Swiss Proverbs

“A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same.”

“Better to sell with regret than to keep with regret.”

“The tongue is the worst piece of meat in the world.”

“Time’s most valuable when you don’t have it.”

“You learn through mistakes – no one was born a master.”

“Ask ten brewers and you will get eleven opinions.”

“Great consolation may grow out of the smallest saying.”

“When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.”

“He who does not work is without food.”

“As the stone leaves your hand, it belongs to the devil.”

“It is easier to criticize than to do better.”

“When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.”

“Words are dwarfs; deeds are giants.”

“Sometimes, you have to be silent to be heard.”

“Speech is silver; silence is golden.”

A clean house is a clean mind.

It is always the fat ones who lead the dance.

To be a fool at the right time is also an art.

He who mocks the cripple should be straight himself.

If everyone looks after themselves, everyone is looked after.

In a house of gold the clocks are of lead.

The night rinses what the day has soaped.

The poor lack much, but the greedy more.

“A good spectator also creates.”

“He that sleeps sound feels not the toothache.”

“Ask ten brewers, and you will get eleven opinions.”

Big fish eat little fish.

The French work to live, but the Swiss live to work.

Better to sell with regret than to keep with regret.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Think first, start later.

You learn how to cook on old pans.

Where it is customary the cow is brought to bed.

He who starts well is in the middle of the work.

“He who mocks the cripple should be straight himself.”

“If you close one eye, you will not hear everything.”

“Better to sell with regret than to keep with regret.”

“God lets things go — but only to a point.”

“Great consolation may grow out of the smallest saying.”

“One simple maxim is often worth more than two good friends.”

“At the bottom of the sack, you will find the bill.”

“The poor lack much, but the greedy lack more.”

“When in doubt, who will win, be neutral.”

“Avoid those who don’t like bread and children.”

What the farmer doesn’t know, he will not eat.

Sometimes you have to be silent in order to be heard.

The devil hides himself in details.

What good is a golden gallows if they are going to hang you.

Avoid those who don’t like bread and children.

Luck is on your path, one takes it, the other passes by it.

Mountains and valleys stand firm but people meet.

The tongue is the worst piece of meat in the world.

One simple maxim is often worth more than two good friends.

Every man is the maker of his own fortune.

When in doubt who will win, be neutral.

A swallow does not make a summer.

Marriage is a covered dish.

It’s easier to criticize than to do better.

When a merchant talks about sheep he means the hide.

He that sleeps sound feels not the toothache.

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