Turkish Proverbs


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When two jars collide, one breaks.

Who gives the money will play the flute.

Who sows wind will reap a storm.

You cannot forge a good sword from bad iron.

None is so rich as that he can throw away a friend.

One must ask about the delight of opium from one who smokes it.

Reversing losses at whatever point is a profit. (Used to point out that best action is to reverse course if one is going down the wrong path.)

Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are!

The earth has ears, the wind has a voice.

The hazelnut emerged from its shell and did not like the look of it.

The one who enters a Turkish bath sweats. (Used to point out that one's actions determine the consequences and therefore one should not complain about them later.)

The shroud has no pockets. (You can’t take material possessions with you when you die.)

There are many words that are like salted jam.

They sowed if only and if found, and wind and waste sprang up.

To quote lies is also lying.

What a man suffers is the punishment of his tongue.

When violence comes into the house, law and justice leave through the chimney.

Who goes near soot smells of soot, and who goes near musk smells of musk.

Who stands up with anger will sit down with loss.

You cannot get into Paradise without a guide.

Not every stone will hurt your head.

One must fill the pitcher while the water is flowing.

Salt water and absence wash away love.

The account of the donkey is different from that of the donkey-man.

The eyes of the bat are hurt by the light.

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