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47 Phenomenal Proverbs To Make You A Wise Human Being

A proverb, derived from the Latin proverbium, is a saying that is based on common sense. A lot of proverbs may enlighten you towards wisdom. However, some of the proverbs may sound unacceptable to you, such as:

“A dog, a wife and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they will be.”

As with the changing world, some proverbs have lost their luster and now used rarely. But most of the proverbs are generally worded in such a way as to be remembered easily and tend to change little from generation to generation.

The thought of creating this post came into my mind when I was reviewing my journal and found a saying of Ruskin Bond:

“It’s simple things in life that contribute more to our general happiness and health than acts of passion and high excitement.”

These are just simple words, yet powerful. It forced me to ponder upon my life, on the little things I’m missing around me in search of great happiness. I decided then to find out more lines that are concentrated with pearls of wisdom.

I spent a whole day in collecting the below listed 31 timeless valuable proverbs (and a few more). I took help from the Little Red Book Of Proverbs by Terry O’Brien and various website.

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47 Phenomenal Proverbs To Make You A Wise Human Being

  1. “Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.” – Proverb 11:27
  2. “Knowledge is like manure, it’s only good when spread.” – American Proverb
  3. “You are beautiful, but learn to work. For you cannot eat your beauty.” – African Proverb
  4. “Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.” – Chinese Proverb
  5. “‘After you’ is good manners.” – Chinese Proverb
  6. “A good deed dies when it is spoken.” – Arab Proverb
  7. “A man is often a bad adviser to himself and a good adviser to another.” – Irish Proverb
  8. “When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” – Japanese Proverb
  9. “All’s fair in love, war and journalism.” – American Proverb
  10. “If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” – African Proverb
  11. “All food is fit to eat, but not all words are fit to speak.” – Haitian Proverb
  12. “A dog with two homes is never any good.” – Irish Proverb
  13. “A good religion does not need miracles.” – Japanese Proverb
  14. “Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist quarreling.” – Proverb 20:3
  15. Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less; love more; and all good things are yours.” – Swedish Proverb
  16. “Be useful better than beautiful.” – American Proverb
  17. “All truth is good, but not all truth is good to say.” – African Proverb
  18. “A story is only half told if there is only one side presented.” – Icelandic Proverb
  19. “The borrower is a slave to the lender.” – Proverb 22:7
  20. “A good husband is healthy and absent.” – Japanese Proverb
  21. “If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.” – Korean Proverb
  22. “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
  23. “A good orator makes us see with our ears.” – Arab Proverb
  24. “A good neighbor increases the value of your property.” – Czech Proverb
  25. “Do not always expect good to happen, but do not let evil take you by surprise.” – Czech Proverb
  26. “The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” – Tibetan Proverb
  27. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice, shame on both of us.” – American Proverb
  28. “The world is a good teacher, but it charges a huge fee.” – Finnish Proverb
  29. “A flatterer has water in one hand and fire in the other.” – German Proverb
  30. “A bad workman never finds a good tool.” – French Proverb
  31. “Sunshine all the time makes a desert.” – Arab Proverb
  32. “A person leaves a reputation, bad or good, behind wherever he works or stays.” – Chinese Proverb
  33. “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” – Gaelic Proverb
  34. “When you throw dirt, you lose ground.” – Texan Proverb
  35. “A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners.” – Irish Proverb
  36. “The longer the explanation, the bigger the lie.” – Chinese Proverb
  37. “You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Irish Proverb
  38. “Do not judge by appearances, a rich heart may be under a poor coat.” – Scottish Proverb
  39. “Flowers may bloom again but a person never has the chance to be young again. So don’t waste your time.” – Chinese Proverb
  40. “The Ax forgets; the tree remembers.” – African Proverb
  41. “The tongue has the power of life and death.” – Proverb 18:21
  42. “Good advice once was worth a camel; now that it is free of charge, no one takes it.” – Lebanese Proverb
  43. “The mouth should have three gatekeepers. Is it true? Is it kind? And is it necessary?” – Arab Proverb
  44. “A silent man is the best one to listen to.” – Japanese Proverb
  45. “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” – Proverbs 14:20
  46. “He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” – Swedish Proverb
  47. “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” – Jewish Proverb

Conclusion

Proverbs functions as “folk wisdom”. It teaches us how to act and live. Any saying that has touched you deeply is a proverb, regardless of who said it. Obviously, there would be some wise sayings that have left a deep impression on your soul that you want to share with the people. You can go ahead and comment your favorite proverb in the comments below.

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