Indian Proverbs

“Certain things capture the eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”

“You may look up for inspiration or look down in desperation but do not look sideways for information.”

“The Three great mysteries: air to a bird, water to a fish, mankind to himself.”

“Justice is better than admiration.”

“A cat in a cage becomes a lion.”

“A frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.”

“Austerity is an ornament, humility is honorable.”

“He who does not climb, will not fall either.”

“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision.”

The man who has mounted an elephant will not fear the bark of a dog.

What good is giving sugar to the dead? When a camel is at the foot of a mountain only then judge his height.

It is hard for an ex-king to become a night watchman. Where the needle goes, the thread follows.

Don’t eat your bread on someone Else’s table.

“Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults.” I

“They who give, have all things; they who withhold, have nothing.”

“You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.”

“The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.”

“Most adults are attentive to what someone is doing, but children see beyond that”

“It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.”

One man’s house burns so that another may warm himself.

When you have an ass for a friend, expect nothing but kicks.

The nose didn’t smell the rotting head.

The first day a guest, the second day a guest, the third day a calamity.

When you drink milk under the palm tree, people will say that it is palm wine.

He that is baldheaded has no need of combs.

Don’t poison someone whom you can kill with sweets.

There are three uncertainties: woman, wind, and wealth.

We are both queens, so who will hang out the laundry? Pull someone by the ears and his head will follow.

Stolen sugar is the sweetest.

Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

You must answer the devil in his own language.

What does the blind man know of the beauty of the tulip? One and one sometimes make eleven.

I gave him a staff for his support and he uses it to break my head.

If you live on the river, befriend the crocodile.

The voice of the poor has no echo.

The world flatters the elephant and tramples on the ant.

The sieve says to the needle, “You have a hole in your tail.” The hands of a lawyer are always in someone’s pocket.

The word of a woman is a bundle of water.

Use medicine as well as prayers.

When a woman laughs an experienced man will know how much it will cost him.

If you call a lady a slave, she laughs, but if you call a slave a slave, he cries.

To sing to the deaf, to talk with the dumb, and to dance for the blind are three foolish things.

You should not call in a cat to settle the argument of two birds.

What is the use of crying when the birds ate the whole farm? A beautiful woman belongs to everyone; an ugly one is yours alone.

Fish and guests smell when they are three days old.

He who works as a slave, eats as a king.

In love, beggar and king are equal.

If you can’t give any sugar then speak sweetly.

He who has a true friend, has no need of a mirror.

The body dies, the fame lives.

The potter sleeps soundly, for no one would steal clay.

The weakest go to the wall.

Happy is the woman whose husband does not speak to her.

God laughs when you steal from a thief. Why save when your son is a good son? Why save when your son is a bad son? The dog’s tail stays crooked even if he is buried for twelve years.

Never stand in front of a judge or behind a donkey.

You may lock up the cock, but the sun will still rise.

The money you dream about will not pay your bills.

The lawyer’s pouch is a mouth of Hell.

“Alterness and courage are life’s shields.”

“Never do tomorrow, what you can do today”

“If you live in the river, you should make friends with the crocodile.”

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.”

“What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.”

“The eyes do not see what the mind does not want.”

“In a tree that you can’t climb, there are always a thousand fruits.”

“To quarrel with a man of good speech is better than to converse with a man who does not speak well.”

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

“A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can’t be saved.”

“Nothing is comprehensible except by virtue of its edges.”

“We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

“Don’t bargain for fish which are still in the water.”

To control the mind is like trying to control a drunken monkey that has been bitten by a scorpion.

Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it.

The thief that is not caught is a king.

When you are in difficulty, go to the house of your friend — not your sister’s.

He who does not climb, will not fall either.

When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him.

“Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work. ”

“You sometimes forget the harm that was done to you, but never the harm you have done to others.”

“I had no shoes and complained, until I saw a man who had no feet.”

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”

“Life is a bridge, cross over it, but build no house on it.”

“Great anger is more destructive than the sword.”

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”

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