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- I -
  1. If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
      Yiddish Proverb


  2. If a person shaves you with a razor, do not shave him with broken glass.
      Surinam Proverb


  3. If I die, I forgive you; If I live, we shall see.
       Spanish Proverb


  4. If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt.
      Russian Proverb


  5. If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow.
       Saudi Proverb


  6. If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
       Chinese Proverb


  7. If it is God who sends you, he'll pay your expenses. (Si se Bondye ki voye. Li peya fre ou.)
      Haitian Proverb


  8. If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
      Benjamin Franklin


  9. If the beard were all, goats could preach.
      Danish Proverb


  10. If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
       Jewish Proverb


  11. If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
       Russian Proverb


  12. If there is no wind, row.
      Latin Proverb


  13. If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
      Spanish Proverb


  14. If work were a good thing the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago. (Si travay te bon bagay, moun rich la pran-l lontan.)
      Haitian Proverb


  15. If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
      Russian Proverb


  16. If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hindred days of sorrow.
      Chinese Proverb


  17. If you bow at all, bow low.
      Chinese Proverb


  18. If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.
       Yiddish Proverb


  19. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
      American Proverb


  20. Za dvumya zaitsami pogonish'sya, ne odnogo ne poimaesh'. (If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.)
      Russian Proverb


  21. If you can't go over, you must go under.
      Jewish Proverb


  22. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
      American Proverb


  23. If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.
      African(Ovambo) Proverb


  24. If you do not strike back at him who hits you, there is no way for him to find out whether you also have hands.
      Russian Proverb


  25. If you forsake a certainty for an uncertainty, you will lose both the certainty and the uncertainty.
      Sanskrit Proverb


  26. If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet.
      Bulgarian Proverb


  27. If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
      Chinese proverb


  28. If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
       Khalil Gibran


  29. If you saw what the river carried, you would never drink the water.
      Jamaican Proverb


  30. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
      Native American Proverb (Minquass)


  31. If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
       Italian Proverb


  32. If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it.
      Chinese Proverb


  33. If you share your friend's crime you make it your own.
      Roman Proverb


  34. If you speak the truth, keep a foot in the stirrup.
       Turkish Proverb


  35. If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
      Chinese Proverb


  36. If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
      Arab Proverb


  37. If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't suspect him.
       Chinese Proverb


  38. If you want a crop for one year, grow grain; if you want a crop for ten years, grow a tree; if you want a crop for a hundred years, grow men.
      Chinese Proverb


  39. If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
       Spanish Proverb


  40. If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
       Yiddish Proverb


  41. If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.
      Haitian proverb


  42. If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.
       Russian Proverb


  43. If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
      Romanian Proverb


  44. If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
       Benjamin Franklin


  45. If you would live healthy, be old early.
      Spanish Proverb


  46. If you would be pope, you must think of nothing else.
      Spanish Proverb


  47. If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
      Benjamin Franklin


  48. If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.
       French Proverb


  49. Ignorance is bliss.
      American Proverb


  50. In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.
      Legal Proverb


  51. In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.
       Proverb


  52. In for a penny, in for a pound.
      English Proverb


  53. The innkeeper loves a drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.
       Jewish Proverb


  54. In the ant's house, the dew is a flood.
       Old Proverb


  55. In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
      Chinese Proverb


  56. In times of famine, sweet potatoes have no skin. (Nan tan grangou patat pa gen po)
      Haitian Proverb


  57. In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
       English Proverb


  58. In time of war, the devil makes more room in hell.
      German Proverb


  59. In the midst of great joy do not promise a man anything; in the midst of great anger do not answer a man's letter.
      Chinese Proverb


  60. In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish.
       English Proverb


  61. Into a closed mouth no fly will enter.
      Moroccan Proverb


  62. Invalids live longest.
      German Proverb


  63. It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
      Japanese Proverb


  64. It is a cart if it travels well, else it is but timber.
      Hindu Proverb


  65. It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
      Irish Proverb


  66. It is easier to guard a bushel of fleas than a woman.
      German Proverb


  67. It is easier to pull down than to build up.
       Latin Proverb


  68. It is easier to talk than to hold one's tongue.
       Greek Proverb


  69. It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
       Arab Proverb


  70. It is harder to be poor without complaining than to be rich without boasting.
      Chinese Proverb


  71. It is later than you think.
      Chinese Proverb


  72. It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
      Irish Proverb


  73. It is not enough to aim.; you must hit.
      Italian Proverb


  74. It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.
      Czech Proverb


  75. It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead.
      Irish Proverb


  76. It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.
      Scandanavian Proverb


  77. It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
      Latin Proverb



- J -
  1. The journey is the reward.
      Tao Proverb


  2. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
      Chinese Proverb


  3. Judge not the horse by his saddle.
      Chinese Proverb


  4. June is too early and July is too late -- for summer.
      Siberian Saying


  5. Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
      Chinese Proverb



- K -
  1. Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
      Chinese Proverb



- L -
  1. L'amour faite passer les temps. Les temps faite passer l'amour. (Love makes time pass. Time makes love pass.)
      French Sundial Motto


  2. Laws, like the spider's webs, catch the flies and let the hawk go free.
       Spanish Proverb


  3. Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
       Danish Proverb


  4. A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can't fool the rain. (Kay koule twompe soley soley men li pa twompe lapil.)
      Haitian Proverb


  5. A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
      German Proverb


  6. Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
      Chinese Proverb.


  7. Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
      Chinese Proverb


  8. Let each person drive away his own wasps.
      Japanese Proverb


  9. Let every fox take care of his own tail.
      Italian Proverb


  10. Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
      English Proverb


  11. Let no man deceive you with vain words.
       Biblical Proverb


  12. Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
      Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)


  13. Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
      Native American Proverb


  14. Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
      Chinese Proverb


  15. Little by little the bird builds its nest. (Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li.)
      Haitian Proverb


  16. A little dog is really brave in front of his masterís house. (Ti chen gen fos devan kay met li)
      Haitian Proverb


  17. Little men are fond of long titles.
      German Proverb


  18. A little pot boils easily.
      Dutch Proverb


  19. Little pots soon run over.
      Dutch Proverb


  20. Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
      Arab Proverb


  21. Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
      Spanish Proverb


  22. Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
      Latin Proverb


  23. Lomhlaba Unzima, Lohmhlaba. [This world is a harsh place, this world.]
      Zulu Proverb


  24. Long absent, soon forgotten.
      Romanian Proverb


  25. Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
      Jewish Proverb


  26. Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
       Russian Proverb


  27. Love is a kind of military service.
      Latin Proverb


  28. Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
      Swedish Proverb


  29. Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
      French Proverb


  30. Love rules without rules.
    (Amore regge senza legge.)
      Italian Proverb


  31. Love tells us many things that are not so.
       Ukranian Proverb


  32. Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
       German Proverb


  33. The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
       Persian Proverb



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