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What are your favourite proverbs?

Popularity 8Viewed 4219 times 2016-1-6 08:03 |Personal category:Quote Me|System category:Life| favourite, proverbs


Proverbs usually have some long standing basis in wisdom and a particular culture. Often we are struck with the similarity of different cultures since they have different proverbs for the exact same human experience. They convey the true meaning and wisdom with a 'punch' or 'kick' or with a flavouring that makes them so appealing. Using one in the right circumstances is one of the highlights of human communication. They usually have something unique and attractive, about them, they often rhyme or have beautiful alliteration.

I like the following ones:

1.  From northern India in Hindi: Naach na aaye, Aangan teda

[The one who cannot dance well complains that the floor is crooked].


2. From the English speaking culture:  The leopard cannot change its spots

[A person cannot change their inherent nature]


3. From Africa (the nearest English translation) :  It takes a village to raise a child

 [A child grows up into an adult with the strong influence and help of a whole lot of people surrounding them].

From Wikipedia:
Lunyoro (Banyoro) there is a proverb that says 'Omwana takulila nju emoi,' whose literal translation is 'A child does not grow up only in a single home.' In Kihaya (Bahaya) there is a saying, 'Omwana taba womoi,' which translates as 'A child belongs not to one parent or home.' In Kijita (Wajita) there is a proverb which says 'Omwana ni wa bhone,' meaning regardless of a child's biological parent(s) its upbringing belongs to the community. In Swahili, the proverb 'Asiyefunzwa na mamae hufunzwa na ulimwengu' approximates to the same.


4. Again from northern India, in Hindi:  Laathon ke bhoot, baathon se nahin maanthey

[The ghosts of kicks, do not listen to words].
This is said in reference to annoying or evil persons who do not listen to reason and logic and kind words, but only understand the language of punishment to make them go away or stop their deeds.


Would you like to share a proverb that you like? Can you put in the English roman representation of the original proverb, some history and geography of its origin or us and its meaning or wisdom in simple English?

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Reply Report 宁檬 2016-1-6 09:31
I believe in "God help those who help themselves" in that luck will befall you as long as you try your best without complaints. It has its vivid Chinese counterpart as "天道酬勤". Also "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2016-1-6 10:22
"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out."

  --  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-1-6 11:07
Make America Great Again!
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-6 11:17
宁檬: I believe in "God help those who help themselves" in that luck will befall you as long as you try your best without complaints. It has its v ...
thanks for that!
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-6 11:18
Donald_Trump: Make America Great Again!
A slogan is not a proverb!
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-6 13:11
Dr.Bill.Shen: "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out."

  --  Michel Eyqu ...
Good one!!
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-1-6 14:08
KIyer: A slogan is not a proverb!
A proverb is " A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, aphorism, byword, maxim, motto, saw, saying". Therefore, my 'Proverb' is history in the making, unfolding before our very eyes!
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-6 16:58
Donald_Trump: A proverb is " A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, aphorism, ...
If your statement is true enough to be a proverb it must mean that the USA perpetually will have a need to be made great.  If it becomes great it will not need your slogan or 'proverb '. Think deeply before claiming your slogan as a proverbial truth!  
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-1-6 21:23
Lang Syne ..
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-1-6 21:52
Well KIyer, The proverbial truth is, I will make things SO GREAT, the Americans will be tired of hearing so many good things about us!
Think deeply before claiming anything about the American peoples will.
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-1-6 21:54
I sent you some eggs, ask India for the Bacon.
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-7 03:40
Donald_Trump: I sent you some eggs, ask India for the Bacon.
You just laid an egg. You seem addled. Your slogan is 'Make America Great' not 'Make America Greater'.
Reply Report luckyann 2016-1-7 10:39
A fall into the pit, a gain into your wit. 吃一堑,长一智。

Every dog has its day. 凡人皆有得意日。
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-7 12:05
luckyann: A fall into the pit, a gain into your wit. 吃一堑,长一智。

Every dog has its day. 凡人皆有得意日。
Good ones! Thanks! Keep them coming. I love proverbs from all over the world. As a friend pointed out to me, they are the essence of a civilization!
Reply Report KIyer 2016-1-7 12:40
Here are a couple more from the Tamil language:
1.  - "Alpathukku pavishu vandha, ardha raathri kodai piddikkum" Meaning - if a petty person gets a bit of wealth and into the mood to display it, they will hold (or get someone to hold) an umbrella over themselves at midnight (normally umbrellas are used as protection from the sun during the day).
2.  ' Kazhuthai ariyuma karpoora vasanai' - Meaning: Can a donkey appreciate the fragrance of camphor?
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-1-9 21:34
black Lives Matter
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-12 06:38
Mr. Deng's "It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white as long as it can catch the mice."
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-12 11:47
Hooray, you decided not to censor my Deng quote and let it go through to the keeper !
Reply Report Jeb_Bush 2016-1-12 23:39
Hope is a good breakfast, but a poor supper.
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