Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

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


"If you plant, you harvest."

"If you stash, you have something to withdraw."

"It is advantageous to follow advice, for you will succeed in life."

"It is easy to be a man. It is hard to make oneself human."

"If you sow arrows, you will reap sorrows."

"It is easy to be born, it is difficult to be a human being."

"Laziness is the sibling of starvation."

"Loyalty is more valuable than diamonds."

"Lazy people will eventually lose even their trousers."

"Many people count other people?s faults and ignore their own."

"Marriage is not just a porridge that you spit out if it's too hot."

"No bread is too hard for warm coffee."

"No matter how long the procession, it still ends up in church."

"Mercy resides in God; deeds are in men."

"No child was ever born without having been conceived."

"Not all that is black is charcoal."

"One who spends too much time choosing ends up with cracked wares."

"People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything."

"Stones hurled to the sky. Don't get angry if you get hit."

"Postpone today's anger until tomorrow."

"Strength is defeated by (a strong) strategy."

"Tell a lie and the truth will come to light."

"Tell me who your father is, and I'll tell you who you are."

"The child who is given everything he asks for usually won?t succeed in life."

"The earth has ears, news has wings."

"The fly on the back of a water buffalo thinks that it's taller than the buffalo."

"The hardest person to wake up is the person who is already awake."

"The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body."

"The noisiest drum has nothing but air inside."

"The person who is always criticizing others is usually the one who deserves criticism the most."

"The higher the bamboo, the more it can be bent."

"The real hero doesn't say that he is one."

"The rattan basket criticizes the palm leaf basket, still both are full of holes."

"The voluntary obedience of people depends on who is commanding them."

"There is no bad food in a famine."

"The prepared beats the hardworking person."

"The person who makes an error should be taught, and not made fun of."

"There's a crocodile in every big river."

"There is no bitter crust to a hungry person."

"To a dog a bone has more value than a pearl."

"Thorns bury shallowly into one who walks slowly. Thorns bury deeply into one who walks fast."

"There's no glory without sacrifice."

"There is no earthly bliss not watered by tears."

"Too much bragging drives away wisdom."

"Truthfulness ensures a lasting relationship."

"To a person who has real shame, words are oath."

"What good is a palace if it's inhabited by owls. Better a straw hut inhabited by humans."

"What good is a something big that is still needed to be searched, if there is something small that is in your hands?"

"Whatever the tree, so is the fruit."

"What good is horse when the grass is already dead?"