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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101 Proverbs that everyone should know

ProverbsThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings which express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So, see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs:

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine-tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave
  26. Give credit where credit’s due
  27. Children and fools tell the truth
  28. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  29. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  30. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  31. Once a thief, always a thief
  32. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  33. If anything can go wrong, it will
  34. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  35. Into every life a little rain must fall
  36. It never rains but it pours
  37. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  38. There’s an exception to every rule
  39. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  40. The early bird catches the worm
  41. Once bitten, twice shy
  42. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  43. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  44. Least said, soonest mended
  45. Let the buyer beware
  46. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  47. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  48. Many are called but few are chosen
  49. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  50. Necessity is the mother of invention
  51. ProverbsNever give a sucker an even break
  52. No pain, no gain
  53. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  54. Oil and water don’t mix
  55. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  56. One good turn deserves another
  57. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  58. Prevention is better than cure
  59. Procrastination is the thief of time
  60. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  61. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  62. Still waters run deep
  63. Stupid is as stupid does
  64. Talk is cheap
  65. The apple never falls far from the tree
  66. The customer’s always right
  67. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  68. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  69. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  70. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  71. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  72. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  73. You can’t win them all
  74. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  75. You reap what you sow
  76. The Devil is in the details
  77. The end justifies the means
  78. The exception which proves the rule
  79. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  80. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  81. In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king
  82. The pen is mightier than sword
  83. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  84. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  85. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  86. Familiarity breeds contempt
  87. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  88. There’s one born every minute
  89. There’s safety in numbers
  90. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  91. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  92. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  93. Time and tide wait for no man
  94. Time is money
  95. To the victor go the spoils
  96. Tomorrow never comes
  97. Truth is stranger than fiction
  98. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  99. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  100. You win some, you lose some
  101. Youth is wasted on the young

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21 common sayings and what they all mean

Common SayingsCommon sayings or proverbs are simple sayings that express an essential truth based on common sense, experience and/or the wisdom of the ancients.

Proverbs that describe a basic rule of conduct are particularly useful and well-worth remembering.

Today I offer you 21 thought-provoking proverbs and common sayings with an explanation as to what they all mean.

You would do well to remember some of these, I think.

Common Sayings:

1. Be contrary; be known

To be successful visibility matters. That means you must stand out in the crowd. And you can’t stand out in the crowd if you’re just like everyone else. You must be an original not a copy.

2. Man who chases two rabbits catches neither

Learn to keep the main thing the main thing. Focus matters if you want to be successful. Try to do too many things and you won’t do any of them very well. And if you fail to do anything well then you’re unlikely to be successful.

3. Knowledge is power

Learning is a lifelong process and you should be educating yourself constantly. However, there is a more important point here. When negotiating in business the more you know about the other side, their needs, the pressures their under, and what they’re willing to pay and/or concede, the more likely you are to get what you want. Never underestimate the power of information.

4. When in Rome do as the Romans do

If you want to be successful in business around the world then show some respect for other people and the way they do things. Culture is simply ‘the way things are done around here‘. No one culture is better than another. They are just different that’s all. So just because something might appear odd relative to what is considered ‘normal’ in your culture doesn’t make it wrong. Embrace difference and enjoy every new cultural experience.

5. Fortune favours the brave

If you want to live life to the full then it starts outside your comfort zone. Go for the low hanging fruit and the easy tasks and you won’t grow. Fail to take any risks and you’re unlikely to experience any significant rewards either. You can only be successful if you go after what you really want and that means you must take a few risks along the way. Remember this; risk and reward go together.

6. Hope for the best; prepare for the worst

If you want to be successful then be prepared for the rain because occasionally it will rain. Hope for permanent sunshine by all means but make sure you’re ready for the days when the sun refuses to shine and you need an umbrella.

Common Sayings7. A picture’s worth a thousand words

To be successful being able to communicate effectively is an important skill to develop. That means you need to know how to get a message across and often the most powerful way to deliver a message and make a point is often with a picture.

