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

German Proverb

Tell the truth, but keep one foot in the stirrup.

Arabian proverb

Faith will move mountains.

A lie has no legs, but scandalous wings.

Japanese proverb

Act honestly, and answer boldly.

Danish proverb

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.

Chinese proverb

Truth is the safest lie.

Jewish Proverb

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.

Latin proverb

The nail that stands out will be hammered down.

Japanese proverb

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

English Proverb

Wise is the child that knows its father.

English proverb

I scowled because I had no shoes on my feet, until further down the street I saw a man with no feet at all.

Persian proverb

To marry once is a duty, twice a folly, thrice is madness.

Dutch Proverb

Who has no children does not know what life is.


When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

saying (unknown origin)

Waste not, want not.

English proverb (18th c.)

Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight.

Scottish proverb

Walls for the wind,
a roof for the rain
and tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you
and all that your heart might desire.

Irish Blessing

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Chinese proverb

Only a fool tests the water with both feet.

African proverb

It is a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

Unknown (commonly attrib. Anonymous)

A ship on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea.

Dutch Proverb

May the Lord welcome you in Heaven, at least an hour before the Devil knows you’re dead.

This too shall pass.

Hebrew saying

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.

Spanish Proverb