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Proverbs and Sayings from Elsewhere

Proverbs and Sayings from Elsewhere, from other parts of the world.

  1. Those who win become emperors and those who lose become bandits.
    In original language: Chinese
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  2. The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its arse.
    Other variations …:
    The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its butt.
    The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its tail.
    The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt
    The more a monkey climbs a tree higher, the more it exposes its nakedness
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: China
  3. To handle others use your heart, to handle yourself use your head.
    Community/language of origin: English
    Country: USA
  4. It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  5. Patience is a tree whose roots are bitter, but whose fruits are sweet.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  6. It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
    Community/language of origin: Spanish
    Country: Spain
  7. God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  8. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: USA
  9. Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
    Community/language of origin: English, attributed to Benjamin Franklin
    Country: USA
  10. Never open your door to the least of your misfortunes. If you do, the rest will follow.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  11. Wedlock is like a place besieged, those without wish to get in, those without want to get out.
    Other forms:
    Marriage is like a besieged city, everyone on the outside wants to get in, anyone on the inside wants to get out.
    French:
    Le mariage est une forteresse assiégée, ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir.
    Community/language of origin: English proverb
    Country: England
  12. Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.
    Community/language of origin: Arabian Proverb
    Country: Unknown
  13. Friend are like shoes, some loose some tight.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  14. Once you grip the head of a serpent, the rest of the body is a piece of rope.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  15. Give a thousand chances to your enemy to become a friend but do not give a single chance to your friend to become an enemy.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  16. A lion’s power lies in our fear of it.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  17. On a day your luck is out, even cold porridge will burn you.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  18. It is better to have a wise enemy than a foolish friend.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  19. Blowing out someone else’s candle will not make yours shine any brighter.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  20. It does not matter whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: China
  21. Try not to make enemies deliberately, because you make so many accidentally.
    Community/language of origin: English
    Country: United Kingdom
  22. Consider the past and you shall know the future.
    Community/language of origin: China/Chinese
    Country: China
  23. If the water is too clear, then there is nothing for the fish to eat.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China
  24. Even if a monkey wears a gold ring, it is and remains an ugly creature
    In original language: Al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een lelijk ding
    Community/language of origin: Dutch
  25. Like father, like son.
    In original language: An Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.
    Community/language of origin: Germany
    Country: Germany
    Read more about An Apfel fällt nicht
  26. Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Unknown
  27. Every journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.
    Community/language of origin: Chinese
    Country: China

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