Serbian Proverbs

“God does not pay every Saturday.”

“When the sun shines on me I think but little of the moon.”

“Tell the truth and make thyself scarce.”

“The just man laughs and the guilty hides himself.”

“No trade without tools.”

“Where right is of no use wrong will not avail.”

“Who does not keep a cat keeps mice.”

“No resolution without discussion.”

“The miser ends by giving more, and the lazy man by going further.”

“What is play to horses is death to donkeys.”

“Trust but verify.”

“Build the barn before you buy the cow.”

“To know the path ahead, ask those returning.”

“Three times measure, one-time cut.”

“The wound heals, the scar remains.”

“A good deed is the best form of prayer.”

“A man without enemies is worthless.”

“An empty knapsack is heavier to carry than a full one.”

“Everyone is worth more than his neighbor and less than his son.”

“A thorn pierces young skin more quickly than old.”

“A greedy father has thieves for children.”

“A good reputation is better than golden clothes.”

“A dead man pays no debts.”

“Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.”

” An empty knapsack is heavier to carry than a full one.”

“Everyone is worth more than his neighbor and less than his son.”

“After a trial one party is naked and the other without a shirt.”

“Believing is easier than investigating.”

“Jealousy and fear have big eyes.”

“It is not at the table but in prison that you learn who your true friends are.”

“It is easier to believe than to go and ask.”

“If you humble yourself too much, you will get trampled on.”

“He who drinks on credit gets drunk twice.”

“Better retreat in honor than advance in disgrace.”

“Quick to believe is quickly deceived.”

“The first marriage is a plate of honey, the second a glass of wine, and the third is a cup of poison.”

“The wound heals, the scar remains.”

“It is supposed that if there is a rumor, there must be some truth behind it.”

“The morning is wiser than the evening.”

“Where they promise too much, bring a small purse.”

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