8. There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Everything comes with a price tag. There will always be a cost somewhere even if it’s not immediately apparent. The cost may not be financial but there will be a cost. Make sure you know what it is and make sure you’re willing to pay the price before you agree to anything.

9. Actions speak louder than words

Talk is cheap. It’s not what you say; it’s what you do and what you deliver that will make a difference. And if you want to be successful then you will need to make a difference.

10. Practice makes perfect

Every master began as a complete beginner. Mastery is achieved by becoming a student of your craft and practising constantly until you are the best at what you do. And if you want to be successful then you will need to be amongst the best at what you do.

11. Easy come; easy go

You will only truly appreciate that which has cost you in blood, sweat and tears. Success obtained easily is difficult to sustain. Easy money is easily squandered. It’s almost like you feel you’re not entitled to it, if it all came too easy to you.

12. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

As they say in the north of England, ‘There’s brass in muck’. Meaning just because something appears to be no longer of use doesn’t mean it can’t be put to good use and can’t represent an excellent business opportunity. Old furniture can be restored. An old bicycle frame can be used in the making of some other item. Money can be made from the oddest things, and even plain old rubbish.

13. Familiarity breeds contempt

If your career is starting to gain traction and you’ve been promoted to management then remember this; there must always be a little bit of distance between you and the troops you manage. You cannot be too familiar with people you manage if you want their respect. Yes, take an interest in people. Yes, show them you care occasionally. However, you can’t be their buddy. That doesn’t work.

14. Don’t judge a book by its cover

First impressions can be powerful and often they can be accurate too. However, they’re not always accurate so it is dangerous to form an opinion based on your first impression alone.

Common Sayings15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

When it comes to money and savings, diversity is the name of the game. As you become successful, a good income should follow. Make sure you start building some capital and make sure you spread it around a bit. Put all your financial eggs in one basket and calamity could follow.

16. The squeaky wheel gets the most oil

Don’t be afraid to complain when things aren’t right. If you want something resolved be prepared to make a noise. Wait patiently and you’re unlikely to find anyone keen to help you. They’re all too busy. Sometimes you need to be a nuisance if you’re going to get attention.

17. Honesty is the best policy

The problem with telling lies is that you need to have a very good memory and it’s very easy to get caught out. Tell the truth and you don’t need to remember anything. All you have to do is say exactly what happened or what you said, et cetera. Being honest makes life easier and it also makes it less stressful.

18. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink

There is only so much you can do for people. Offer to help them by all means but if they choose not to accept your offer then just leave it there. You can’t force someone to do something nor can you force them to accept your help or advice.

19. Keep friends close and enemies closer

There’s no point in fighting with your enemy. That won’t get you very far. It’s better to adopt cordial relations to keep them close. Keep them close and you can keep an eye on them. That way you’ll know what they’re up to and know what they’re planning too. Use your head not your heart in these matters.

20. Two heads are better than one

It is a fact that when people get their heads together the results are usually much better than one person’s thinking alone. Particularly with creative work, ideas bounce off each other and as those ideas come together the results can be exceptional.

21. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Treat other people in the way you’d prefer them to treat you. Show them respect and you’re much more likely to get their respect. Don’t be mean with people. You wouldn’t like it and neither will they. People will respond warmly to you if you are warm and kind to them.

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10 short inspirational quotes to increase your motivation

Short inspirational quotes Do you have a problem getting enthusiastic about what you’re doing? Here are 10 short inspirational quotes to help you increase your motivation.

Short inspirational quotes:

  1. Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Bernard Meltzer
  2. The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing. ~Arab Proverb
  3. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
  4. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~George Burns
  5. If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. ~Juliana Hatfield
  6. You have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. What you accomplish depends on how wisely they are used. ~Roy Sutton
  7. You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Bernard Meltzer
  8. Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. ~Author Unknown
  9. True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. ~Author Unknown
  10. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain

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