Proverbs to Live By

If you don't make dust, you eat dust. (American)

The fiddle is judged by its tune. (Russian)

The moon is not shamed by the barking or dogs. (Native American)

A fox is not caught twice in the same snare. (Japanese)

The value of a man is that which he places upon himself. (French)

Calm seas make sorry sailors. (Mexican)

The best apple will be on the highest bough. (Irish)

The thrower of stones flings away the strength of his own arm. (African)

No applause can be made with one hand.(Persian)

A mouse is bold under a haystack. (Irish)

A bad musician even has trouble with his fingernails. (Southwest USA)

When you are among swans, you become a swan. (Japan)

A small spark has often kindled a great fire. (Irish)

If one piece is moved wrongly, the whole game is lost. (Chinese)

He who scratches a scar is wounded twice. (Russian)

If the brain sows not corn, It plants thistles. (English)

A tree that bears fruit is known by its flowers. (Japan)

The Mouse that knows but one hole is soon caught by the cat. (Spanish)

It is better to go home and weave a net than to stay on the shore and watch fish. (Philippine)

The kite flies because of the tail. (Chinese)

There is no worse fruit than that which never ripens. (Italian)

The Butterfly that flies among the thorns will tear its wings. (African)

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.(Sioux)

No matter how stout, one beam cannot support a house. (Chinese)

The great river does not reject small streams. (China)

Riches adorn the house. Virtue adorns the person. (China)

He who has imagination has wings, but no feet.(French)

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun. (New England)

He that has jaundiced eyes sees everything yellow. (India)

The sleeping shrimp is carried away by the tide. (Columbia)

The deepest waters make the least noise. (Guatemala)

Eagles fly alone, but sheep flock together (Scottish)

Filth always floats. (Mexican)

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride, he must also know how to fall. (Puerto Rico)

The first step in the ladder of folly is to believe oneself wise. (Spanish)