If a culture can agree on a set of phrases that continuously pack meaningful lessons which withstand the changing of generations, then perhaps the rest of us can also learn from Proverbs.

Proverbs are a counseling from our forefather who have lived and seen it all.

I love proverbs because no matter which country they come from, they tend to have a certain wit about them. It is like having a wiseguy sage as a best friend. Sure he wants the best for you, but he comes with a zinger when he brings his advice.

Top 70 Proverbs Quotes:

1. “You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.” — CONGOLESE PROVERB

2. “Never give advice unless asked.” — GERMAN PROVERB

3. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” —  CHINESE PROVERB

4. “Hold a true friend with both hands.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

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5. “Put off for one day and ten days will pass.” — KOREAN PROVERB

6. “A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

7. “Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.” — INDIAN PROVERB

8. “Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” — GERMAN PROVERB

9. “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.” — DUTCH PROVERB

10. “Laughter is the remedy for 1001 illnesses.” — AZERBAIJANI PROVERB

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11. “A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out.” — KOREAN PROVERB

12. “Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.” — FRENCH PROVERB

13. “A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” — CHINESE PROVERB

14. “A small leak will sink a great ship”. — RUSSIAN PROVERB

15. “Think of many things; do one.” — PORTUGUESE PROVERB

16. “A pearl is worthless as long as it is still in its shell.” — INDIAN PROVERB

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17. “A kind word is like a Spring day.” — RUSSIAN PROVERB

18. “He who does not look ahead always remains behind.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

19. “The teeth are smiling, but is the heart?” — AFRICAN PROVERB

20. “What you cannot say briefly you do not know.” — DANISH PROVERB

21. “An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” — SPANISH PROVERB

22. “A chattering bird builds no nest.” — AFRICAN PROVERB

23. “By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree.” — BUGANDA PROVERB

24. “To begin is to be half done.” — KOREAN PROVERB

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25. “An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” — GHANAIAN PROVERB

26. “Be a mountain or lean on one.” — SOMALI PROVERB

27. “All people smile in the same language.” — PROVERB

28. “Confessed faults are half mended.” — SCOTTISH PROVERB

29. “There is no beauty but the beauty of action.” — MOROCCAN PROVERB

30. “Every seed knows its time.” — RUSSIAN PROVERB

31. “Every smile makes you a day younger.” — CHINESE PROVERB

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32. “Dig your well before you are thirsty.” — HINDU PROVERB

33. “Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside”. — GHANAIAN PROVERB

34.  “The truth passes through fire and does not burn.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

35. “It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

36. “Little by little, the bird builds its nest.” — HAITIAN PROVERB

37. “The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine.” — YORUBA PROVERB

38. “He who undertakes too many things at once seldom does any of them well.” — DUTCH PROVERB

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39. “If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” — PROVERB

40. “A child is a child of everyone.” — SUDANESE PROVERB

41. “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” — BONDEI PROVERB

42. “The weak warrior wearing sandals overcomes the brave with a thorn in his foot.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

43. “Traveling is learning.” — KENYAN PROVERB

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44. “Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles”. — KOREAN PROVERB

45. “Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.” — HEMA PROVERB

46. “The calmer you go, the further along you will be.” — RUSSIAN PROVERB

47. “A heart that loves is always young.” — GREEK PROVERB

48. “A good listener needs few words.” — BASQUE PROVERB

49. “A patient person never misses a thing.” — SWAHILI PROVERB

50. “Never say no due to pride, or yes due to weakness.” — PUERTO RICAN PROVERB

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51. “He who marries a beauty marries trouble.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

52. “We desire to give two things to our children; the first one is roots, the other one is wings.” — SUDANESE PROVERB

53. “Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” — AFRICAN PROVERB

54. “Half a loaf is better than none.” — AUSTRALIAN PROVERB

55. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” — CHINESE PROVERB

56. “Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.” — JAPANESE PROVERB

57. “Kindness is more binding than a loan.” — CHINESE PROVERB

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58. “You can know ten things by learning one.” — JAPANESE PROVERB

59. “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”  — CHINESE PROVERB

60. “Sometimes you have to be silent in order to be heard.” — SWISS PROVERB

61. “Character can be built on daily routine.” — JAPANESE PROVERB

62. “If you have one finger pointing at somebody, you have three pointing towards yourself.” — NIGERIAN PROVERB

63. “If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” — PROVERB

64. “Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.” — AFRICAN PROVERB

65. “The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly.” — KIKUYU PROVERB

66. “One man’s fault is another man’s lesson.” — MALTESE PROVERB

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67. “One of these days is none of these days.” — PROVERB

68. “The person who has many faults is usually the first to criticize others.” — KOREAN PROVERB

69. “If your only tool is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail.” — GAMBIAN PROVERB

70. “Kind words can conquer.” — TAMIL PROVERB

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