99 Short proverbs about life (you’ll just love No 54)

Short proverbs about lifeTravel around the world, and you’ll hear so many insightful, short proverbs about life and how best to deal with it.

Now I believe that the best education you can have is at the University of Life.

In my time at the University of Life, I’ve travelled to more than 70 countries, and I now have several journals of proverbs from around the world that I’ve collected along the way.

So, today I’ve put together another batch of those short proverbs about life that appeal to me.

In the era of COVID-19, in particular, Number 54 resonated with me.

So take a few minutes to reflect on them all, and then see how many of these little bite-sized pieces of wisdom you can work into your day.

Short proverbs about life (1-20):

  1. Even silence speaks. ~Hausa Proverb
  2. A stumble is not a fall. ~Haitian Proverb
  3. As you teach, you learn. ~Jewish Proverb
  4. Need is a bad negotiator. ~Icelandic Proverb
  5. Blame is a lazy man’s wage. ~Danish Proverb
  6. The bitter heart eats its owner. ~Bantu Proverb
  7. Mewing cats catch no mice. ~Georgian Proverb
  8. Nothing is easy to the unwilling. ~Gaelic Proverb
  9. All married women or not wives. ~Japanese Proverb
  10. A big chair does not make a king. ~Sudanese Proverb
  11. No road is long with good company. ~Turkish Proverb
  12. Prepare your proof before you argue. ~Jewish Proverb
  13. When deeds speak, words are nothing. ~African Proverb
  14. Ask for advice, then use your head. ~Norwegian Proverb
  15. Evil thoughts often come from idleness. ~Gaelic Proverb
  16. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. ~Kurdish Proverb
  17. It’s easier to give orders than to work. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  18. A bad worker always blames his tools. ~Traditional Proverb
  19. Always tell the truth in the form of a joke. ~Armenian Proverb
  20. The noisiest drum has nothing but air inside. ~Filipino Proverb

Short proverbs about life (21-40):

  1. A disease known is half cured. ~Irish Proverb
  2. A contented man is always rich. ~Latin Proverb
  3. Locks keep out only the honest. ~Jewish Proverb
  4. Useful trees are cut down first. ~ Korean Proverb
  5. Gold glitters even in the mud. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  6. A dog with a bone knows no friend. ~Dutch Proverb
  7. As he thinks in his heart, so he is. ~Jewish Proverb
  8. A man dies when he stops working. ~Hebrew Proverb
  9. Promised berries will not fill the basket. ~Latvian Proverb
  10. He who puts up with insults invites injury. ~Jewish Proverb
  11. The wise man will be cheated only once. ~Finnish Proverb
  12. Examine what’s said, not who is speaking. ~African Proverb
  13. A man is known by the company he keeps. ~Gaelic Proverb
  14. Put it off for one day, and ten days will pass. ~Korean Proverb
  15. For every wise man, there’s one who’s still wiser. ~Kurdish Proverb
  16. Bad is called good when worse happens. ~Norwegian Proverb
  17. If you can’t use your eyes, follow your nose. ~Latvian Proverb
  18. People show their character through what they laugh at. ~German Proverb
  19. Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river. ~Haitian Proverb
  20. Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles. ~Indonesian Proverb

Short proverbs about life (41-60):

  1. A fish gets bigger when it gets away. ~Japanese Proverb
  2. You cannot strike a face that is smiling. ~Korean Proverb
  3. The wise man will be cheated only once. ~Finnish Proverb
  4. He who knows nothing doubts nothing. ~Brazilian Proverb
  5. Five fingers are brothers, but not equals. ~Afghan Proverb
  6. Against stupidity, God himself is helpless. ~Jewish Proverb
  7. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth. ~Irish Proverb
  8. Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake. ~Persian Proverb
  9. Nothing is difficult if you’re used to it. ~Indonesian proverb
  10. Make a friend when you don’t need one. ~Jamaican Proverb
  11. Who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure. ~Jewish Proverb
  12. By getting angry, you show you’re wrong. ~Malagasy Proverb
  13. Eggs have no business dancing with stones. ~Haitian Proverb
  14. Do it today. Tomorrow it might be forbidden. ~Finnish Proverb
  15. A man grows most tired while standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. ~Jewish Proverb
  17. Boil the water and the scum will rise to the top. ~Berber Proverb
  18. You can’t take the milk back from the coffee. ~Jamaican Proverb
  19. No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. ~Jewish Proverb
  20. A mother understands what a child does not say. ~Jewish Proverb

Short proverbs about life (61-80):

