Turkish Proverbs


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The baker's child goes hungry.

The father donated a vineyard to his son, the son didn't give a bunch of grapes to the father. (Meaning: Used when a person does something ungrateful and selfish to another person who made good deeds for him.)

The highway is always shorter than the unknown side roads.

The place of your birth is less important than how you live.

The stew of cheap meat will be tasteless.

There is no remedy to be found for what is to happen and dying.

They will cut off the head of a cock that crows before it is time.

Today's egg is better than tomorrow's hen.

What comes from ah will go to oh.

When you tell the truth, have one foot in the stirrup.

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 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 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.

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