Yiddish Proverbs (101-200)

A clock that stands still is better than one that goes wrong.

Envy breeds hate.

If the bride can't dance, she blames the musicians.

Send a fool to the market and a fool he will return.

When a mother calls her child bastard,
you can take her word for it.

A person can study for seventy years and at the end die a fool.

Generosity does not make a man poorer.

If a Jew cannot be a shoemaker,
he will dream of being a professor.

The eyes are the mirror of the soul.

You never lose a false coin.

Better to die upright than to live on your knees.

Hire staff but do it yourself.

Measure the corn of others with your own bushel.

The longer a blind man lives, the more he sees.

A good friend is often better than a brother.

Do not show a stick to a dog that has been beaten.

If you want to know what God thinks of money,
look at the people he gives it to.

One hand washes the other.

Treat me like a rabbi; watch me like a thief.

A guest is like rain: When he lingers on,
he becomes a nuisance.

Every worm has its hole.

If you don't toil, you won't eat.

Provide for the worst; the best can take care of itself.

What's left over from the thief is spent on the fortune-teller.

A lock is meant only for honest men.

God gave burdens, also shoulders.

If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch.

Tasty is the fish on someone else's dish.

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.

Anger is a thorn in the heart.

He who dances at the wedding, weeps at the funeral.

Like soap for the body so are tears for the soul.

The most certain thing in life is death.

You can wash your body but not your soul.

Charm is more than beauty.

If a link is broken, the whole chain breaks.

Nothing tastes more bitter than the truth.

To assume is to be deceived.

A good man, but his mad dog
won't let you speak to him.

Each child brings his own blessing into the world.

If I am like others, who will be like me?

People always sing the tune that pleases their benefactor.

What good is honor when you're starving?

Borrow causes sorrow.

If charity costs nothing, the world would
be full of philanthropists.

One God and so many enemies.

What can you do with a good cow that gives
a lot of milk and then kicks the bucket over?

A fault-finder complains even that the bride is too pretty.

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough
but not baked in the same oven.

If you can't endure the bad,
you won't live to witness the good.

Stubbornness is the greatest ill.

When God wants to punish an idiot,
He teaches them a few words of Hebrew.

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he's right.

God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.

It is not good to be alone, even in Paradise.

The entire world rests on the tip of the tongue.

A person's worst enemy can't wish
on him what he can think up himself.

Cancer—schmancer! As long as you're healthy.

If you keep on talking, you will end
up saying what you didn't intend to say.

No blessing is bestowed on a secret.

There is nothing new under the sun—
and that's why there remains such a mess.

A half truth is a whole lie.

Don't call a man honest just because
he never had the chance to steal.

If only one race has to be chosen, why the Jews?

Over the bottle many a friend is found.

Weeping makes the heart grow lighter.

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.

Flattery sits in the parlour when
plain dealing is kicked out of doors.

If God were living on earth, people would break His windows.

Silence is also speech.

When a fool has the cow by the horns,
the wise man can milk it.

A guest for a day is welcome the whole year.

Golden dreams make men wake hungry.

It is better to be ten times ill than one time dead.

The sun shines brighter after a shower.

Words should be weighed, not counted.

Being miserly does not make a man richer.

He who stands by his point of view,
must be ready to suffer hunger.

Make new friends, but don't forget the old ones.

The best horse needs a whip, intelligent men
need advice, and the devout man needs a woman.

A man too good for the world is no good for his wife.

Don't throw away the old bucket until
you know whether the new one holds water.

If your heart is bitter, sugar in the mouth won't help.

One does not live on joy or die of sorrow.

Truth never dies, but lives a wretched life.

A lazy messenger is not short of excuses.

Every pot will find its lid.

If you ever need a helping hand
you'll find one at the end of your arm.

Rob not, repent not.

When God wants people to suffer,
he sends them too much understanding.

Don't ask questions about fairy tales.

If you can't bite, better not show your teeth.

One who wants to know is better than one who already knows.

When God wants to break a man's heart, he gives him a lot of sense.

A wounded soul is difficult to heal.

From success to failure is one step;
from failure to success is a long road.

If one has nothing to answer, it is best to shut up.

The door of success is marked ‘push and pull.’

Whomever needs milk, bows to the animal.

An angry man is not fit to pray.

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