List of Proverbs

Here you will find a list of proverbs that we find inspirational. These proverbs have been passed down for generations. They contain wisdom and knowledge that have survived the test of time. They often contain hidden messages, sometimes you need to read them and reflect on the words to find the message. They are usually short, no more than a few words, but there meaning is true wisdom. They are similar to inspirational quotes in that they can inspire you and others. Some people use them to write inspirational thoughts by using the one sentence and then writing their thoughts about that proverb. We hope you enjoy them.

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.
Arabic

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
William R. Alger

Proverbs may be said to be the abridgment of wisdom.
Joseph Joubert

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
Miguel De Cervantes


A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
Francis Bacon

Proverbs are the cream of a nation's thought.
Author Unknown

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
German

A proverb is the child of experience.
English

Self-assurance is two thirds of success.
Scottish

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Aldous Huxley

A proverb is not a proverb to you until life has illustrated it.
John Keats

The obscure we see eventually; the completely apparent takes longer.
Spanish

The strength of a tree lies in its roots - not in its branches.
Dutch

There's more to dancing than a pair of nice shoes.
Icelandic

A proverb is good sense brought to a point.
John Morley

The sun shines the same on the good and the bad.
Basque

Honor is better than honors.
Belgian

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.
Irish

Ask for advice, and then use your brain.
Norwegian

A good friend is worth more than a bad brother.
Croatian

Those who want to sing will always find a song.
Swedish

The mistakes of other people are good teachers.
Estonian

Many people know how to flatter; few know how to praise.
Greek

The person who enjoys good health is rich, even if he doesn't know it.
Italian

Patience is the key to paradise.
Albanian

A gentle word opens an iron gate.
Bulgarian

You can't blow against the wind.
Lithuanian

The person who trusts is happy; the person who doubts is wise.
Hungarian

The person who thinks about his own grief forgets about the grief of others.
Maltese

It is too much too believe everthing, and it is too little to believe nothing.
German

Do not push the river - it will flow by itself.
Polish




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