German Proverbs


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With one foot in the grave.

Words are good, but fowls lay eggs.

You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear.

With patience and time the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

Words are good, when works follow.

You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

With someone holding nothing but trumps it is impossible to play cards.

Words don't will the sack.

You can't see the wood for the trees.

Without industriousness, there is no reward.

Words of snow, which fell last year.

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.

Without knowledge, without sin.

Words often do more than blows.

You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

Woman's beauty, the forest echo, and rainbows, soon pass away.

Work makes free.

Young age is good, old youth will not do.

Women and maidens must be praised, whether truly or falsely.

Work makes life sweet.

Young angel, old devil.

Women and wine, game and deceit, Make the wealth small and the wants great.

Workmen are easier found than masters.

Young gamblers, old beggars.

Wine upon beer is very good cheer; beer upon wine consider with fear.

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