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German Proverbs, Old Sayings and Words of Wisdom

Inspirational Quotes and Proverbial Wisdom from Germany about Fortune, Pride and Dignity, Time and Mortality

The belly has no conscience. --German proverb

Where there are no swamps there are no frogs. --German proverb

In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria. --German proverb

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people. --German proverb

No answer is also an answer. --German proverb

One does evil enough when one does nothing good. --German proverb

A foreign language is more easily learned in the kitchen than at school. --German proverb

Luck sometimes visits a fool, but it never sits down with him. --German proverb

More is to be got from one teacher than from two books. --German proverb

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. --German proverb

Buying is cheaper than asking. --German proverb

An old man loved is winter with flowers. --German proverb

Speak fair, and think what you will. --German proverb

Many take by the bushel and give by the spoon. --German proverb

To change and to change for the better are two different things. --German proverb

It's the whole, not the detail, that matters. --German proverb

To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog. --German proverb

Words are dwarfs, but examples are giants. --German proverb

When I rest, I rust. --German proverb

Love your neighbor, but keep your fence. -- German proverb

Blood is thicker than water. --German proverb

If you put out another's candle, you also will be in the dark --German proverb

Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land. --German proverb

He who handle pitch besmears himself. --German proverb

When the fox preaches, look to the geese. --German proverb

The devil makes work for idle hands. --German proverb

Kissing don't last but cooking do. --German proverb

The wise man has long ears and a short tongue. --German proverb
In time of war the devil makes more room in hell. --German proverb

Words are like bees, they have honey and a sting. --German proverb

Thievery and lying are kissing cousins. --German proverb

Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thornbush has roses. --German proverb

Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors. --German proverb

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. -German Proverb

Charity see the need not the cause. --German Proverb

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What are Proverbs and Where do the come from?

Proverbs and old sayings reveal many aspects about the cultural  traditions of a society. Proverbs originated from indigenous humble folk who handed down these wise old sayings over the centuries, generation to generation. Many proverbs serve as advisory tales, wise counsel and occasionally chastisement.