Korean Proverb


1. The person who has many faults is usually the first to criticize others. Put something off for one day, and ten days will pass.

2. The person who knows himself and his opponent will be invincible. Carve a peg only after you have observed the hole.

3. To be prepared is to have no anxiety.

4. To begin is to be half done.

5. A great river does not refuse any small streams.

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Kenyan Proverb


1. Hurry hurry has no blessings.

2. Many births mean many burials.

3. One does not slaughter a calf before its mother’s eyes.

4. A boy isn’t sent to collect the honey.

5. One finger alone cannot kill even a louse.

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Kazakhs Proverb


Kazakhs Proverb

1. Do not consider a sorcerer a husband, nor a male bull a cattle.

2. *Uishi would walk among the woods in the same fashion that a critic would walk among countries.

3. Trade occurs while you are stroking your beard.

4. First of all you need health, then a white shawl (a wife) and five sheep.

5. A mountain eagle shares his food, but an owl would hide the food under his backs.

* A uishi is a house builder or in early Kazakh times, the frame of the yurts. He would always keep his eyes open for trees he could use for the next project.

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Jordanian Proverb


1. Who knows and who does not know will say a full hand of lentils.

2. What can you do? Such is life.

3. Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.

4. Tomorrow the snow will melt and grass will appear.

5. The unlucky are unlucky even if they hang a lantern on their head.

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Japanese Proverb


1. A bad wife spells a hundred years of bad harvest.

Meaning : A bad wife is a ruin of her husband.

2. Luck exists in the leftovers.

Meaning : There is luck in the last helping.

3. If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.

Meaning : Nothing ventured, nothing gained. / You can’t do anything without risking something.

4. Summer heater winter fan.

Meaning : Something which is out of season and therefore rendered useless.

5. Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon.

Meaning : Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself.

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Jamaican Proverb


1. Finger never says “look here,” he says “look yonder.”
Explanation: People do not usually point out their own faults.

2. If you put your hand in the devils mouth, take it out carefully.
Explanation: Act cautiously in getting out of difficulty.

3. The peacock hides his foot when he  about his tail.
Explanation: A proud person does not hear his little weaknesses exposed. 

4. Do not wait until the drum beats before you grind your axe.
Explanation: Be prepared for all eventualities.

5. If you are afraid of the eye, you will never eat the head.
Explanation: If you regard too much the good opinion of any one you will never prosper.

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Ivorian Proverb


1. A bad son gives his mother a bad name.

2. A friend will wipe away sweat but not blood.

3. A poor man’s sheep will never get fat.

4. Better a bad wife than an empty house.

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Italian Proverb


1. A burnt child dreads the fire.

Author : Mawr E.B. (1885)

2. He who serves God has a good master.

Author : Strauss Emanuel
(1994). 

3. Least said, soonest mended.

Author : Porter William Henry (1845).

4. If you are sufficiently determined to achieve something, then you will find a way of doing so.

Author : Martin H. Manser (2007).

5. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Israeli Proverb


1. A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.

2. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but acrushed spirit dries up the bones.

3. A mother understands what a child does not say.

4. A pessimist, confronted with two bad choices, chooses both.

5. A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved but when he becomes a master.

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Irish Proverb


1. The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

2. The hen has ruffled feathers until she rears her brood.

3. Two shorten the road.

4. One may live without one’s friends, but not without one’s pipe.

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