Ethnic Expressions and Cultural Proverbs

Nothing can suffice a person except that which they have not.
~African American Expressions

Evil enters like a splinter and spreads like an oak tree.
~African Proverbs

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

~American Sayings and Expressions

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
~Arabian Proverbs

Be aware of the idiot, for he is like an old dress. Every time you patch it, the wind will tear it back again.
~Arabic Proverbs

Bobs your Uncle.

~British Expressions

All evil done clings to the body
~Buddhist Proverbs

A sweet word can open even the iron door.

~Bulgarian Expressions and Sayings

He was sowing his wild oats, but hoping for crop failure
~Canadian Sayings

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
~Chinese Sayings and Proverbs

He who takes no chances wins nothing.
~Danish Proverbs

Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world.
~Egyptian Proverbs and Sayings

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~English Expressions

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.
~Filipino Proverbs

A good name is better than riches.
~French Sayings and Expressions

What the little ones see, the little ones do.
~Galic Proverbs and Sayings

If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help.
~German Sayings and Expressions

The heart that loves is always young.
~Greek Proverbs

Remember the rain that made your corn grow.
~Hatian Proverbs

A person who talks about his inferiors hasn't any.

~Hawaiian Sayings and Proverbs

The baker shouldn't comment on his dough.
~Hebrew Proverbs and Sayings

Dig your well before you're thirsty.
~Hindu Proverbs and Sayings

A heavy purse makes a light heart.
~Irish Sayings and Proverbs

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
~Italian Proverbs and Expressions

If you want to know who your friends are, lie by the roadside and pretend to be drunk.
~Jamacian Proverbs and Sayings

One who chases after two hares won't catch even one.
~Japanese Proverbs and Sayings

If there is bitterness in the heart, sugar in the mouth won't make life sweeter.

~Jewish Sayings and Expressions

Fools who know nothing constantly try to show off what they know, but the wise who know all are silent.
~Korean Sayings and Expressions

What you didn't hope for happens more often than what you hoped for.
~Latin Sayings and Proverbs

A golden cage is still a cage.
~Mexican Proverbs and Expressions

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.

~Native American Proverbs and Expressions

The elephant and the tiger do not go hunting on the same pasture.

~Nigerian Proverbs

One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
~Persian Sayings and Proverbs

It is never too late to offer anything that is good.
~Phillippine Proverbs

The greatest oaks have been little acorns.
~Polish Phrases and Proverbs

Where something is thin,that's where it tears.
~Russian Proverbs and Expressions

A day to come seems longer than a year that's gone.

~Scottish Sayings and Proverbs

The dog that doesn't walk doesn't find a bone.

~Spanish Proverbs and Phrases

He who is not taught by his mother will be taught by the world.
~Swahili Proverbs and Expressions

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours.
~Swedish Phrases and Proverbs

The cock that crows too early gets his head cut off.
~Turkish Proverbs

Jack of all trades is master of none.
~Vietnamese Proverbs and Expressions

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
~Yiddish Expressions and Proverbs


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