German Proverbs (201-300)

The cows that low most give the least milk.

Cowards have no luck.

No ape but swears he has the handsomest children.

Where there's money, there is the devil;
but where there's none, there he is twice.

Millers and bakers do not steal, people bring to them.

He who has once invited the devil into his house,
will never be rid of him.

Better go to bed supperless than run in debt.

The devil is never so black as he is painted.

Let the dead rest.

The devil is civil when he is flattered.

Neighbor once over the hedge, neighbor over it again.

The belly is a bad adviser.

Everyone must pay his debt to nature.

After dinner stand a while, or walk a thousand steps.

One has only to die to be praised.

Praise a fine day at night.

Nobody does everything, nobody does nothing.

Money taken; freedom forsaken.

As the mistress, so the maid.

No one can do nothing and no one can do everything.

Two dogs fight for a bone and a third runs away with it.

When the dog is awake, the shepherd may sleep.

The best is what one has in his hand.

The best is the cheapest.

Self done is soon done.

Two dogs over one bone seldom agree.

All are not thieves whom the dog barks at.

A bashful dog never fattens.

Do what you should and let the people talk.

Something to every one is good division.

A dram of discretion is worth a pound of wisdom.

Misfortune, wood, and hair grow every day.

The more you stir the mire, the more it stinks.

Timid dogs bark most.

One bird in the dish is better than a hundred in the air.

It is hard to catch birds with an empty hand.

More is done with words than with hands.

Everybody does what he has learned.

Better a living dog than a dead lion.

What you want to do, do soon.

New doctor, new churchyard.

Everybody is the architect of his own fortune.

Dreams are froth.

A doctor and farmer know more than a doctor alone.

He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.

Prudent men choose frugal wives.

The ass carries corn to the mill, and gets thistles.

Beginning and ending shake hands.

Where there's no modesty, there's no honor.

Quiet dogs and still water are dangerous.

What is right for the one is reasonable for the other.

Dogs that bark much don't bite.

The silent dog is the first to bite.

A handful of might is better than a sack full of right.

Let everyone sweep before his own door.

Could everything be done twice,
everything would be done better.

A vicious dog bites its own master.

31] When an old dog barks, look out.

Everyone thinks that all the bells echo his own thoughts.

Love's anger is fuel to love.

Much money, many friends.

God's mill goes slowly, but it grinds well.

Only one can be emperor.

The end of wrath is the beginning of repentance.

Experience is the best teacher.

The executioner is a keen shaver.

Many take by the bushel and give with the spoon.

He who is feared by many, fears many.

What the eyes see, the heart believes.

Every one thinks his owl a falcon.

Who blackens others, does not whiten himself.

He who handles pitch, besmears himself.

Who does not punish evil, invites it.

A father maintains ten children better
than ten children one father.

Where there is modesty, there is virtue.

As the old ones sing, the young ones twitter.

Little enemies and little wounds are not to be despised.

Abroad one has a hundred eyes, at home not one.

Long fasting is no economy of food.

Who will not feed the cats must feed the mice and rats.

The weeping bride makes a laughing wife.

A clean mouth and honest hand
will take a man through any land.

Were all adulterers to wear gray coats,
the cloth would be expensive.

Bad eyes never see any good.

The master's eye does more than both his hands.

The farmer is master on his land.

Enough is better than a sackful.

Many a one threatens, while he quakes for fear.

One kisses the nurse for the sake of the child.

To everyone his own is not too much.

He must have keen eyes that would know a maid at sight.

Erring is not cheating.

He who treads on eggs must tread lightly.

A bad beginning may make a good ending.

Long borrowed is not given.

He who does not open his eyes must open his purse.

He who envies, suffers.

Love, thieves, and fear make ghosts.

The eye is never satiated with seeing.

One rotten egg spoils the whole pudding.

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