Turkish Proverbs


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Who loves roses, would bare its thorns. (Meaning: One who loves something, would not mind what comes with it)

Wormy beans will have blind buyers.

Your five year old son is your instructor; at ten your slave; at fifteen your equal and after that either friend or foe.

No matter how much snow falls, it won't remain there all the way till summer.

One eats, another watches; that's how revolutions are born.

Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.

Storm in a walnut shell. ( Similar to tempest in a tea cup.)

The Devil interferes with hurried work. (Meaning: If you hurry your work it will turn out wrong.)

The frog saw how the horses were shod, so she also lifted up her foot.

The mouth is not sweetened by saying “Honey, honey.” So the music, so the people.

The sea never buys fish.

The village one can see requires no guide.

They call one generous and make one lose one's property, they call one brave and make one lose one's soul.

To beg of the miser is to dig a trench in the sea.

Vinegar that costs nothing is sweeter than honey.

When it sees money, the flute will play itself.

Who enters the Turkish bath will sweat.

Who seeks a faultless friend remains friendless.

You can find no pomegranates on a willow tree, nor shame in the wicked.

No road is long with good company.

One hand does not clap. Two hands do.

Patience is the key of Paradise.

Stretch your feet according to your blanket. (Used to make a point that one should spend according to his means.)

The devil tempts all, but the idle tempt the devil.

The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns.

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