Worldly Wise

Proverbs from around the world:

  • See that you are wise, but also learn to appear ignorant. (Armenian)
  • If men could foresee the future, they would still behave as they do now. (Russian)
  • Many have suffered for talking; none ever suffered for keeping silent. (Italian)
  • To listen to a lie is harder than to tell it. (Turkish)
  • Not your friend but your enemy will tell you who you are. (Greek)
  • It is not the fault of the post that a blind man cannot see it. (Sanskrit)
  • A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. (Irish)
  • Patience is the door of joy. (German)
  • If you are standing upright, do not fear a crooked shadow. (Chinese)
  • The thief is sorry that he is to be hanged, not that he is a thief. (English)
  • It is the poor who gives alms to the poor. (Japanese)
  • Before you marry, think what you are doing. (Spanish)
  • Better wisdom than riches. (Swedish)
  • Bairns are certain care but no sure joy. (Scottish)
  • There are forty kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense. (West African)

And “It is easy to throw a stone into the Danube, but rather difficult to get it out.” (Yugoslavia)