This is part one of Proverbs From Around the World. You can find the N to Z proverbs by clicking here.
William Penn wrote, “The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answers.”
Anonymous, that prolific pontificator, wrote, “Proverbs are the cream of a nation’s thought.”
These are by no means the only proverbs from around the world, Nor are they the best. They are simply those that I happened to read and like. Feel free to add your own.
Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
Two leaps per chasm is fatal.
One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.
Behind an able man there are always other able men.
Blessings never come in pairs; misfortunes never come alone
What can be done at any time is never done at all.
As bad as marrying the devil’s daughter and living with the old folks.
What you are afraid of overtakes you.
Everything passes, everything perishes, everything palls.
Too clever is dumb.
An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
The cobra will bite you whether you call it Cobra or Mr. Cobra.
It is better to be a coward for one minute than dead for the rest of your life.
Patience cures many an old complaint.
When the apple is ripe, it will fall.
The best way to get praise is to die.
There is no thief like a bad book.
By asking for the impossible, we obtain the best possible.
The reverse side also has a reverse side.
To teach is to learn.
A man in love mistakes a pimple for a dimple.
The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.
A good husand is healthy and absent.
At the first cup man drinks wine; at the second cup wine drinks wine; at the third cup wine drinks man.
If the rich could hire people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living
Pat Bertram is the author of the conspiracy novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+