50 wise and wonderful proverbs from around the world

Proverbs from around the worldIf you enjoy those pithy sayings expressing a general truth then here are some wise and wonderful proverbs from around the world just to inspire you, dear reader.

Personally, I love proverbs and the more memorable they are, the more I feel inspired by them. And I think they’re great to use when you’re finishing off a presentation and you want to reinforce an underlying message.

Now people will often say that proverbs are little more than clichés but I disagree. Proverbs are the wisdom of the ancients and they do express general truths, regardless of how clichéd they seem to have become.

So take a few moments to review these proverbs and see whether there are any you can put to good use any in your daily life.

Proverbs from around the world: 1 – 20

  1. All beginnings are hard. ~German Proverb
  2. Well begun is half done. ~Italian Proverb
  3. Deceit sleeps with greed. ~Norse Proverb
  4. Be contrary and be known. ~Arab Proverb
  5. A tree is known by its fruit. ~Zulu Proverb
  6. A parasite cannot live alone. ~African Proverb
  7. The pillar of the world is hope. ~Nigerian Proverb
  8. The bitter heart eats its owner. ~Bantu Proverb
  9. A beautiful thing is never perfect. Egyptian Proverb
  10. Do not draw your sword to kill a fly. ~Korean Proverb
  11. Nothing seems expensive on credit. Czech Proverb
  12. Better to ask the way than go astray. ~Korean Proverb
  13. Sunshine all the time makes a desert. ~Arab Proverb
  14. Beware the person with nothing to lose. ~Italian Proverb
  15. Patience is bitter but it bears sweet fruit. ~Turkish Proverb
  16. He who begins many things finishes few. ~German Proverb
  17. Sharp acids corrode their own containers. ~Albanian Proverb
  18. While the grass grows, the steed starves. ~Romanian Proverb
  19. Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  20. Peace is costly, but it’s worth the expense. ~Kenyan Proverb

Proverbs from around the world: 21 – 40

  1. It is difficult to steal when the boss is a thief. ~Icelandic Proverb
  2. If you want to build high, you must dig deep. ~Mongolian Proverb
  3. He who wants a rose must respect the thorn. ~Persian Proverb
  4. A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog. ~Ukranian Proverb
  5. Do not scare the birds you are going to shoot. ~Malagasy Proverb
  6. If you speak too much, you will learn too little. ~Armenian Proverb
  7. Don’t bargain for fish that are still in the water. ~Indian Proverb
  8. There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. ~French Proverb
  9. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. The goat’s business is not the sheep’s business. ~Haitian Proverb
  11. Better to light a candle than curse the darkness. ~Chinese Proverb
  12. A joke is often a hole through which truth whistles. ~Japanese Proverb
  13. A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ~Congolese Proverb
  14. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles. ~African Proverb
  15. He that is unkind to his own will not be kind to others. ~Galician Proverb
  16. A donkey carrying a pile of holy books is still a donkey. ~Zen Proverb
  17. A dog will always be a dog, even if he is raised by lions. ~Lebanese Proverb
  18. He who buys what he does not need steals from himself. ~Swedish Proverb
  19. When poverty comes in the door, love goes out the window. ~English Proverb
  20. Never wrestle with a strong man nor bring a rich man to court. ~Latvian Proverb

Proverbs from around the worldProverbs from around the world: 41 – 50

  1. The coroner and the lawyer grow fat on the quarrels of fools. ~Gaelic Proverb
  2. A man in this world without learning is as the beast of the field. ~Hindu Proverb
  3. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything. ~Irish Proverb
  4. A fool says what he knows, and a wise man knows what he says. ~Yiddish Proverb
  5. When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. ~Japanese Proverb
  6. There is no shame in not knowing, the shame lies in not finding out. Russian Proverb
  7. Do not judge by appearances, a rich heart may be under a poor coat. ~Scottish Proverb
  8. What an old man can see while seated, a young man cannot see standing. ~Eritrean Proverb
  9. To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. ~Chinese Proverb
  10. If you want to know who your friends are, lie by the roadside and pretend to be drunk. ~Jamaican Proverb

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