Hebrew Proverbs


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When con men meet a legitimately honest man, they are so bewildered that they consider him a greater con man than themselves.

Wheresoever there are ten [Jewish male] persons [gathered together to form a quorum], the Divine Presence is amongst them.

Whoever does not try, does not learn.

Women don't know what a secret is.

Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend: be discreet.

What one has, one doesn't want, and what one wants, one doesn't have.

When confronted with two possible scenarios, choose the more likely of the two.

Which is a man's most desirable occupation? The one for which he is most fit.

Whoever hastens to grow rich will not go unpunished.

Words which come forth from the heart enter into the heart.

Till age forty it is better to eat. After that, drinking is better.

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.

When luck enters, give him a seat.

While the dates are still in the borders of your skirt, run off with them to the distillery! (Meaning, before you waste what you have, convert it into something more productive. In the levant, men would make liquor from dates.)

Whoever hates a reprimand is stupid.

Worries go down better with soup than without.

Till age six, your son is your master; until ten he's your servant; until sixteen, a wonderful adviser; from then on, he's either your friend or your enemy.

What the daughter does, the mother did.

When prices drop, buy.

While the sandal is on your foot, tread down the thorns.

Whoever preys loudly, it shows he has little faith.

You always learn something even if you don’t know it.

These three are the marks of a Jew - a tender heart, self-respect, and charity

Time heals old pain, while it creates new ones.

What use is a candle at mid-day?

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