101 inspirational proverbs from around the world

101 Proverbs from around the worldI find proverbs inspirational and I’ve been collecting some more proverbs from around the world.

I thought readers might find it interesting if I shared some of them.

So here are 101 great proverbs, which I hope will inspire.

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Proverbs from around the world (1 – 20):

  1. Mewing cats catch no mice. ~Georgian Proverb
  2. To begin is easy, to persist is art. ~German Proverb
  3. Anger and madness are brothers. ~African Proverb
  4. He who is guilty has much to say. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  5. Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb
  6. A man dies when he stops working. ~Hebrew Proverb
  7. Nothing seems expensive on credit. ~Czech Proverb
  8. Wisdom has long ears and a short tongue. ~Swedish Proverb
  9. A man grows most tired while standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. ~Jewish Proverb
  11. A fool cannot undo the knot tied by a wise man. ~African Proverb
  12. A good neighbour increases the value if your property. ~Czech Proverb
  13. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. ~Irish Proverb
  14. Don’t tell the man who’s carrying you that he stinks. ~African Proverb
  15. Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to be called old. ~Icelandic Proverb
  16. Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe. ~American Proverb
  17. When the character of a man is not clear, look at his friends. ~Japanese Proverb
  18. A man profits more by the spectacle of a fool than by the speeches of the wise. ~African Proverb
  19. The child who’s not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel the warmth. ~African Proverb
  20. The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them. ~Turkish Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (21 – 40):

  1. Need is a bad negotiator. ~Icelandic Proverb
  2. Gold, when beaten, shines. ~Peruvian Proverb
  3. The bitter heart eats its owner. ~Bantu Proverb
  4. A closed mouth catches no flies. ~French Proverb
  5. Truth is the first victim of war. ~African Proverb
  6. A tree doesn’t fall with one blow. ~Yiddish Proverb
  7. Character can be built on daily routine. ~Japanese Proverb
  8. Only a fool tests the water with both feet. ~African Proverb
  9. A talkative bird will not build a nest. ~West African Proverb
  10. The longer the tongue, the shorter the hands. ~Czech Proverb
  11. Worries go down better with soup than without. ~Jewish Proverb
  12. There is a deep-sea between saying and doing. ~Italian Proverb
  13. Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles. ~Indonesian Proverb
  14. Persistence can grind an iron beam into a needle. ~Chinese Proverb
  15. A mother will understand what her dumb son says. ~Georgian Proverb
  16. A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing. ~Irish Proverb
  17. Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once. ~Turkish Proverb
  18. Luck sometimes visits a fool, but it never sits down with him. ~German Proverb
  19. Rejoice not at thine enemy’s fall, but don’t rush to pick him up either. ~Jewish Proverb
  20. A doctor will take care of the rich man; the poor man is cured with work. ~Polish Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (41 – 60):

  1. Blame is a lazy man’s wages. ~Danish Proverb
  2. A contented man is always rich. ~Latin Proverb
  3. A speaker of truth has no friends. ~African Proverb
  4. Silence is a fence around wisdom. ~German Proverb
  5. When deeds speak, words are nothing. ~African Proverb
  6. Bad is called good when worse happens. ~Norwegian Proverb
  7. The mother of idiots is always pregnant. ~Italian Proverb
  8. A man who cries all the time is not heard. ~African Proverb
  9. The smoother the path the easier it is to slip. ~Estonian Proverb
  10. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles. ~African Proverb
  11. Where you sit when you’re old shows where you stood in youth. ~African Proverb
  12. No matter the economy of the jungle, the lion will never eat grass. ~African Proverb
  13. Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter. ~African Proverb
  14. To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish. ~Chinese Proverb
  15. Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. The doctor demands his fees whether he has killed the illness or the patient. ~Polish Proverb
  17. Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a nation. ~African Proverb
  18. The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. ~Yiddish Proverb
  19. If men swear that they want to harm you when you’re asleep, you can go to sleep. If a woman says so, stay awake. ~African Proverb
  20. He who asks a question is a fool for a minute. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. ~Chinese Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (61 – 80):

  1. Who gives, has. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  2. Advisers run no risks. ~English Proverb
  3. Nothing is easy for the unwilling. ~Gaelic Proverb
  4. Adversity is the mother of wisdom. ~German Proverb
  5. Being happy is better than being king. ~African Proverb
  6. When the music changes, so does the dance. ~African Proverb
  7. f your face is ugly, you can’t blame the mirror. ~Chinese Proverb
  8. He who’s afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. ~Danish Proverb
  9. The eyes do not see what the mind does not want. ~Indian Proverb
  10. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it. ~Chinese Proverb
  11. Speak the truth but leave immediately afterwards. ~Slovenian Proverb
  12. A people without faith in themselves cannot survive. ~Chinese Proverb
  13. Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still. ~Japanese Proverb
  14. He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy. ~German Proverb
  15. Never promise a poor person, and never owe a rich one. ~Brazilian Proverb
  16. Everybody loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son. ~Ivorian Proverb
  17. Every time you laugh a nail is removed from your coffin. ~Honduran Proverb
  18. If you tell your secret to your friend, you will make him your master. ~Spanish Proverb
  19. If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep. ~Georgian Proverb
  20. Honorable is the person who is aware of their power, yet refrains from inflicting harm onto others. ~Egyptian Proverb

Proverbs from around the world (81 – 101):

  1. Hate as no medicine. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  2. A dog with a bone knows no friend. ~Dutch Proverb
  3. A blind cat catches only a dead rat. ~Chinese Proverb
  4. Day has its eyes, night has its ears. ~Japanese Proverb
  5. Pride is the mask of one’s own faults. ~Jewish Proverb
  6. He that promises most will perform least. ~Gaelic Proverb
  7. A slave does not choose his master. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  8. A tailless dog cannot express his joy. ~Albanian Proverb
  9. Beloved children have many names. ~Hungarian Proverb
  10. Ask for advice then use your head. ~Norwegian Proverb
  11. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. ~Turkish Proverb
  12. An idiot is eloquent when he stays silent. ~Japanese Proverb
  13. Always tell the truth in the form of a joke. ~Armenian Proverb
  14. A dog that barks all the time gets little attention. ~Argentine Proverb
  15. Choose your company before you choose your drink. ~Gaelic Proverb
  16. Familiarity breeds contempt; distance brings respect. ~African Proverb
  17. He who is unkind to his own will not be kind to others. ~Galician Proverb
  18. Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Burmese Proverb
  19. Offer the lazy man an egg and he’ll want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  20. Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing. ~African Proverb
  21. Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. ~Turkish Proverb

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