- Q -
- Quarrels do not last long if the wrong is only on one side.
- A quarrel is like buttermilk: once it's out of the churn, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.
- R -
- Rats know the way of rats.
- A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.
- Ready money works great cures.
- Remember the rain that made your corn grow. (Sonje lapli ki leve mayi ou)
- Rent and Taxes never sleep.
- The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
- Revenge does not long remain unrevenged.
- Revenge is a confession of pain.
- The reverse side also has a reverse side.
- A rich man has no need of character.
- A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.
- The rich worry over their money, the poor over their bread.
- The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
- Rotten wood cannot be carved.
- S -
- Salt doesn’t boast that it is salted. (Sel pa vante tèt li di li sale.)
- Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
- Self-praise is nno praise at all.
- Set a thief to catch a thief.
- Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
- The shortest answer is doing.
- A shroud has no pockets.
- Sickness shows us what we are.
- The silent dog is the first to bite.
- Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
- Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
- A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of
- The sinning is the best part of repentance.
- Sleep faster, we need the pillows.
- Slow fire ah boil hard cow-heel.
- Smelling good is expensive. (Santi bon koute che.)
- Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
- A snake deserves no pity.
- So long as a man is angry he cannot be in the right.
- Sorrow is the child of too much joy.
- Speaking French doesn't mean you are smart. (Pal franse pa di lespri pou sa.)
- Speak of the devil and he appears.
- Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
- A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.
- Spread the table and contention will cease.
- The stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted.
- Strew no roses before swine.
- Success has many friends.
- Summer is the mother of the poor.
- The sun sets without thy assistance.
- Sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbors.
- T -
- A teacher is better than two books.
- Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve
me, and I'll understand.
Native American Proverb
- Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
- Tell nothing to thy friend that thy enemy may not know.
- That which doesn't kill you makes you fat. (Sa ki pa touye ou, li angrese ou.)
- There is a pinch of the madman in every great man.
- There is no economy in going to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.
- There is no flying without wings.
- There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
li>There is no prayer which does not have an "Amen". (Nanpwen lapriye ki pa gen "Amen.")
- There is no pride like that of a beggar grown rich.
- There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.
- There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.
- There is not enough room for two elephants to sit in the same shade.
- There is nothing hidden between Heaven and Earth
- There is no wise response to a foolish remark.
- There is no worse robber than a bad book.
- There is one who kisses, and the other who offers a cheek.
- There wouldn't be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.
- They brag most of their ancestors who are unworthy of them.
- Think much, speak little, write less.
- Those who wish to sing always find a song.
- Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.
- Those who do not study are only cattle dressed in men's clothes.
- Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
- Those who lose dreaming are lost.
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
- Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas.
- Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.
- A thousand regrets do not cancel one debt.
- Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.
- Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man
who thinks he is wise.
- Three Spaniards, four opinions.
- Time gives good advice.
- To a friend's house the road is never long.
- To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a
true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
- To change and change for the better are two different things.
- To compare is not to prove.
- To deceive a diplomat speak the truth, he has no experience with it.
- To know and to act are one and the same.
- To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
- Tomorrow is the busiest day of the year.
- To own is to fear.
(Tener es temer.)
- To the good listener, half a word is enough.
- To want to forget something is to remember it.
- The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.
- To understand your parents' love, bear your own children.
- Travellers from afar can lie with impunity.
- A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
- Trees often transplanted never prosper.
- Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat
in a flock of goats.
- Truth is the safest lie.
- Truth never dies, but lives a wretched life.
- A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.
- Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
- Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
- Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.
- Two watermelons can not be held under one arm.