Turkish Proverbs


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No flock without dog and shepherd.

One cannot eat the meat of every bird.

Others are always interested in us, just as we are interested in them.

Steal the minaret, but first prepare the sack for hiding it. (About planning ahead.)

The cornered rat will lick the balls of the cat.

The foot of a lamp is always the least lit.

The mill won't turn with carried water.

The rich man’s wealth tires the poor man's jaw. (Used to make a point that poor talks too much about what the wealthy have.)

The unqualified man desires to climb to the top; the bad man desires to sit at the head of the table.

There lies a lion in every heart.

To a bachelor, divorcing a wife comes easy. (Used to point out that when one does not carry a responsibility, it is easy for them to give advice.)

Two heads are better than one.

When a rich man falls they say it was an accident; when a poor man falls they say that he was drunk.

Who does not beat his own child will later beat his own breast.

Who leaves no traces in the field, will be put to shame at harvest.

With talking the cheese ship won't move.

You will reap whatever you sow.

No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.

One does not cut cloth for a yet unborn child. (Used to remind that one should not go far ahead of events or make too many assumptions.)

Out of ten men there are nine wives.

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

The courteous learn their virtue from the discourteous.

The forest should be burned when a sapling grows wrongly.

The most difficult master is the servant who became master.

The rose comes from the thorns that were born of roses.

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