  1. Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile. ~Jewish Proverb
  2. If you’re not going to bite, don’t show your teeth. ~Ivorian Proverb
  3. Listen with one ear, be suspicious with the other. ~Laotian Proverb
  4. Bargain like a gypsy but pay like a gentleman. ~Hungarian Proverb
  5. A dog that barks all the time gets no attention. ~Argentine Proverb
  6. To a starving man, bread is sweeter than honey. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  7. Never beat a snake when you haven’t seen its head. ~Swazi Proverb
  8. The only truly dead are those who’ve been forgotten. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. Give a blind man eyes and he will ask for eyebrows. ~Georgian Proverb
  10. Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river. ~Haitian Proverb
  11. Lower your voice and strengthen your argument. ~Lebanese Proverb
  12. Those who can’t dance say the music is no good. ~Jamaican Proverb
  13. A bad word whispered will echo one hundred miles. ~Chinese Proverb
  14. A fool and water will go the way they are directed. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  15. When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby. ~Jewish Proverb
  16. Only your friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Burmese Proverb
  17. He that is unkind to his own will not be kind to others. ~Galician Proverb
  18. A closed mouth and open eyes never did anyone harm. ~German Proverb
  19. The Sun does not forget a village just because it is small. ~African Proverb
  20. The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to know one. ~Jewish Proverb

Short proverbs about life (81-99):

  1. A good conversation is better than a good bed. ~Ethiopian proverb
  2. Romance without finance doesn’t stand a chance. African-American Proverb
  3. Be happy while you’re living for you’re a long time dead. ~Scottish Proverb
  4. A joke is often the hole through which the truth whistles. ~Japanese Proverb
  5. The coroner and the lawyer grow fat on the quarrels of fools. ~Gaelic Proverb
  6. Keep your eye on girls that don’t tell the mothers everything. ~Luxembourg Proverb.
  7. Never wrestle with a strong man, not bring a rich man to court. ~Latvian Proverb
  8. Don’t be so much in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining. ~Malagasy Proverb
  9. If there were no fools, how would we recognise the wise? ~Norwegian Proverb
  10. Offer the lazy man an egg, and he’ll want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  11. A chameleon does not leave one tree until he’s sure of another. ~Arab Proverb
  12. What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. ~Jewish Proverb
  13. Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut. ~Korean Proverb
  14. Consider the fact seven times before you suspect someone. ~Japanese Proverb
  15. Be sure that the candle is lit before you throw away the match. ~Creole Proverb
  16. Cold tea and cold rice are bearable, but cold looks and cold words are not. ~Japanese Proverb
  17. Offer the lazy man an egg, and he will want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  18. If the rich could hire someone else to die, the poor would make a wonderful living. ~Jewish Proverb
  19. Better to have a thousand enemies outside the house than to have one single enemy inside it. ~Lebanese Proverb

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50 Arabic proverbs to inspire you today

Arabic ProverbsDiscover the timeless wisdom of the Arab world with this carefully curated collection of Arabic proverbs.

Hand-picked from a rich cultural heritage spanning centuries, these proverbs offer a unique window into the values and beliefs of the Arab people.

From reflections on life and love to insightful sayings about human nature and the world around us, this list is packed with thought-provoking and inspiring proverbs that are sure to enlighten you.

So, take a journey through time and explore the beauty and depth of these Arabic proverbs and see if you can add one or two of them to your conversations today.

And please feel free to pass them on.

Arabic Proverbs (1-25):

  1. Every sun must set.
  2. Haste makes waste.
  3. Time is made of gold.
  4. Be contrary, be known.
  5. Planning is half of living.
  6. A tree begins with a seed.
  7. There’s always tomorrow.
  8. A tree is known by its fruit.
  9. A hungry belly has no ears.
  10. If the winds blow, use them.
  11. Silence is a sign of approval.
  12. Distance equals disaffection.
  13. Blood does not become water.
  14. Think it through and trust God.
  15. Time is a cure for every illness.
  16. A hint is enough for a wise man.
  17. Whatever is forbidden is desired.
  18. Laughing without a reason is rude.
  19. An envious person is the unhappiest.
  20. He who has no shame has no honour.
  21. Avoid that which requires an apology.
  22. Winds do not blow as the vessels wish.
  23. The wisest is the one who can forgive.
  24. Determination is the key to everything.
  25. The first one to apologize is the bravest.

Arabic Proverbs (26-50):

  1. Wishing does not make a poor man rich.
  2. The smarter you are, the less you speak.
  3. A great man is one who serves humanity.
  4. The cure for ignorance is asking questions.
  5. Get on with your neighbours or move away.
  6. It’s better to be alone than in bad company.
  7. With care do you realize your opportunities.
  8. He who plays with the cat will find his claws.
  9. Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
  10. Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
  11. Anger begins with madness but ends in regret.
  12. He who desires success must sit up many nights
  13. The stingy have large porches and little morality.
  14. A true friend is one who shows up in times of need.
  15. May God bless the visitors who don’t stay too long.
  16. A servant who has two masters lies to one of them.
  17. It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
  18. Choose your neighbours before you choose your home.
  19. A single good deed is better than a thousand intentions.
  20. The best people are those who are most useful to others.
  21. The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.
  22. Everyone is critical of the flaws of others, but blind to their own.
  23. It’s better to fix what you have than wait to get what you don’t have.
  24. A man of two minds is a liar, and a man of three minds is a hypocrite.
  25. You can build all the houses you want but, eventually, you’ll leave them all and go to your grave alone.

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