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Turkish

Proverbs

Okuz altinda buzagi aranmaz.
Donotsearchforacalfunderanox.
(Whensomeone showsunnecessaryamountofsuspicionforanaction)

Havlayan kopek isirmaz.
Thedogthat barksmuchdoesnotbite.
(Whenapersontalkstoomuch,itusuallydoesnot lead toaction)

Vakitsiz oten horozun basini keserler.
Thecockthat crowsatthewrongtimeis killed.Thecockthat crowstooearly getshisheadcutoff.
(Thereispropertimeforeverything)

Yenilen pehlivan gurese doymaz.
Adefeatedwrestlernevertiresofwrestlingagain.Adefeatedpersonalways asksforsecond chances.Adefeatedwrestlerisnottiredofwrestling.

Ofke ile kalkan zararla oturur.
He,who getsup (startsup)inanger, sitsdownwithaloss.
(Usedwhenoneistryingtocalmanangryperson.)

Keskin sirke kupune zarar verir.
Sharpvinegaronlydamagesitscontainer.
(Usedtocalmdownormoderateaperson.)

Esek hosaftanne anlar (anlamaz).
Anassdoesnotappreciatefruitcompote.

Ne ekersen, o'nu bicersin.
Youharvestwhatyou sow.

Goz gormeyince gonul katlanir.
Heartendureswheneyedoesnotsee.
(Onecanendurebeingfarwayfrom loved onesbynotseeingthem)

Sormak ayip degil, bilmemek ayip.
Itisnotdisgracefultoask,itisdisgracefulnotoknow.
(Usedtoencouragepeopletobeinquisitive)

Bilmemek ayip degil, sormamak ayip.
Itisnotdisgracefultoask,itisdisgracefulnotoask.

Bekarlik sultanliktir.
Abachelor feelslikeasultan.Thereisnosovereigntylikebachelorhood.
(Usedby bachelorswhen askedtoexplainwhytheyarestillsingle)

Sinek kucuktur,ama mide bulandirir.
Theflyissmall,butitisbigenoughtomakeonesick.Theflyissmall,butitcanupsetyourstomach.
(Usedwhenaneventthat seemsinsignificantto others,still bothersaperson.

Kuzguna yavrusu sahin gorunur.
Theraven seesits chickensas falcons.Totheraven'seye,its chickenslooklike falcons.
 (Usedtoexpressthefeelingthatanybabylooksbeautifultoitsmother)

Ignegi kendine batir cuvaldizi baskasina.
Sticktheneedleintoyourself(toseehowit hurts)beforeyouthrustthe packing-needleinto others.

Kurtlu baklanin kor alicisi olur.
Thebuyeroftherotten beansistheblindman.

Suruden ayrilan koyunu kurt kapar.
Thesheepseparatedfromtheflockiseatenbythewolf.
(Usedtoencourageapersontostaywithinthegroupasitplansamove)

Ates dustugu yeri yakar.
Anember burnswhereitfalls.
(Usedwhen expressinganappreciationofpainforthepeoplewhoareclosetotheinjuredorhurtperson?)

Sakinilan gozecop batar.
An over-protectedeye getsthe speck.
(Beingoverlycareful invites misfortunes)

Insan yedisindene ise yetmisindede odur.
Whatamanisatsevenisalsowhatheisatseventy.
(Usedwhen expressingdissatisfactioninunchangedhumanbehaviororthefactthatonenever learnsfromone's mistakes)

Agac yas iken egilir.
Thegreentwigiseasilybent.Thetreebranchshouldbebentwhenitisyoung.
(Usedtosupporttheneedtotrainapersonearlyinlife)

Frincinin cocuguac dolasirmis.
Theshoemaker'schildgoesbarefoot.
Thebaker'schildgoes hungery.
Theplumber'shouse(roof)always leaks.

Bir tasla iki kus vurmak.
Killingtwo birdswithonestone.

Bir elin nesivar, iki elin sesivar.
Twoheadsarebetterthan one.

Gozden irak, gonuldende irak olur.
Ifoneisfaraway,onealso getsfar away fromtheheart.
(Expressesthefeelingthatbybeingfaraway,one riskslosingtheloveandaffectionofaperson)

Ne ekersen,onu bicersin.
Youharvestwhatyou sow.
 (Usedtoremindapersonthatone'sownpastactionsareresponsibleforthepresentsituation)

Ruzgar eken firtina bicer.
Onewho sowswindwillreaphurricane.
(Usedtocautionpeopletomoderatetheiractions)

Incir cekirdegini doldurmaz.
Itwon'tfillafigseed.
(Usedtoexpresstheinsignificanceofsomeone'spointinanargument)

Ceviz kabugunda firtina.
Storminawalnutshell.
(Similartotempestinateacup)

Askin gozu karadir.
Loveisdaring.
(Canmeanthatalovercandoanythingwithoutcalculatingthe consequencesorthatlovehasablindeye)

Bir elin nesivar, iki elin sesivar.
It takestwo handstomakeasound.
(Similarto"it takestwototango")

Saman altindansu yurutur.
Let'swaterrununnoticedunderstraw.
(Usedtodefineaslypersonorbehavior)

Anasina bak, kizinial.
Lookatthemotherbefore marryingthedaughter.
(Expressestheviewthatayounggirl(orabride)willeventuallylookandbehavelikehermother)

Atin olumu arpadan olsun.
Letthehorsediefromtoomuch barley.
(Usedtoexpressthefeelingthatthe benefitsoverweighthe risks)

Deve bir pula, devebin pula.
Acamelforadime,acamelfora thousand dimes.
(Usedtoshowtheironywhenapersoncouldnotaffordsomethingevenwhenitisverycheap,butcanlaterafforditwhenitisthousandtimesmore expensive)

Cocugunu dovmeyen, dizini dover.
One,whodoesnotslaphischildren,willslaphis knees.
(Parentsthatdonotdisciplinetheirchildrenearlyon,willbeatthemselveslateronwhentheylearnthebadthingstheirgrownchildrenhave done)

Bal tutan parmak yalar.
One,who handleshoney, lickshis fingers.
(Somebody incharge ofhandlingmoneyor resources,gettokeeporenjoysome benefitsfor himself)

Tasima suyla degirmen donmez.
Youcan'trunawatermillby carrying water.
(Itisfutiletostartabusinessifyoudon'thaveasustainablesourceoryoucan'tsustainalifestylewith borrowed money)

Damlaya damlaya gol olur.
Dropbydrop,itwillmakea pond.
(Smallsavingswill lead tosubstantialwealth.Usedtoencouragepeopleto save)

Yalancinin mumu yatsiya kadar yanar.
Liar's candle will last till evening.
(Lies will work only for a limited time)

Pire icin yorgan yakmak.
Burninga bedcoverfora louse.
(Usedwhenanactiontakendoesnotmatchthe unimportanceofthe situation)

Kelbasa simsir tarak.
A boxwood comb fora bald head.
(Used to makea point whena person indulges beyond his financial means)

Isteyenin bir yuzu kara, vermeyenin iki yuzu.
Theonewho askshasonesideofhisfacedark;theonewhorefusestogivehasboth sides.
(Usedtoputtheshameorburdenonthesidethatcangivebutrefusestodo so)

Sutten agzi yanan, yogurdu ufleyerek yer.
The one,who burnshismouthfordrinkingmilktoohot, eatsevenyogurt carefully.
(Usedtomakethepointthatlife'sbad experiencesteachpeopletobe cautious)

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