Turkish Proverbs


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The governor must fill your jars.

The one that falls in to the sea grabs even a snake. (Used to point out that one may have to choose an unpleasant alternative in a dire situation.)

The sheik cannot fly, but his disciple lets him fly.

The wise man says what he knows; the fool doesn't know what he is saying.

They put the blabbermouth in hell, and he shouted The wood is damp!

To listen to a lie is harder than to tell it.

We will burn a blanket to kill a flea.

When the bundles of tobacco are ready, dancing begins.

Who falls into the sea will take hold even of a snake.

Who seeks a friend without faults dies alone.

You can proclaim the truth also in a friendly way.

No route is long with good company.

One hand may be superior to another. (Used to remind that one should not assume no one else can do better.)

Poverty is a shirt of fire.

Tell a lazy man to do something. He’ll give you advice!

The dog that is going to bite does not show its teeth.

The green twig is easily bent.

The one who asks has one side of his face dark; the one who refuses to give has both sides. (Used to put the shame or burden on the side that can give but refuses to do so.)

The sheik's miracles are those of his own telling.

The world is like that: one gives a melon, the other gets the stomach cramps.

They put the nightingale into a golden cage, yet it still craved for its home.

To live in peace one must be blind, deaf, and mute.

What a man is at seven is also what he is at seventy. (Used when expressing dissatisfaction in unchanged human behavior or the fact that one never learns from one's mistakes.)

When the flock makes an about-face, the stragglers become leaders.

Who fears the sparrows must not sow millet.

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