German Proverbs


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When a man is happy he does not hear the clock strike.

When silent men speak they speak to the purpose.

When you sweep stairs, start at the top.

What goes up must come down.

What one does not have in the head, one must have in the legs.

What you give, is written in sand; what you take, with an iron hand.

When a man is rich, he begins to save.

When sorrow is asleep wake it not.

When you sweep the stairs, you start at the top.

What good is it to run when you are on the wrong road?

What one is accustomed to in youth, one does in old age.

What you have, hold.

When a thing is done, make the best of it.

When the calf is stolen, the peasant mends the stall.

Where all adulterers to wear grey coats, the cloth would be dear.

What greater crime than loss of time?

What one knows it is useful sometimes to forget.

What you lend to a friend, an enemy sues for.

When blind leads the blind, both fall into the ditch.

When the dog is awake, the shepherd may sleep.

Where everyone goes, the grass never grows.

What harm is there in a good word? It costs nothing.

What ripens fast does not last.

What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.

When David grew old he sang pious psalms.

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