Turkish Proverbs


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What is loaned will go away smiling and come back crying.

Where there is activity, there is fertility.

Who has seen death will be content with illness.

Wine that isn't paid for is drunk twice.

You harvest what you sow. (Used to remind a person that one's own past actions are responsible for the present situation.)

One arrow does not bring down two birds.

One who handles honey, licks his fingers. (Meaning: Somebody in charge of handling money or resources, get to keep or enjoy some benefits for himself.)

Silence is music to a wise man.

The buyer of the rotten beans is the blind man.

The fly is small, but it can upset your stomach. (Used when an event that seems insignificant to others, still bothers a person.)

The liar's house burned, but nobody believed it.

The raven sees its chickens as falcons.

The tree bearing fruit, gets stoned. (Used to point out that only a productive person trying to do new things gets to be criticized.)

There is no sovereignty like bachelorhood.

Thorns and roses grow on the same tree.

Trees bend when they are young.

What is salt to tasteless food, what is a word to a foolish head?

Where you were born is less important than how you live.

Who is far from the eye will also be far from the heart. (Meaning: One who is out of sight is also out of mind.)

Winnowing is with the wind, wedding is with the people.

You master, I master, who milking this cow?

One bad experience is worth more than a thousand threats.

One who sows wind will reap hurricane. (Used to caution people to moderate their actions.)

Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to wood

The cheese vessel will not sail merely by words.

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