Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Philippine Proverbs, aka Philipino, Filipino, Ilocano and Tagalog Proverbs, Salawikain or Sawikain


"Alertness and courage are life's shield."

"If you sow pride, you will reap war."

"Beauty will fade, but not goodness."

"Sacrifice is bitter, but its fruits are sweet."

"The bitterness of studying is preferable to the bitterness of ignorance."

"A man that talks too much accomplishes little."

"A young tree is easy to straighten, but when it's big it is difficult."

"A true friend is known in time of need."

"Captivating in the street, dead in the kitchen (lady who dresses beyond her means)"

"Barking dogs seldom bite."

"What is easily acquired is easily lost."

"A wise man doesn't see his foot on the ground, he watches his next step."

"Knowledge is wealth that can't be stolen."

"If it's work, do it fast. If it's food, eat it little by little."

"He who cackles laid the egg (he who talks first is the guilty party)."

"After the harvest, there's no hay. (Deeds cannot be undone) "

"It's better to be dead and forgotten than to live in shame."

"Of what use is grass when the horse is dead? (said to misers)"

"The tomato plant doesn't grow mangos. (A good person doesn't come from a bad family)"

"He who sows, reaps."

"He who waits dies, he who makes others wait lives."

"Be careful that you don't spit on your own face."

"A child that is given everything will rarely succeed in life."

"When a horse is borrowed, don't look at its teeth (don't criticize what you borrow)"

"What goes up must come down."

"You cannot squeeze blood out if there's none left. (said by a debtor)"

"A broom is sturdy because its strands are tightly bound."

"If you don't persevere, you can expect no reward."

"United we are strong, divided we fall."

"No man is brave in the presence of a crying woman."

"It is never too late to offer anything that is good."

"A sincere invitation is accompanied by a pull [of the hand]."

"A desperate person will grab at a knife."

"If it is not relevant, it makes no difference."

"A quitter never wins, a winner never quits."

"What one learns in childhood he carries into adulthood."

"Life is like a wheel; sometimes you are on top, sometimes you are in the bottom."

"A heavy burden is lightened if everyone participates in carrying it."

"The early bird beats the industrious person."

"Whoever talks much never does much."

"Whispering a gossip is louder than shouting it."

"One who believes in gossip has no self-discipline."

"Not all goodness brings sweetness."

"True well-being is found in happiness, not in prosperity."

"Forthrightness ensures lasting relationship."

"To wherever one leans is where he ends up."

"He sees a minor fault but misses the larger achievement."

"No undertaking is difficult if pursued with perseverance."

"Hasty work results in faulty work."

"Never trust a stranger."