Filipino Proverbs (301-404)

A person without self-control is like a boat without a rudder.

No blade is sharp enough when it strikes stone.

There is no dull blade to him who diligently sharpens it.

As the timber is, so are its shavings.

Prepare shelter before the rain falls.

Alertness and courage are life's shield.

When the sun shines, it shines on everyone.

A small boat must sail close to the shore,
but a big one may go to the sea.

No crocodile shoves away carcass.

A bamboo shoot never grows singly.

A sleeping shrimp is carried away by the current.

Even if you don't like your guests, welcome them with a smile.

An evil deed, like smoke, cannot be hidden.

Life is like smoke that is fleeting.

The snake grows with every repetition of the story.

Even soaked wood when put near the
flame long enough will surely burn.

Pride soars as high as the sky.

If you sow pride, you will reap war.

He who sows wind will reap typhoons.

Death comes to us whether we are standing or sitting.

There is no steadfast virgin to a persevering devotee.

If the bow sinks, the stern follows.

No matter how well you clean a goat, it will still smell like a goat.

You can stop the mouth of a river but not the mouth of man.

Whoever strays from known paths may lose his way.

The sleeping boatman does not know the streams he has passed.

In union there is strength, in discord destruction.

A short strong rope is better than a long rotten one.

There is no victory without a struggle.

The more a thorn stuck in the flesh is touched, the more it hurts.

The bitterness of studying is preferable
to the bitterness of ignorance.

A small but sturdy jar is better than a big broken one.

Have patience so that you will succeed.

When fortune comes, it comes suddenly and without warning.

Where the sugar is, there the ants will be also.

There is no hardship that cannot be surmounted.

Even if we are surrounded by poison we
will not die of it if we do not take it.

Cheerfulness gives sweetness to life.

Even if a horse is fed with sweets and bread, it will still prefer its hay.

After the clouds are swept aside, brightness will appear.

Wherever the head goes, the tail follows.

When a tree falls, it is taken off for firewood.

Good nature and talent are worth more than a large fortune.

Every kind of animal can be tamed, but not the tongue of man.

The calf of the carabao is tamed by gentle caresses.

Honey is sweeter after one has tasted something bitter.

Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are.

For every door that shuts, ten will open.

Not all that is black is charcoal.

The eyes are the mirror of the soul.

A small fish on the table is better than
a big one that still has to be caught.

Evading the enemy is true courage.

Modesty is the emblem of goodness.

There is no good swimmer against a swift current.

The tongue is only three inches long but it can kill even a king.

He who plants the most has plenty
to harvest and has many friends.

When it is a friend that asks, don't wait till tomorrow to grant it.

No merchandise is too expensive to one who has money.

Nothing is too far and no job is too hard if you like it.

Borrowed clothes are either too tight or too loose.

Too much trust breeds disappointments.

Better that the body should suffer than that the soul be in torment.

Every community has its own customs and traditions.

We are living with death trailing us.

The good deeds you do now are the treasure of the future.

Lazy persons will eventually lose even their trousers.

Don't trust in fortune until you are in heaven.

If a bamboo tube sounds loudly, it is empty.

Industry is the twin brother of prosperity.

A house with two owners will soon be neglected.

Nobody reaps happiness without
first undergoing hardships.

An uneducated woman is like a flower without fragrance.

Caution is born of unpleasant experience.

Love unexpressed is useless.

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.

Loyalty is more valuable than diamonds.

A good character is more valuable than gold.

Life is like a bubble that may vanish at anytime.

Laziness is the mother of all vices.

A flood may be stopped but not a wagging tongue.

It is better to walk in the rain than
to wear a rain hat that does not fit.

Don't empty your water jar until the rain falls.

The way to heaven is not strewn with roses.

The way to heaven is full of obstacles and brambles.

To those we love best, we say the least.

However good a person is, he has some weakness.

Good breeding combined with wealth
brings honor to a person.

Industry is the mother of wealth and well-being.

If there is wealth, there is joy.

A respectful child is the wealth of his parents.

Wealth can be sought, but reputation never.

Even if you are wealthy it still pays to be thrifty.

What you do when you are young will be
what you will do when you get old.

What the parents are, so will the children be.

Trees growing on windy places are sturdy.

A man without money is like a bird without wings.

If you wish to have no enemy, do not lend.

A word is not a knife but it wounds just as deeply.

Words are worthless unless backed up by deeds.

There is not better evidence
than something written on paper.

What is written on sand is washed out by the tide.

If a carabao with its four feet makes a
wrong step, how much more man.

Though you dress a carabao in silk,
he will always return to the mud.

Tell me who your father is, and I'll tell you who you are.

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