Proverbs - Inspirational Words of Wisdom

Proverbs are wisdom of the experienced passed down from generation to generation; they are sayings and usually contain good advice for living. Here find a collection of famous proverbs containing inspiration; many of these adages are wise sayings, expressions,and phrases that have been passed down for centuries.

William R. Alger once said, "Proverbs are mental gems in the diamond fields of the mind." The word Proverb is taken from the Latin word proverbium. Proverbs speak to a simple truth or are often considered common sense, but are expressed usually in a one line sentence. They can be witty and amusing. Most proverbs are one liners but have true meaning in them.


Collection of Proverbs

African

American

Chinese

Czech

Danish

English

French

Funny Proverbs

Italian

Irish

Japanese

Korean

Russian

Scottish

Spanish

Turkish

Welsh

Yiddish



Some of our Favorite Proverbs:

It takes a whole village to raise a child.
African

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
Chinese

Character can be built on daily routine. Japanese

If you plant grass, you won't get rice.
Malaysian

Dig your well before you are thirsty.
Hindustan

Kind words can conquer. Tamil

If you count your friend's
mistakes, he will desert you. Arabian

Laughter is the remedy for 1001 illnesses. Azerbaijani

A small key can open big doors.
Kurdish

Don't fall into a fire in order to avoid the smoke.
Turkish

A good
listener needs few words. Basque

You may find your best
friend or your worst enemy in yourself. English

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures in the doctor's
book. Irish

He who undertakes too many things at once seldom does any of them well.
Dutch

Confessed faults are half mended.
Scottish

Even the best writer has to erase sometimes.
Spanish

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

What you cannot say briefly you do not know.
Danish

There is no wise response to a foolish remark.
Czechoslovakian

There are plenty of preachers who don't hear themselves.
German

You can tell who the good seamen are during a storm.
Greek

Do more things by
wisdom than by force. Hungarian

To the person who watches, everything reveals itself.
Italian

One man's fault is another man's lesson.
Maltese

Every answer can result in a new question.
Yiddish

If you are going to do something carelessly, it is better to give up entirely.
Russian

He who possesses
knowledge possesses the world. Uzbek

Half a loaf is better than none.
Australian

Take
time to enjoy life's roses. New Zealander

Self-help is the best help.
American

Through other people's faults, wise men correct their own.
Canadian

One timely shout is better than constant talk.
Mexican

Do not be excessively timid or excessively confident.
Cuban

Little by little, the bird builds its nest.
Haitian

Never say no due to pride, or yes due to weakness.
Puerto Rican

A dog that always barks gets little attention.
Argentine

Little by little, a person can get very far.
Peruvian

Some of our Favorite Proverbs from The Bible (NIV):
The Bible is full of wisdom and some of the best Proverbs are found there. Sayings that can help you live a fuller and more peaceful life. These have been around for thousands of years and have been an encouragement to many.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding NIV Proverbs 3:5

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1

Gossips betray a confidence, but the trustworthy keep a secret. Proverbs 11:13

Those who give heed to instruction prosper, and blessed are those who trust in the LORD. Proverbs 16:20

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30


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