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Indonesian Proverbs


1. A fire will sear and the sun burn yet more, but neither can match the ardor of a man's heart.

2. A man finds what he takes to be small; it will only be big again when he loses it.

3. A moth will eat the finest linen.

4. Before you let your voice be heard, first lick your lips.

5. Beware, the enemy lies under your blanket.

6. Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles.

7. Death is the bride of life.

8. Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish.

9. Different men have different opinions; some like apples, some onions.

10. Don't stay on the dew until the sun reaches its highest.

11. If an eel is with fish, he shows his tail; if he is with snakes, he shows his head.

12. If you enter a goat stable, bleat; if you enter a water buffalo stable, bellow.

13. Nothing is difficult if you're used to it.

14. Once the rice is pudding, it's too late to reclaim the rice.

15. People seek out big shots as flies seek out the elephant's tail.

16. Rippling water shows lack of depth.

17. The firm tree does not fear the storm.

18. The sea becomes the shore, the shore becomes the sea.

19. The shallower the brook, the more it babbles.

20. There are not many who would announce their faults with a gong.

21. They are flies that are born of a wasp.

22. When you begin to understand the situation, you know you must have been ill-informed.

Source: proverbatim.com

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