Inspiring Proverbs

Inspiring Proverbs

The waiting man gets the wind behind him. Swedish Proverb

The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be. Chinese Proverb

Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb

The bee has a sting but honey too. Swedish Proverb

Nothing is impossible for a willing heart. French Proverb

God gives to those who get up early. Russian Proverb

You need a sharp axe for a tough dough. Russian Proverb

Don't put all your eggs in one basket. English Proverb

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. American Proverb

A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off. Chinese Proverb

The first step is always the hardest. American Proverb

There will be bumps in the smoothest roads. French Proverb

The sun will shine into our yard too. Russian Proverb

Best Chances will become Odds if you don't react in time. Indian Proverb

You're never too old to learn. American Proverb

Where there's a will there's a way. English Proverb

People feel it when they have it. Indian Proverb

Don't sit among scoffers. Swedish Proverb

Even a stone gets rounded by constant rubbing. Indian Proverb

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser. Chinese Proverb

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. English Proverb

Envy is the companion of great success. Swedish Proverb

It's better to keep what little you have, than to risk it for something more. American Proverb

Who is everywhere is nowhere. Swedish Proverb

A man who chases two rabbits catches none. Roman Proverb

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. Chinese Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a month -- get married. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else. Chinese Proverb

Vincit qui se vincit He conquers who conquers himself. Latin Proverb

Dum spiro, spero While I breathe, I hope. Latin Proverb

Qui audet adipiscitur He who dares wins. Latin Proverb

Possunt quia posse videntur They can because they seem to be able to. Latin Proverb

Per aspera ad astra! Through difficulties to the stars! Latin Proverb

Nulli secundus Second to none. Latin Proverb

Dum vita est, spes est While there's life, there's hope. Latin Proverb

Nil desperandum Never despair. Latin Proverb

Aut vincere aut mori Either to conquer or to die. Latin Proverb

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam (Hannibal) I'll either find a way or make one. Latin Proverb

Faber est quisque fortunae suae Every man is architect of his own fortune. Latin Proverb

Si vis amari, ama (Annaeus Seneca, a.k.a. Seneca the Elder, Epistularum Moralium Ad Lucilium) If you wish to be loved, love. Latin Proverb

Nonest ad astra mollis e terris via (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) The way from earth to the stars is not peaceful. Latin Proverb

Ipsa scientia potestas est (Sir Francis Bacon) Knowledge itself is power. Latin Proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese Proverb

Don't set sail on someone else's star. African Proverb

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something. African Proverb

A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not. African Proverb

If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree. African Proverb

It is not what you are called, but what you answer to. African Proverb

A chattering bird builds no nest. African Proverb

If you run after two hares you will catch neither. African Proverb

When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it. African Proverb

For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. African Proverb

A little impatience will spoil great plans. Chinese Proverb

Even a hare will bite when it is cornered. Chinese Proverb

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Chinese Proverb

If you bow at all, bow low. Chinese Proverb

A smile will gain you ten more years of life. Chinese Proverb

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb

A book holds a house of gold. Chinese Proverb

Talk does not cook rice. Chinese Proverb

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. Chinese Proverb

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb

Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest. Chinese Proverb

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser. Chinese Proverb

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. Chinese Proverb

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese Proverb

An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold. Chinese Proverb

Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. American Proverb

Good weight and measure, are heaven's treasure. American Proverb

If you desire many things, many things will be seem but a few. American Proverb

Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of. American Proverb

Wishes won't wash dishes. American Proverb

A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine. American Proverb

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. American Proverb

Necessity never made a good bargain. American Proverb

Here today, gone tomorrow. American Proverb

Variety is the spice of life. American Proverb

From little acorns mighty oaks do grow. American Proverb

Hope is a good breakfast, but a poor supper. American Proverb

A good neighbour is better than a brother far off. Danish Proverb

Break one link and the whole chain falls apart. Danish Proverb

"It will come back," said the man, when he gave his sow pork. Danish Proverb

A slip of the foot may soon be recovered; but that of the tongue perhaps never. Danish Proverb

Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Danish Proverb

Faults are thick where love is thin. Danish Proverb

A crowd is not company. Danish Proverb

It is best to be on the safe side. Danish Proverb

A fool only wins the first game. Danish Proverb

Keep your nose out of another's mess. Danish Proverb

A friend's frown is better than a fool's smile. Danish Proverb

Better a little furniture than an empty house. Danish Proverb

Many hands make light work. English Proverb

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. English Proverb

A bad penny always turns up. English Proverb

Grasp no more than thy hand will hold. English Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. English Proverb

