Yiddish Proverbs (401-482)

Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant.

When the time comes for you to live, there aren't enough years.

An empty barrel makes a lot of noise.

He who would have others pity him must pity others.

Laughter can be heard further than weeping.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

You find everything when you are spring cleaning.

Better ruined ten times than dead once.

Hope for miracles, but don't rely on one.

Men don't build on strange ground.

The whole world is a big town.

A fool will jump into the bath and forget to wash his face.

Doctors and gravediggers are partners.

If each one sweeps before his own door,
the whole street is clean.

One ass calls the other a pack animal.

True poverty does not come from God.

A meowing cat catches no mice.

Every man knows that he must die,
but no one believes it.

If the pupil is smart, the teacher gets the credit.

Rejoice not at your enemy's fall,
but don't pick him up, either.

When both parties are right, it's a bad day for ‘right.’

A rich man's foolish sayings often pass for wise ones.

Had you gotten up early,
you wouldn't have needed to stay up late.

It's never too late to die or get married.

The rich man who is stingy is the worst pauper.

You cannot hold your head high with your hand out.

Better an ounce of happiness than a pound of gold.

Health? Very nice! But where will we get potatoes?

Make sure to send a lazy man for the Angel of Death.

The longest road is the one that leads to your pocket.

God: You do such wonderful things
for complete strangers; why not for me?

A quarrel is like an itch; the more
you scratch, the more it itches.

He who is silent means something just the same.

It's not so terrible when you lose money,
but when courage is lost, all is lost.

Spare us what we can learn to endure.

The complete fool is half prophet.

‘For example’ is not the same as ‘proof.’

By day they're ready to divorce,
by night they're ready for bed.

If fortune calls, offer him a seat.

Never approach a goat from the front,
a horse from behind,
and a fool from either side.

One should not send a cat to deliver cream.

Tomorrow your horse may be lame.

A man comes from dust & in dust he will end.
In the meantime it is good to drink a sip of vodka.

Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up;
don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out.

If it goes, it goes, don't force it.

If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides.

Prayers go up and blessings come down.

When a miller fights with a chimney sweep,
the miller gets black and the chimney sweep gets white.

A fool is his own informer.

God will provide -- ah, if only He would provide till He does.

It is better to be in hell with a wise man
than in heaven with a fool.

The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.

With time, even a bear can learn to dance.

Attractiveness is better than beauty.

He that cannot pay, let him pray.

Love your neighbor, even if he plays the trombone.

The glaciers didn't freeze overnight.

A good enemy is better than a bad friend.

Charity excuseth not cheating.

If you lose your self-respect, you also lose the respect of others.

No choice is also a choice.

There's no insurance against death and poverty.

A nation's treasure is its scholars.

Don't bargain with God.

If everyone were allowed to take from the world
all her heart desired, there would be nothing left.

Parents once taught their children to talk.
Now their children teach them how to keep quiet.

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

A rich man has no need of character.

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

If it were God's will, you could shoot with a broom too.

Small children won't let you sleep,
bigger children won't let you live.

When your enemy falls, don't rejoice.

All signs are misleading.

He who has children will never die of starvation.

Look for cake, and lose your bread.

The cold strengthens you more than hunger.

You do not fall because you are weak,
you fall because you think you are strong.

Beware of still water, a still dog, and a still enemy.

If you are lucky, even your ox will calve.

Mothers-in-law are fine so long as they are deaf and blind.

The man who desires to know, knows more than
the man who knows everything already.

Understanding is something we're sure the other fellow hasn't got.

zzzzOne person enjoys a piece of hard cheese,
a second a spun out prayer chant, and a third a door to the street.

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