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- U -
  1. Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
      Romanian Proverb


  2. Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
       Spanish Proverb


  3. Until the crickets sing it is not summer.
       Greek Proverb


  4. Unwilling service earns no thanks.
      Danish Proverb


  5. Use power to curb power.
      Chinese Proverb


  6. Use soft words and hard arguments.
       English Proverb


  7. Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
      Persian Proverb



- V -
  1. Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
      Japanese Proverb


  2. Visits always give pleasure, if not the arrival, the departure.
       Portuguese Proverb


  3. Vulnerant omnia, ultima necat. (All the [hours] wound you, the last one kills)
      Latin Proverb



- W -
  1. Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
      French Proverb


  2. Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.
       Spanish Proverb


  3. We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
      English Proverb


  4. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
       Haida Proverb


  5. We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.
      French Proverb


  6. The well-travelled may lie with impunity.
      French Proverb


  7. What is true by firelight is not always true by daylight.
      French Proverb


  8. What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
      Scottish Proverb


  9. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
      French Proverb


  10. What can't be cured, must be endured.
       Old Proverb


  11. What is bought is cheaper than a gift.
      Portuguese Proverb


  12. What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
      Romanian Proverb


  13. What the people believe is true.
      Native American Proverb (Anishinabe)


  14. What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.
      French Proverb


  15. What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
      Jewish Proverb


  16. What you give you get, ten times over.
      Yoruba Proverb


  17. When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.
       Swedish proverb


  18. When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.
      German Proverb


  19. When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
       Hindu Proverb


  20. When anger rises, think of the consequences.
      Confucius


  21. When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
      Romanian Proverb


  22. When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.
      English Proverb


  23. When a wife sins the husband is never innocent.
      Italian Proverb


  24. When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.
       African Proverb


  25. When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
      Chinese Proverb


  26. When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.
      Spanish Proverb


  27. When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.
       Miscellaneous Proverb


  28. When glory comes, loss of memory follows.
      French Proverb


  29. When in doubt, Gallop!
       Proverb of the French Foreign Legion


  30. When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward.
       Swedish Proverb


  31. When the hand ceases to scatter, the heart ceases to pray.
      Irish Proverb


  32. When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.
       Nigerian Proverb


  33. When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
      Swiss Proverb


  34. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
      Ethiopian Proverb


  35. When the ant grows wings it is about to die.
       Arabic Proverb


  36. When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
      German Proverb


  37. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
      African Proverb


  38. When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
      Japanese Proverb


  39. When two quarrel, both are to blame.
      Dutch Proverb


  40. When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
      French Proverb


  41. When you are thirsty, it is too late to think about digging a well.
      Japanese Proverb


  42. When you drink from the stream remember the spring.
      Chinese Proverb


  43. When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
      Czech Proverb


  44. When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
      Jewish Proverb


  45. When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
      Chinese Proverb


  46. When you live next to the cemetary, you cannot weep for everyone.
       Old Proverb


  47. When your neighbor's house is on fire, carry water to your own.
      Italian Proverb


  48. When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you.
      African(Wolof) Proverb


  49. When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
      Texan Proverb


  50. When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
      Chinese Proverb


  51. Where ambition begins happiness ends.
      Hungarian Proverb


  52. Where God has his church the Devil will have his chapel.
       Spanish Proverb


  53. Where there is a sea there are pirates.
       Greek Proverb


  54. Where there is love, there is pain.
      Spanish Proverb


  55. Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
      German Proverb


  56. Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
       Confucius


  57. Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.
      Korean Proverb


  58. Where the river is deepest it makes least noise.
      Italian Proverb


  59. The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
       Arab Proberb


  60. A white wall is the fool's paper.
       French Proverb


  61. Who accepts nothing has nothing to return.
      German Proverb


  62. Who depends on another man's table often dines late.
       Italian Proverb


  63. Who gossips to you will gossip of you.
      Turkish Proverb


  64. Who is not ashamed doubles his sins.
      German Proverb


  65. Who lies for you will lie against you.
      Bosnian Proverb


  66. Who play wid de puppy get bit wid de fleas.
       Guyanese Proverb


  67. Who punishes one threatens a hundred.
      French Proverb


  68. Whose bread I eat: his song I sing.
      German Proverb


  69. Who seeks a friend without faults dies alone.
      Turkish Proverb


  70. Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
       German Proverb


  71. Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
       Japaneses Proverb


  72. Wife for a time, mother for all time. (Fanm pou you tan, manman pou tout tan.)
      Haitian Proverb


  73. Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.
      Swedish Proverb


  74. The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
      German Proverb


  75. The wise man shapes himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
      Chinese Proverb


  76. With a good name one may sin easily.
      Dutch Proverb


  77. With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris in a bottle.
       French Proverb


  78. With money in your pocket you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well too.
       Jewish Proverb


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


  80. Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.
      Spanish Proverb


  81. The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
      Polish Proverb


  82. A woman either loves or hates, there is no third course.
      Latin Proverb


  83. A woman without a man is like a garden without a fence.
      German Proverb


  84. Women in mischief are wiser than men.
      English Proverb


  85. Words must be weighed, not counted.
       Polish Proverb


  86. Worries go better with soup than without.
      Jewish Proverb


  87. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
      Swedish Proverb


  88. The worse the passage the more welcome the port.
      English Proverb



- Y -
  1. You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.
       Russian Proverb


  2. You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
       Jewish Proverb


  3. You can't make pancakes without breaking eggs.
      Spanish Proverb


  4. You know how to run, but you donít know how to hide. (Ou konn kouri, ou pa konn kache)
      Haitian Proverb


  5. You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accomodation.
       Kenyan Proverb


  6. The young lobster learns his manner of walking from the old lobster.
       Slovakian Proverb


  7. Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.
      French Proverb


  8. Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them.
      Danish Proverb


  9. Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
       Jewish Proverb


  10. You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
      Navajo Proverb


  11. You must climb the mountain if you would see the plain.
      Chinese Proverb


  12. You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
      Irish Proverb


  13. Yuh can't suck cane and blow whistle.
      Guyanese Proverb



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