31 Proverbs about life from around the world

Proverbs about lifeDo you enjoy those short, pithy sayings that encapsulate an essential truth? I refer to those sayings that wiser folk often tell us to shine a light on a particular aspect of life. If you do, then I’ve put together some proverbs about life from around the world.

Wherever you go proverbs form an essential element of the culture. And that’s because, regardless of culture, the human condition is universal. As people, we have much more in common than those things that separate us.

So take a moment to reflect on these proverbs about life and the human condition. How many of them resonate with you, dear reader?

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Proverbs about life (1-15):

  1. If you want to be criticized, marry. ~Irish Proverb
  2. A speaker of truth has no friends. African Proverb
  3. Nothing is difficult if one wants it. ~Polish Proverb
  4. God is the comfort of the poor. ~Georgian Proverb
  5. One spot stains the whole dress. ~Belgian Proverb
  6. He who is guilty has much to say. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  7. Do not draw your sword to kill a fly. ~Korean Proverb
  8. Pride is the mask of one’s own faults. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. A bad tree does not yield good apples. ~Danish Proverb
  10. Beginning is easy, continuing is hard. ~Japanese Proverb
  11. A bad son gives his mother a bad name. ~Ivorian Proverb
  12. Promised berries will not fill the basket. ~Latvian Proverb
  13. He who puts up with insults invites injury. ~Jewish Proverb
  14. Only a fool tests the water with both feet. ~African Proverb
  15. A man grows most tired while standing still. ~Chinese Proverbs

Proverbs about life (16-31):

  1. He who wants a rose must respect the thorns. ~Persian Proverb
  2. A letter from the heart can be read on the face. ~Swahili Proverb
  3. There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. ~Gaelic Proverb
  4. Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile. ~Jewish Proverb
  5. Who’s talking the truth, does not need a lot of words. ~Polish Proverb
  6. A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing. ~Jewish Proverb
  7. Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains. ~Yiddish Proverb
  8. A dog will always be a dog, even if it is raised by lions. ~Lebanese Proverb
  9. Let the devil into church and he will climb into the pulpit. ~Latvian Proverb
  10. A brave man will face a situation no matter how dreadful. ~Filipino Proverb
  11. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. ~African Proverb
  12. Luck sometimes visits a fool, but it never sits down with him. ~German Proverb
  13. Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to be called old. ~Icelandic Proverb
  14. If you tell your secret to your friend, you‘ll make him your master. ~Spanish Proverb
  15. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep. ~Georgian Proverb

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