverb

"A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays." 
-- English and American Proverb
"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with  strange cats." - Colonial American proverb
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