Turkish Proverbs

  • Two captains sink a ship.

  • The sheep separated by the flock is caten by the wolf.

  • He who does not appreciate one can not get one thousand.

  • I found today, I will eat today. Tomorrow ? Well, God is great.

  • One hand does not clap. Two hands do.

  • Many ants kill a camel.

  • An inexperienced duck dives tail first.

  • A lake forms drop by drop.

  • A guest comes with ten blessings, eats one and leaves nine.

  • The master of the house is the servant of the guest.

  • The wind that the sailor likes does not blow at all times.

  • Do not speak of rope in a house of a hanged man.

  • The dog that barks much does not bite.

  • The cock that crows at the wrong time is killed.

  • He who gets up (starts up) in anger, sits down with a loss.

  • An ass does not appreciate fruit compote.

  • It is not disgraceful to ask, it is disgraceful no to ask.

  • The fly is small, but it is big enough to make one sick.

  • Stick the needle into yourself (to see how it hurts) before you thrust the packing-needle into others.

  • What flares up fast, extinguishes soon.

  • An over-protected eye gets the speck (Being overly careful invites misfortunes).

  • Killing two birds with one stone.

  • Two heads are better than one.

  • A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.

  • A heart in love with beauty never grows old.

  • A hungry stomach has no ears.

  • A man is as wise as his head, not his years.

  • A man is judged by his work.

  • A red apple invites stones.

  • A small key opens big doors.

  • A thousand friends are too few; one enemy is one too many.

  • A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.

  • Activity breeds prosperity.

  • Beauty Passes, wisdom remains.

  • Better to die on a full stomach than to live on an empty one.

  • Both the hunted and the hunter rely on God.

  • Do what your teacher says but not what he does.

  • Dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.

  • Eat and drink with your friends but do not trade with them.

  • Empty words will not fill an empty stomach.

  • Every “bad” has its “worse.”

  • For every wise man there is one still wiser.

  • God finds a low branch for the bird that cannot fly.

  • God has created us brothers but has given us separate purses.

  • If a dog’s prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky.

  • If God closes one door, He opens a thousand others.

  • If skill could be gained by watching, every dog would become a butcher.

  • It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason.

  • Kind words will unlock an iron door.

  • Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once.

  • Wish well, be well..


Date: November 23rd, 2001
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