A proverb is unique to the people or culture that created it. It is a saying usually passed on from generation to generation with its origin most times unknown.

Here are a few proverbs from different cultures you’ve probably never heard of before:

“Three common men are better than one wise man”.
(Mandarin Chinese proverb) Mandarin is the main language of China.

“Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves”.
(German proverb) German is spoken in Germany (that should go without saying), Austria and Switzerland.

“Don’t have a hundred rubles, but have a hundred friends”.
(Russian proverb) Russian is spoken in Russia (of course) and several neighbouring countries.

“The best among you are those who are best to womenfolk”.
(Arabic proverb) Arabic is spoken across North Africa and the Middle East.

“Evidence over argument”.
(Japanese proverb) Japanese is spoken in Japan (of course).

“One who finds a friend finds a treasure.”
(Italian proverb) Italian is spoken in Italy and Switzerland.

“When the master’s not home, the chickens will get into the shrimp pot.”
(Vietnamese proverb) Vietnamese is spoken in Vietnam (in case you didn’t know).

“Love is blind”
(Swahili proverb) Swahili is spoken in East Africa.

“A strong stomach makes a happy heart.”
(Quechua proverb) Quechua is the most widely spoken Native American Language in South America.

“Where there is smoke, there is fire.”
(Hindi proverb) Hindi is the main language of India.

“May it be healthy for you”
(Turkish proverb) Turkish is spoken in Turkey (not the bird) and Cyprus.

“Many small streams have become a big river.”
(Swedish proverb) Swedish is spoken in Sweden.

“It is better to have a bird in hand, than to have a hundred fly by.”
(Spanish proverb) Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

“One who gives a lot, receives a lot”
(Dutch proverb) Dutch is spoken in The Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.

“The one that prepares before the Sabbath, may eat on the Sabbath.”
(Hebrew proverb) Hebrew is spoken in Israel.

“Walk in harmony within the Navajo universe by being aware of who you are.”
(Navajo proverb) Navajo is the language of the Navajo people of the south-western United States.

“It’s not the clothing that makes a true monk.”
(French proverb) French is also spoken in Switzerland, in France (of course), Belgium, Canada and many African countries.

“When you do something, you should always be cautious about it.”
(Korean proverb) Korean is spoken in North Korea and South Korea.

“A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the roof.”
(Polish proverb) Polish is spoken in Poland.

“If the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer, one feels reluctant to do good.”
(Yoruba proverb) Yoruba is spoken in Nigeria.

“It’s better late than never.”
(Portuguese proverb) Portuguese is spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and several African countries.

“How you make your bed is how you sleep”
(Greek proverb) Greek is spoken in Greece and Cyprus.

Proverbs are really smart sayings that we could do good to live by. Know any proverbs from your culture? Feel free to add them below.


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