Yiddish Proverbs (301-400)

A boil is fine as long as it's under someone else's arm.

Even in heaven, it is not good to be alone.

If you want people to think you are wise, agree with them.

Pride can live in the dungheap.

What a man thinks up for himself,
his worst enemy couldn't wish for him.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

Go quickly but don't fall off my step.

If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

Talk too much and you talk about yourself.

When one lives, one experiences.

An imaginary sickness is worse than a real one.

He who wins first, loses last.

Life is just like a dream—but don't wake me.

The grave is already dug and man still continues to hope.

You can't measure the whole world with your own yardstick.

Better to hear curses than to be pitied.

How many will listen to the truth when you tell them?

Mix with your neighbors and you will soon
learn what's going on in your own house.

The scholar knows what she lacks knowledge of.

A lion doesn't fear a fly.

Don't approach a goat from the front,
a horse from the back or a fool from any side.

If someone throws stones at you, throw back bread.

One chops the wood, the other does the grunting.

Truth is the safest lie.

A lie can take you far away—but with no hope of return.

Fleas are not lobsters.

If the rich could hire someone to die for them,
the poor would make a wonderful living.

Some people are like new shoes—the cheaper
they are, the louder they squeak!

When brains are needed, brawn won't help.

All things grow with time, except grief.

Happy is she who conducts herself honorably.

It's not as good with money as it is bad without it.

The wheel turns round.

You can't make cheesecakes out of snow.

A man is not old until his
regrets take the place of his dreams.

From the black earth there grows the finest grain.

If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are.

The truth is not always what we want to hear.

You can't chew with somebody else's teeth.

Ask advice from everyone, but act with your own mind.

He who marries for money earns it.

Love tastes sweet, but only with bread.

The nearer to the synagogue, the farther from God.

Not all nice things are dear, but those that are dear are nice.

Bygone troubles are a pleasure to talk about.

If the eyes didn't see, the hands wouldn't take.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

We are all schlemiels.

A thief's end is hanging.

Experience costs blood.

If it must always be better, it can never be good enough.

Shrouds are made without pockets.

When one must, one can.

A shlemiel lands on his back, and bruises his nose.

Gold's father is dirt, yet it regards itself as noble.

It is better to have an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.

The talk of the day is the dream of the night.

With a child in the house, all corners are full.

Before you say a word you're
a master; afterwards, you're a fool.

He that lies on the ground cannot fall.

Lovers do not need much room.

The body is a sponge, the soul an abyss.

A rich man who is stingy is the worst pauper.

Charity and pride have different aims,
yet both feed the poor.

If you would try to be like someone else,
who would want to be like you?

No one sees his own hunchback.

Nothing falls from heaven.

They have a strong love bond;
he with himself and she with herself.

A golden key will open every lock.

Drive the horse with oats, not with curses and oaths.

If your friend becomes your enemy,
he will be your enemy for life.

Parents can give their children
everything except good luck.

What you don't see with your eyes,
don't invent with your tongue.

A good name is better than a precious stone.

God is a father, happiness is a stepfather.

In time, even a bear can be taught to dance.

The crow flies sky high and lands on a pig.

When you have left a country, you have left everyone.

As the sheep are shorn, the lambs shiver.

He who is not good for himself is no good for others.

Look down if you would know how high you stand.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue,
says more than the fool when he speaks.

Your neighbor's apples are the sweetest.

A chip on the shoulder indicates wood higher up.

God made man because he loves stories.

Interest on debts grow without rain.

The way you prepare the bed, so shall you sleep.

Your health comes first—
you can always hang yourself later.

Better ask ten times than go astray once.

Hell is not as bad as the road that leads to it.

Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains.

The heaviest thing in the world is an empty pocket.

A flatterer must not lose his temper.

Do not avenge yourself of fleas by burning up your bed.

If you have nothing to lose, you can try anything.

Only a fool will stay a fool.

What you save is, later, like something found.

A deaf man heard how a mute told that a
blind man has seen how a cripple walked.

Give me, Lord, my daily bread, I will get my own brandy.

If two people say he is drunk, the third one should sleep.

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