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- Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
- Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
- Until the crickets sing it is not summer.
- Unwilling service earns no thanks.
- Use power to curb power.
- Use soft words and hard arguments.
- Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
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- Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
- Visits always give pleasure, if not the arrival, the departure.
- Vulnerant omnia, ultima necat. (All the [hours] wound you, the last
- W -
- Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
- Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the
- We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
- We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
- We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.
- The well-travelled may lie with impunity.
- What is true by firelight is not always true by daylight.
- What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
- We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
- What can't be cured, must be endured.
- What is bought is cheaper than a gift.
- What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks.
- What the people believe is true.
Native American Proverb (Anishinabe)
- What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.
- What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
- What you give you get, ten times over.
- When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.
- When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.
- When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
- When anger rises, think of the consequences.
- When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
- When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.
- When a wife sins the husband is never innocent.
- When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.
- When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
- When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.
- When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.
- When glory comes, loss of memory follows.
- When in doubt, Gallop!
Proverb of the French Foreign Legion
- When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward.
- When the hand ceases to scatter, the heart ceases to pray.
- When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.
- When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
- When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
- When the ant grows wings it is about to die.
- When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
- When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
- When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
- When two quarrel, both are to blame.
- When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our
- When you are thirsty, it is too late to think about digging a well.
- When you drink from the stream remember the spring.
- When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
- When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
- When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of
bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- When you live next to the cemetary, you cannot weep for everyone.
- When your neighbor's house is on fire, carry water to your own.
- When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you.
- When you throw dirt, you lose ground.
- When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
- Where ambition begins happiness ends.
- Where God has his church the Devil will have his chapel.
- Where there is a sea there are pirates.
- Where there is love, there is pain.
- Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
- Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
- Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.
- Where the river is deepest it makes least noise.
- The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
- A white wall is the fool's paper.
- Who accepts nothing has nothing to return.
- Who depends on another man's table often dines late.
- Who gossips to you will gossip of you.
- Who is not ashamed doubles his sins.
- Who lies for you will lie against you.
- Who play wid de puppy get bit wid de fleas.
- Who punishes one threatens a hundred.
- Whose bread I eat: his song I sing.
- Who seeks a friend without faults dies alone.
- Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
- Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
- Wife for a time, mother for all time. (Fanm pou you tan, manman pou tout tan.)
- Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.
- The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
- The wise man shapes himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
- With a good name one may sin easily.
- With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris in a bottle.
- With money in your pocket you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well too.
- With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
- Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.
- The woman cries before the wedding and the man after.
- A woman either loves or hates, there is no third course.
- A woman without a man is like a garden without a fence.
- Women in mischief are wiser than men.
- Words must be weighed, not counted.
- Worries go better with soup than without.
- Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- The worse the passage the more welcome the port.
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- You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.
- You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
- You can't make pancakes without breaking eggs.
- You know how to run, but you donít know how to hide. (Ou konn kouri, ou pa konn kache)
- You may laugh at a friend's roof; don't laugh at his sleeping accomodation.
- The young lobster learns his manner of walking from the old lobster.
- Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.
- Young pigs grunt as as old pigs grunted before them.
- Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
- You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
- You must climb the mountain if you would see the plain.
- You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your
- Yuh can't suck cane and blow whistle.