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Asian-Indian Proverbs (Part1)


1. A fool who knows he is a fool has a little intelligence, but a fool that thinks he is intelligent is really a fool.

2. A good well-lived today makes every yesterday a dream of a good future, and every morning is a vision of hope.

3. A house without a child is like a tomb.

4. A man in this world without learning is as a beast of the field.

5. A sin that is confessed is less heavy to bear.

6. Abstinence is the best medicine.

7. Agreement with two people, lamentation with three.

8. All we can hold in our cold dead hands is what we have given away.

9. Among the blind, the squint rules.

10. An elephant never tires of carrying his own trunk.

11. Anger has no eyes.

12. As day breaks, the glowworms say ‘We've lit up the world!’

13. As people go their own way, destiny goes with them.

14. As the spokes of a wheel are attached to the hub, so all things are attached to life.

15. Before you build a house you have to dig a pit.

16. By slitting the ears and cutting the tail, a dog is still a dog, not a horse, not an ass.

17. Can the monkey know the taste of ginger?

18. Can't tell his ass from a hole in the ground.

19. Dig a well every day to drink water every day.

20. Dig your well before you're thirsty.

21. Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong.

22. Eleven persons take eleven paths.

23. Empty vessels make much noise.

24. Even an elephant can slip.

25. Even the devil needs a friend.

26. Fear is the fever of life.

27. Giving advice to a stupid man is like giving salt to a squirrel.

28. Great anger is more destructive than the sword.


29. He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live.

30. He who loves the truth has many enemies.

31. Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore.

Source: proverbatim.com

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Portuguese, Spanish proverbs (Part 1)

Portuguese, Spanish proverbs (Part 2)

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Maltese Proverbs

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Afrikaan Proverbs

Nigerian Proverbs

Afghan Proverbs

Akan Proverbs

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