Actions speak louder than words. English Proverb

You are never to old to learn. English Proverb

A bicycle can't stand on its own because it's two-tired. English Proverb

A stumble may prevent a fall. English Proverb

If you want to judge a man's character, give him power. English Proverb

If wishes were horses beggars might ride. English Proverb

The future is purchased by the present. French Proverb

A clear conscience is a good pillow. French Proverb

A friend is known in time of need. French Proverb

A healthy man is a successful man. French Proverb

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on. French Proverb

Bear with evil and expect good. French Proverb

A stitch in time saves nine. French Proverb

A rolling stone gathers no moss. French Proverb

Learning is there for every man. French Proverb

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume. French Proverb

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. French Proverb

Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom. French Proverb

He who begins many things finishes but few. Italian Proverb

Anger can be an expensive luxury. Italian Proverb

Better give a penny then lend twenty. Italian Proverb

Give time time. Italian Proverb

Necessity becomes will. Italian Proverb

The habit doesn't make a monk. Italian Proverb

One who sleeps doesn't catch fish. Italian Proverb

Silence was never written down. Italian Proverb

The liar needs a good memory. Italian Proverb

He who does not when he can, cannot when he will. Italian Proverb

Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep. Italian Proverb

A good retreat is better than a bad stand. Irish Proverb

Time is a great story teller. Irish Proverb

The work praises the man. Irish Proverb

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Irish Proverb

A change of work is as good as a rest. Irish Proverb

A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle. Japanese Proverb

Art is the illusion of spontaneity. Japanese Proverb

Let what is past flow away downstream. Japanese Proverb

Adversity is the foundation of virtue. Japanese Proverb

Art is the illusion of spontaneity. Japanese Proverb

You can know ten things by learning one. Japanese Proverb

Ten men, ten minds. Japanese Proverb

When you're thirsty it's too late to think about digging a well. Japanese Proverb

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. Japanese Proverb

Better to be a crystal and to be broken, than to be a tile upon the housetop. Japanese Proverb

One kind word can warm three winter months. Japanese Proverb

Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear. Japanese Proverb

There are no national frontiers to learning. Japanese Proverb

Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred. Korean Proverb

Cast no dirt into the well that gives you water. Korean Proverb

Even if the sky falls on you, there is a hole that you can escape from. Korean Proverb

The deeper the waters are, the more still they run. Korean Proverb

A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out. Korean Proverb

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut. Korean Proverb

Put off for one day and ten days will pass. Korean Proverb

Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles. Korean Proverb

A kitchen knife cannot carve its own handle. Korean Proverb

Gossip needs no carriage. Russian Proverb

Praise loudly, blame softly. Russian Proverb

Acknowledgement is half of correction. Russian Proverb

A kind word is like a Spring day. Russian Proverb

He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne. Russian Proverb

Every road has two directions. Russian Proverb

A small link will sink a great ship. Russian Proverb

Failure teaches you more than success. Russian Proverb

Every seed knows its time. Russian Proverb

Take time to smell the roses. Russian Proverb

Success and rest don't sleep together. Russian Proverb

You don't get something for nothing. Russian Proverb

To the grateful man give more than he asks. Spanish Proverb

A fifth wheel to a cart is but an encumbrance. Spanish Proverb

A tired person can sleep anywhere. Spanish Proverb

For a good appetite there is no hard bread. Spanish Proverb

The wise man does not hang his knowledge on a hook. Spanish Proverb

We do not know what is good until we have lost it. Spanish Proverb

If there be no remedy, why worry? Spanish Proverb

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never. Spanish Proverb

Home is where the heart is. Spanish Proverb

Who talks much, errs much. Spanish Proverb

Charity well regulated begins at home. Spanish Proverb

We'll just have to make do. Spanish Proverb

If and When were planted and Nothing grew. Turkish Proverb

Two captains sink the ship. Turkish Proverb

It is not disgraceful to ask, it is disgraceful not to ask. Turkish Proverb

A lake forms drop by drop. Turkish Proverb

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back. Turkish Proverb

Today's egg is better than tomorrow's hen. Turkish Proverb

Abundance is from activity. Turkish Proverb

He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. Turkish Proverb

Patience is the key to paradise. Turkish Proverb

Tomorrow is another day. Turkish Proverb

There is no right way to do a wrong thing. Turkish Proverb

Two heads are better than one. Turkish Proverb

A willful fault has no excuse, and deserves no pardon. Welsh Proverb

He understands badly who listens badly. Welsh Proverb

Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food. Welsh Proverb

Without perseverance talent is a barren bed. Welsh Proverb

The best candle is understanding. Welsh Proverb

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. Welsh Proverb

Adversity comes with instruction in his hand. Welsh Proverb

Your hand is never the worse for doing its own work. Welsh Proverb

If every man would sweep his own door-step the city would soon be clean. Welsh Proverb

Adversity and loss make a man wise. Welsh Proverb

Conscience is the nest where all good is hatched. Welsh Proverb

A watched clock never tells the time. Welsh Proverb

The advice of the aged will not mislead you. Welsh Proverb

The smoothest way is full of stones. Yiddish Proverb

The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. Yiddish Proverb

Confidence is half of victory. Yiddish Proverb

Interest on debts grow without rain. Yiddish Proverb

Had you gotten up early, you wouldn't have needed to stay up late. Yiddish Proverb

If you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm. Yiddish Proverb

Money doesn't grow on trees. Yiddish Proverb

Better ask ten times than go astray once. Yiddish Proverb

If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are. Yiddish Proverb

Make new friends, but don't forget the old ones. Yiddish Proverb

Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom. Yiddish Proverb

Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes. Yiddish Proverb

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