Indonesian Proverbs

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”

“Don’t be fooled for thinking calm water don’t have alligators”

“Calm water washes away”

“Death is the bride of life.”

“Different fields have different insect, different ponds have different fish.”

“Different men have different opinions; some prefer apples, some onions.”

“Diligence is the beginning of brilliance.”

“Don’t stay on the dew until the sun reaches its highest.”

“Expecting something bigger and we let go what we already have.”

“Playing with water, wet. Playing with fire, burned.”

“An empty drum makes the loudest sound.”

“Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles.”

“Diligence is the beginning of brilliance.”

“Goodness shouts. Evil whispers.”

“Before you let your voice be heard, first lick your lips.”

“Better one bird in the hand than 10 birds on the tree.”

“Beware, the enemy lies under your blanket.”

“Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles.”

“Cannot dance but blame the floor as uneven.”

“Head can be heated, but the heart must stay cool.”

“Once the rice is pudding, it’s too late to reclaim the rice.”

“Playing with water, wet. Playing with fire, burned.”

“The laughter of someone pining for his beloved is like that of someone who is always crying.”

“Different fields have different insects; different ponds have different fish.”

“No matter how good a squirrel can jump, it will fall eventually.”

“The firm tree does not fear the storm.”

“Better one bird in the hand than 10 birds on the tree.”

“Rippling water shows a lack of depth.”

“People seek out big shots as flies seek out the elephant’s tail.”

“Once a person cheats, forever, people will distrust him.”

“It can be because of regular training.”

“Never think that still water doesn’t have crocodiles.”

“No matter how good a squirrel can jump, it will fall eventually.”

“Nothing is difficult when you get used to it.”

“Once a person cheats in an exam, forever people will distrust him.”

“It can be, because of regular training and practice.”

“Expecting something bigger, and we let go of what we already have.”

“Death is the bride of life.”

“Beware, the enemy lies under your blanket.”

“Once the rice is pudding, it’s too late to reclaim the rice.”

“One stroke at the paddle, two and three islands have passed.”

“People seek out big shots as flies seek out the elephant’s tail.”

“Playing with water, wet. Playing with fire, burned.”

“Rippling water shows lack of depth.”

“Before you let your voice be heard, first lick your lips.”

“With willingness, there is a possibility.”

“One thing or the other is basically the same.”

“With willingness, there is a possibility.”

“A man finds what he takes to be small; it will only be big again when he loses it.”

“A person slips, and a ladder falls on him.”

“Moth will eat the finest linen.”

“An empty drum gives loud sound.”

“Be sick then have fun.”

“Neighbor’s grass is always greener.”

“There is a shrimp behind a rock.”

“The mills of God grind slowly but surely.”

“There is s snake under the grass.”|

“Life is what you make of it.”

“Barking dogs never bite.”

“Freedom or death.”

“Goodness shouts.”

“Evil whispers.”

“Head can be heated but heart must stay cool.”

“If an eel is with fish, he shows his tail; if he is with snakes, he shows his head.”

“If you give your liver, they ask for your heart.”

“If you go into a goat stable, bleat; if you go into a water buffalo stable, bellow.”

“A good marksman may miss.”

“A bad workman blames his tools.”

“Like a peanut who forgets its shell.”

“Because one dot of indigo (color), the milk is ruined.”

“One clap two flies.”

“Still water runs deep.”

“The firm tree does not fear the storm.”

“The laughter of someone pining for his beloved is like that of someone who is always crying.”

“The sea becomes the shore, the shore becomes the sea.”

“The shadow should be the same length as the body.”

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