Turkish Proverbs


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Who has never been burned in the sun won't know the value of shadow. (Meaning: One will not appreciate something, if they haven't ever been in need of it.)

Who wants yoghurt in winter must carry a cow in his pocket.

You don't have to know much to read, but you do to cook.

Not he who lived long knows, but he who traveled much knows.

One night with an ugly woman and one day in the mountains both are like an eternity.

Satan's friendship reaches to the prison door.

The baker's child goes hungry.

The father gave his son a vineyard, the son didn't give the father even a grape.

The horse can die from too much barley.

The plumber's house (roof) always leaks.

The stone will not move from its place unless head is put to head.

There is no reply to the ignorant like keeping silence.

They will expel him who speaks the truth from nine villages.

Tomorrow is another day.

What does one hand have? Two hands make a sound.

Where conceit and ignorance sit, grass will not grow again.

Who has no intention to pray has no ears for the call to prayer.

Whoever gets burnt by hot milk blows on the cool yogurt.

You don't steal a bitter eggplant.

Not knowing is not shameful, not asking is shameful.

One scabbed sheep will taint a whole flock.

Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey.

The first drink makes you a frisky gazelle, the second an impetuous zebra, the third a roaring lion, and with the fourth you become a silly donkey.

The house that receives no guests, never receives angels.

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