Polish Phrases and Polish Proverbs

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Polish Phrases, proverbs, sayings, and idioms


When a woman has got off a wagon, horses have an easier time

No Work, no Dinner

What little Johnny has not learned, big John will not know.

Wherever you go, you can’t get rid of yourself.

Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you can’t win.

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

Everything to the excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

Never appeal to a man’s “better nature”, he may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

A woman is not property, and husbands who think so are living in a dream world.

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. He is also a fool.

Everybody lies about sex.

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

When the ship sails, all debts are paid.

You live and learn. Or you don’t live long.

One man’s magic is another man’s engineering.



Words must be weighed, not counted.

A rich man even has the devil to lull his children

A good man even in a tavern won’t be spoiled, a wicked one even in the church won’t mend their way

A jug carries water until its handle breaks off

The greatest oaks have been little acorns.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Always tell her she is beautiful.

There may be no candidates you want to vote for, but there are certainly some you want to vote against.

To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.



Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.

Never frighten a little man. He’ll kill you.

The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.

There will be no bread from that flour.

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Watch the faces of those who bow low.


When the dog eats, he doesn’t bark, because his food will run away

Where there are six cooks, there is nothing to eat



When a man is in a hurry, the devil is happy

Where the Devil can’t go, he’ll send a woman

Where wood is being chopped, shavings fly

Where two people fight against each other, the third one wins

Add up your pennies, and buy a hen

How they see you, that’s how they perceive you

Even Hercules is a wimp, when he must fight against heaps of enemies

On a thief, the hat’s on fire.

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The doctor demands his fees whether he has killed the illness or the patient.

The greater love is a mother’s; then comes a dog’s; then a sweetheart’s.

As Jake treats God, God will treat Jake

A skunk is better company than a man who prides himself on being frank.

Natural laws have no pity.



Freedom begins when you go tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite.

You can go wrong by being too skeptical as readily as by being to trusting.

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.

Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.

A committee is an animal with six or more legs and no brain.

He who gets up in the morning, is rewarded by God.

Drop after drop, there will be a sea

Who’s fat, is happy.

Running away makes you guilty.



Innocence itself sometimes hath need of a mask.

Innocence plays in the backyard of ignorance.

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.

Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry.

Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.

An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications.

Love enters a man through his eyes, woman through her ears.

Never seek the wind in the field. It is useless to try and find what is gone.

Nowadays you must go to heaven to meet an angel.

A whore won’t tear off another whore’ head.

Fate throws fortune, but not everyone catches.



A pretty person looks pretty in every clothing

The best asset is a clean conscience


Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.

God grant me a good sword and no use for it.

Hunger will lead a fox out of the forest.

Hungry bellies have no ears.

Ink, if not used, will dry up.

You can’t heal stubbornness



Bad things often turn out to be good for you

Don’t talk about others, they won’t talk about you

Don’t share the skin while it’s still on the bear

Ignorance is not an excuse

All men are created unequal.

The way is never long to one’s beloved.

There is a proverb for everything.

There is no evil without good.

There is no rose without thorns.

Those who like each other, peck at each other.

To the willing, nothing is possible.



What hurts most, teaches soonest.

Who digs pits under others falls into them himself.

Who lacks armament should avoid argument.

Work will never take the crown from my brow.

Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.

A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.

When one door closes another opens. But these hallways are the pits!

It may be better to be a live jackle than a dead lion, but better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.

Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys, it’s more sanitary.

Not all is gold that glitters

Of the dead speak well or not at all.



A noisy cow gives little milk.

A poor dancer will be disturbed even by the hem of her skirt.

All times are good when old.

polish idiomsDo not push the river, it will flow by itself.

Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.

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Even the goats will jump on a slanted tree.

Every error has its excuse.

Talk of a wolf and the wolf is here



A beautifully decorated plate won’t feed anyone

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

A humble calf will feed from two mothers

One hand washes the other.

Get a shot off fast. This upsets him long enough to make your second shot perfect.

If it can’t be expressed in figures, it’s not science. It’s opinion.

A motion to adjourn is always in order.

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It has long been known that one horse can run faster than another. But which one?

Differences are crucial.



Most “scientists” are bottle washers and button pushers.

If you don’t like yourself, you can’t like other people.

Nothing ever gets built on schedule or under budget.

Make haste slowly.

Only the shoe knows that the stocking is torn.

Keep learning because knowledge is the key to power

From a good nest, good children.

Hunger is the best cook.

If it’s not your worry, don’t hurry.

Loss, misadventure, are the way to wisdom.



Love without money, gateway to misery.

No one knows what hurts another.

Proverbs are the wisdom of a people.

polish sayingsWhen among the crows, caw as the crows do

In healthy body a healthy spirit resides

You will see something as surely as a pig will see the sky.

A bad dancer blames the hem of her skirt

A good appetite needs no sauce.

A good bargain is a pick-purse.

A good painter need not give a name to his picture, a bad one must.



A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Incoming fire has right-of-way.

A good run is always better than a poor fight.

Anyone who feels that it is immoral to pay someone to pretend to care about you has no business flying first class.

If you’re going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.



Better to lose with a wise man than to win with a fool.

Every monster will find its admirer.

Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. Then, if he doesn’t like what you say, he’s a mile away and barefoot.

Never let any mechanical device know that you are in a hurry.

Never use a tool that is more intelligent than you are.

People who fight fire with fire, generally end up as ashes.

Pick your enemies carefully. They’re harder to get rid of than friends.

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege.


polish sayings

A big cloud gives a small rain.

I am grown not out of salt nor out of the soil but out of that which pains me.

Before the fat man grows thin, the thin man will die.

Better an iron peace than a golden war.

Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.

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