Portuguese Proverbs (001-100)

Better repair the gutter than the whole house.

A stout heart breaks ill fortune.

Better a distant good than a near evil.

God permits, but not forever.

Let the giver be silent and the receiver speak.

A friend is to be taken with his faults.

What is bought is cheaper than a gift.

Good fruit never comes from a bad tree.

Woman, wind, and luck soon change.

Honey is not for the ass's mouth.

A well-formed figure needs no cloak.

Good words and bad acts deceive both wise and simple.

The fingers of the same hand are not alike.

Where there is no honor there is no dishonor.

From great rivers come great fish.

Better a red face than a black heart.

The hen's eyes turn to where she has her eggs.

A friend's fault should be known but not abhorred.

An estate inherited is the less valued.

Much chatter, little wit.

A fast horse does not want the spur.

The hen that stays at home picks up the crumbs.

He doubts nothing who knows nothing.

The dog that barks much bites little.

Beware of the dog that does not bark.

The dog that barks much is never good for hunting.

Beware of a door that has many keys.

Money wins the battle, not the long arm.

The dead open the eyes of the living.

A word and a stone once let go cannot be recalled.

Good words and bad acts deceive both wise and simple.

An honest man's word is as good as the king's.

An innocent heart suspects no guile.

Go to your rich friend's house when invited,
to your poor friend's without invitation.

Feign death and the bull will leave you.

The cat is a good friend, only she scratches.

What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.

One bird in the hand is worth two flying.

There is no day without its night.

An open box tempts an honest man.

Birds of prey do not flock together.

A hungry belly hears nobody.

A contented ass enjoys a long life.

The gentle calf sucks all the cows.

No one is a good judge in his own cause.

If you would be a good judge, hear what every one says.

The ass that is hungry eats thistles.

Better an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me.

He who is well prepared has half won the battle.

The accomplice is as bad as the thief.

A dull ass near home trots without the stick.

The blunders of physicians are covered by the earth.

Little chips kindle the fire, and big logs sustain it.

Where the cock is the hen does not crow.

A good cock was never fat.

Much caution does no harm.

Iron that is not used soon rusts.

Everyone speaks as he is.

Where there's no might there's no right.

Money is the measure of all things.

By going gains the mill, and not by standing still.

Money soothes more than the words of a cavalier.

Time and the hour are not to be tied with a rope.

Let the guts be full, for it is they that carry the legs.

The pot that boils too much loses its flavor.

In war, hunting, and love, for one pleasure a hundred pains.

Lovers' quarrels are love redoubled.

Much laughter, little wit.

The law devised, its evasion contrived.

God gives clothes according to the cold.

Work done expects money.

Where there's no fire there's no smoke.

Every land its own custom, every wheel its own spindle.

Rather lose the wool than the sheep.

Women and glass are always in danger.

The treason approved, the traitor abhorred.

A seat in the council is honor without profit.

No woman is ugly if she is well dressed.

An honest man's word is as good as the king's.

Like king, like law; like law, like people.

Laws go where crusadoes please.

A word and a stone once let go cannot be recalled.

A gossiping woman talks of everybody, and everybody of her.

One wolf does not kill another.

A hungry wolf is not at rest.

A woman and a hen are soon lost through gadding.

The wolf is well pleased with the kick of a sheep.

Wind and fortune are not lasting.

Soft water constantly striking the hard stone wears it at last.

Saints appear to fools.

The old saints are forgotten in the new,

Every one is a king in his own house.

A dead man does not speak.

If you want clear water, draw it from the spring.

A beggar's wallet is never full.

A rich widow weeps with one eye and laughs with the other.

Ill weeds are not hurt by frost.

There's no catching trouts with dry breeches.

Time passes like wind.

Thinking is not knowing.

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