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#EngProverb: Proverbs from various countries (L-Z)

  1. “A bite from a loving mouth is worth more than a kiss from any other.” ~Lebanon
    • Meaning: Be honest to others no matter how bad the fact is.
  2. “One man’s fault is another man’s lesson.” ~Malta
    • Meaning: Learn from somebody else’s mistake.
  3. “Salute the deaf; if the heavens don’t hear, the earth will hear.” ~Nigeria
    • Meaning: Let us do the correct thing, there are those who will understand.
  4. “If your friend was Honey, don’t lick him all away.” ~Oman
    • Meaning: Don’t take advantage of someone’s kindness for granted.
  5. “He who doesn’t look back can’t get to where he is going.” ~Philippines
    • Meaning: Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
  6. “Live for a century – learn for a century.” ~Russia
    • Meaning: Never cease to learn new things.
  7. “Time and thought tame the strongest grief.” ~Scotland
    • Meaning: Time will heal your sadness.
  8. “When fire burns over the great mountain, poison is cast in the great sea.” ~Tibet
    • Meaning: Evil comes to those who spread evil.
  9. “To eat a fish, you have to get into water first.” ~Ukraine
    • Meaning: If you want something, be ready to make some effort.
  10. “That which belongs to heaven, returns to earth.” ~Vietnam
    • Meaning: Things that enter your life easily leaves quickly.
  11. “A monkey in its mother’s eye is like a gazelle.” ~Yemen
    • Meaning: Love is blind.
  12. “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.” ~Zimbabwe
    • Meaning: We all have the ability to form something out of nothing.

Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, September 7, 2012

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#EngProverb: Proverbs from various countries (A-K)

  1. “No one says his own buttermilk is sour.” ~Afghanistan
    • Meaning: No one advertises his own faults.
  2. “A sleeping fox finds no meat.” ~Brazil
    • Meaning: We have to work hard to meet our goals.
  3. “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~China
    • Meaning: We may not have the answer to a certain issue yet the purpose still is valuable in itself.
  4. “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” ~Denmark
    • Meaning: Houseguest will annoy the house owner if they are staying over too long.
  5. “Time has turns, and the year has weeks.” ~Greece
    • Meaning: Patience.
  6. “An empty sack can’t stand up.” ~Haiti
    • Meaning: You can’t get much work done on an empty stomach.
  7. “Wherever we stand, we have to hold the sky.” ~Indonesia
    • Meaning: Wherever we live, we must observe the local custom.
  8. “Let flow in the water.” ~Japan
    • Meaning: Forgive and forget.
  9. “If the outgoing words are beautiful, then the incoming words will be beautiful, too.” ~Korea
    • Meaning: Be nice to others if you want others to do the same to you.

 

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 6, 2012

 

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