Dutch Proverbs

“The only free cheese is in the mousetrap.”

“Set a thief to catch a thief.”

“Hasty questions require slow answers.”

“Soon ripe, soon rotten; soon wise, soon foolish.”

“Coffee has two virtues, it’s wet and it’s warm.”

“When two quarrel both are in the wrong.”

“A man overboard, a mouth less to feed.”

“Everyone is a thief in his own craft.”

“Who has many servants has many thieves.”

“No one knows where the shoe pinches, but he who wears it.”

“No better masters than poverty and want.”

“Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket.”

“With hard work, you can get the fire out of a stone.”

“Misery loves company.”

“He that chases another does not sit still himself.”

“Trust arrives on foot and departs on horseback.”

“You never know how a cow catches a rabbit.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“He who tends to his own garden does not see the weeds of his neighbors.”

“He wants to learn how to shave using my beard.”

“The one who digs a hole for another will fall in it himself.”

“To bang one’s head against a brick wall.”

“Who gives to me, teaches me to give.”

“A fool by chance may say a wise thing.”

“Better once in heaven than ten times at the gate.

“Poverty is the reward of idleness.

“Better a blind horse than an empty halter.”

“Love makes labor light.”

“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”

“Patience surpasses learning.”

“He fell with his nose in the butter.”

“Common goods, no goods.”

“When the tree falls everyone runs to cut the branches. “

‘If it’s not burning you why cool it?”

“There are more thieves than are hanged.”

“What is wrong today won’t be right tomorrow.”

“To make an elephant out of a mosquito.”

“When the husband earns well, the wife spends well.”

“Caution is the parent of delicate beer glasses.”

“The cat watching from the tree.”

“Were you struck by a windmill today?”

“In time a mouse will gnaw through a cable.”

“Who wants beauty must endure the pain.”

“God made Earth, the Dutch made Holland.”

“What has horns will gore.”

“If one sheep crosses the dam, more will follow.”

“Who is tired of happy days, let him take a wife.”

“One sprinkles the most sugar where the tart is burnt.”

“It is safest to sail within reach of the shore.”

“When the cat leaves the house, the mice dance on the table.”

“Laughing like a farmer with a toothache.”

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