Laotian Proverbs


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One has to cross upstream, higher up, to come downstream properly.

One piece of wood will not make a fire.

Ten mouths speaking are not as good as seeing with one?s own eyes; ten eyes that see are not as good as what one has in one?s hand.

The voice of a poor man does not carry very far.

When the buffaloes fight it is the grass that suffers.

When the water level falls, the ants eat the fish; when the water level rises, the fish eats the ants.

When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.

When you have money, you can speak; When you have wood, you can build your home.

A person?s stripes are inside; those of a tiger are outside.

You can bend a young twig, but it is hard to bend an old tree.

A single rotten fish makes a basketful turn bad.

You get nothing watering a stump.

A tray full of money is not worth a mind full of knowledge.

You know, you teach. You do not know, you learn.

Although he who walks behind an elephant may feel very secure, he is likely to get splattered with elephant dung.

If you like to have things easy, you'll have difficulties; if you like problems, you will succeed.

If you must be a servant, serve the rich; if you must be a dog, let it be a temple dog

Learning means loving the country.

Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.

When you've heard it you must see it; when you've seen it make a judgement with your heart.

Listen with one ear; be suspicious with the other.

Happiness flies away from those who want it most.

If you like things easy, you'll have difficulty. If you like problems, you'll succeed.

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