Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

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


"A good character is more valuable than gold."

"It is easier to dam a river than to stop the flow of gossip."

"Avoiding danger is not cowardice."

"No matter how much care is taken, someone will always be misled."

"Water can wear away even the hardest rock."

"Even if the truth is buried for centuries, it will eventually come out and thrive."

"Every road leads somewhere."

"A brave man will face a situation no matter how dreadful."

"A clear conscience is far more valuable than money."

"A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth."

"A country without freedom is like a prisoner with shackled hands."

"A diligent person will soon prosper."

"A desperate person will even hold on to a knife edge."

"A good character is real beauty that never fades."

"A fly that lands on a carabao feels itself to be higher than the carabao."

"A long voyage begins with just one step."

"A person who is outwardly calm has anger raging inside."

"A monkey dressed up is still a monkey."

"Acts tough but really a wimp."

"A young branch can be straightened, a mature one breaks."

"A year's care, a minute's ruin."

"An intelligent monkey can still be beaten."

"Avoiding danger is not cowardice. Courage without discretion is no good."

"Bad grass does not die easily."

"Borrowed clothes are either too tight or too loose."

"Caution minimizes loss."

"Children who get everything they ask for seldom succeed in life."

"Coincidence defeats a well-laid plan."

"Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls."

"Don't trust in fortune until you are in heaven."

"Courage without discretion is no good."

"Don't put your trust in Fortune until you are in heaven."

"He who believes in hearsay does himself a disservice."

"Every community has its own customs and traditions."

"He who cackled is the guilty party."

"He who boasts of his accomplishments will heap ridicule on himself."

"He who gives alms to the poor faces heaven."

"He who does not know to look where he came from will never get to his destination."

"He who does not love their national language is worse than a putrid fish."

"He who speaks too much works too little."

"I love cheese and Pepsi, too."

"He who quits does not win, he who wins does not quit."

"He who sowed wind, reaps a typhoon."

"If you are going a long way, go slowly."

"If the horse is already dead more hay will not help it."

"If a bamboo tube makes a loud sound, it is empty."

"If you buy things you don't need, you will soon be selling things you do need."

"If you like what you are doing, nothing is too far and no job is too hard."

"If you persevere, you'll have stew."

"If you make a habit of buying things you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do."