Wise Proverbs From Around the World!

We all know many proverbs, but seldom do we know where they come from. In fact, research suggests that most of the proverbs we know did not come from our own culture! In the rich and complex history of our world and the many thousands of different cultures and countries that have risen, fallen and maintained, we have discovered many truths, and have coined many phrases and proverbs. 
Here you can have a glance at that wealth of wisdom, collected from 100 nations and cultures, in one list. You may be surprised to discover the origin of some famous proverbs, as well as the wisdom that every country has to offer! 
Afghanistan דגלי ארצות

What you see in yourself is what you see in the world.
Albania דגלי ארצות
The sun at home warms better than the sun elsewhere.
Argentina דגלי ארצות
1. Dress the monkey in silk and it is still a monkey.

2. A man who develops himself is born twice.
Armenia דגלי ארצות

You are as many a person as the number of lanugages you know.
Austria s

A light is still a light – even though the blind man cannot see it.
Azerbaijan דגלי ארצות

It’s not shameful not to know, but it’s shameful not to ask.
Belgium דגלי ארצות

He who does not wish for little things does not deserve big things.

Benin דגלי ארצות

Anyone who see beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. 
Bosnia דגלי ארצות

The eyes of cheats are always full of tears
Brazil דגלי ארצות

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.
Bulgaria דגלי ארצות A tree falls the way it leans.
Burma alt

One sesame seed won’t make oil.
Cameroon s

A chattering bird builds no nest.
China דגלי ארצות

A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths.
Congo  דגלי ארצות

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

Life is shot but a smile takes barely a second.
Czech Republic
Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.
Denmark דגלי ארצות Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
Egypt דגלי ארצות

God loves him who cares for the poor more than him who respects the wealthy.
England דגלי ארצות

A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.
Ethiopia s

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

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.


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

The eyeless ant asks God for eye-lashes.
Germany דגלי ארצות

A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
Ghana alt

Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.
Greece דגלי ארצות

Great abilities produce great vices as well as virtues.
Guinea alt

He who has done evil, expects evil.
Haiti דגלי ארצות

Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river.
Hebrew / Jewish דגלי ארצות

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

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

Hindu דגלי ארצות

Never strike your wife, even with a flower.
Hungary דגלי ארצות

Where ambition ends, happiness begins.
Iceland alt

He who lives without discipline dies without honor.
India דגלי ארצות

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

Acquaintance without patience is like a candle with no light.
Ireland דגלי ארצות

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

Italy דגלי ארצות

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

When you go to a donkey’s house, don’t talk about. ears.
Japan דגלי ארצות
1. Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.

2. Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Kenya דגלי ארצות Having a good discussion is like having riches.
Korea, South דגלי ארצות

Aim high in your career but stay humble in your heart.
Kurdish alt

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


Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.

Lebanon דגלי ארצות

Lower your voice, strengthen your argument.

Madagascar דגלי ארצות

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

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

Where the heart loves, there the legs walk.
Mexico דגלי ארצות

It’s not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall.
Morocco דגלי ארצות

Evening promises are like butter: morning comes, and it’s all melted.
Netherlands alt A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
New Zealand alt The more you ask how much longer it will take, the longer the journey will seem.
Niger דגלי ארצות Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
Nigeria דגלי ארצות

The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite.
Norway דגלי ארצות Luck is loaned, not owned.
Palestinian s
You will not dare mistreat the face you see in the morning.
Philippines phillipns
People who never break things first will never learn to create anything.
Poland דגלי ארצות
The greatest love is a mother’s, then a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s.
Portugal דגלי ארצות

Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.
Romania דגלי ארצות
Eating and scratching want but a beginning.
Russia דגלי ארצות
Success and rest don’t sleep together.
Rwanda דגלי ארצות You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
Samoa s
Stones decay; words last.
Saudi Arabia דגלי ארצות
A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
Scotland alt
Be slow in choosing a friend but slower in changing him.
Senegal s
The opportunity that God sends does not wake up him who sleeps.
Sicily s

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
Sierra Leone s
To try and fail is not laziness.
Slovenia s
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
Somalia דגלי ארצות
Where I make my living, there is my home.
South Africa s
He who has no intelligence is happy with it.
Spain דגלי ארצות
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.

Sweden דגלי ארצות
Don’t throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Switzerland דגלי ארצות
Better to sell with regret than to keep with regret.
Tanzania דגלי ארצות
The roaring lion kills no game.
Thailand s

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

Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts.

Turkey דגלי ארצות
Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
Uganda דגלי ארצות

Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed.
Ukraine דגלי ארצות

Only when you have eaten a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is.
United States דגלי ארצות

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

2. The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
Vietnam דגלי ארצות

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

Without perseverance, talent is a barren bed.
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t over sleep.
Yugoslavia alt

Life is like a game in which God shuffles the cards, the devil deals them and we have to play the trumps.
Zen s
If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
Zimbabwe דגלי ארצות
If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.

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