60 Ancient Indian Proverbs That Make Sense Even Today
1. A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain; and the best promise is that which has been proved by rain.
2. A known mistake is better than an unknown truth.
3. To give jewels to a donkey is as stupid as giving a eunuch to a woman.
4. Where the needle goes, the thread follows.
5. It is easy to forget a kindness, but one remembers unkindness.
6. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.
7. A man laughs at others and weeps for himself.
8. The pain is sometimes preferable to the treatment.
9. The tree casts its shadow on everything, even upon the woodcutter.
10. A wise man's day is worth a fool's life.
11. Cleanliness is out of faith.
12. Who is blind? He who can see no other world.
13. Ask thy purse what thou should buy.
14. Garlic is as good as ten mothers.
15. Believe what you see and not all you hear.
16. Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.
17. Ask for a science that would be useful to you, would keep you from harm and shame, then elevate you.
18. Better to have a diamond with a few small flaws than a rock that is perfect.
19. A fight in your neighbor's house is refreshing.
20. There is enmity between to dig and to let dig.
21. There are as many characters as there are individuals.
22. The worst kind of poverty is to have many debts.
23. If you are up to your knees in pleasure, then you are up to your waist in grief.
24. What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.
25. No strength within, no respect without.
26. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move.
27. There are three uncertainties: woman, wind, and wealth.
28. One and one sometimes make eleven.
29. The grown-up pays attention to what you are doing; the child sees beyond that.
30. You do not stumble over a mountain, but you do over a stone.
31. If you live on the river, befriend the crocodile.
32. There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person.
33. A house without children is a graveyard.
34. Death is a camel which sleeps in everyone's house.
35. Have faith -- God calls forth life even from eggs.
36. The tongue is safe; even among thirty teeth.
37. Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it.
38. Hunger drives good taste away.
39. Arrogance over the arrogant is modesty.
40. Better lie than gossip.
41. Dissent and you will be known.
42. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
43. Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
44. A blind man sat behind a pile of stones and thought that nobody could see him.
45. When a camel is at the foot of a mountain only then judge his height.
46. Since love departs at dawn, create, O God, a night that has no morn.
47. Most adults are attentive to what someone is doing, but children see beyond that.
48. A friend advises in his interest, not yours.
49. Blood can never turn into water.
50. A Bandicoot is lovely to his parents; a mule is pretty to its mate.
51. Look well, therefore, to this day.
52. A monkey that amuses me is better than a deer astray.
53. A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy.
54. A cat in a cage becomes a lion.
55. He who has a true friend, has no need of a mirror.
56. Dig a well then close the well, but do not fire a worker.
57. The hot sun melts away the snow; when anger comes, does wisdom go.
58. One of the two partners always bites the best part of the apple.
59. One finger can't lift a pebble.
60. Beware of he whose goodness you can't ask for for and whose evil you can't be protected from.
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