Saturday, January 8, 2011

PROVERBS FROM INDIA

A bandicoot is lovely to his parents; a mule is pretty to its mate.

A beautiful woman belongs to everyone; an ugly one is yours alone.

A blind man sat behind a pile of stones and thought that nobody could see him.

A buffalo does not feel the weight of his own horns.

A cat in a cage becomes a lion.

A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.

A fly, a harlot, a beggar, a rat, and gusty wind; the village-boss and the tax collector - these seven are always annoying to others.

A lie has no author, nor a liar a conscience.

A lot of people become saints because of their stomach.

A man laughs at others and weeps for himself.

A pearl is worthless as long as it is still in its shell.

A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch -- both cannot be saved.

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.

A thief thinks everybody steals.

A cobra without fangs is like a piece of rope.

After eating nine hundred rats, the cat is now going on a pilgrimage.

Agriculture is best, enterprise is acceptable, but avoid being on a fixed wage.

All the water in the sea doesn't even reach the knees of the man who fears not death.

Always be well dressed, even when begging.

An old patient is better than a new doctor.

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.

As day break, the glowworms say "We've lit up the world!"

Austerity is an ornament, humility is honorable.

Be bad to the bad; good to the good; be a flower to other flowers and a thorn to other thorns.

Be first at the feast, and last at the fight.

Be like a camel -- carrying sweets but dining on thorns.

Better cross-eyed than blind.

Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults.

Clouds that thunder seldom rain.

Dependence on another is perpetual disappointment.

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.

Do what the mullah says, but don't do what he does.

Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water.

Drums sound loud because they are hollow.

Eat fire and your mouth burn; live on credit and your pride will burn.

Even if fed milk, a snake will still emit poison.

Every dog is a tiger in his own street.

Every man is the guardian of his own honor.

Faith keeps the world going.

Fate and self-help share equally in shaping our destiny.

Fish and guests smell when they are three days old.

Follow the river and you will get to the sea.

For the first five years of your son's life treat him as a prince, for the next ten years as a slave, then as a friend for the rest of his life.

For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.

Friendly words are convincing.

God laughs when you steal from a thief.

Good people, like clouds, receive only to give away.

Great anger is more destructive than the sword.

Happy is the woman whose husband does not speak to her.

Have faith -- God calls forth life even from eggs.

He that is baldheaded has no need of combs.

He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live.

He who does not climb, will not fall either.

He who has a true friend, has no need of a mirror.

He who is a guest in two houses, starves.

He who wants fruit should not pick flowers.

He who works as a slave, eats as a king.

Hunger drives good taste away.

I gave him a staff for his support and he uses it to break my head.

If a man gets rich overnight, he will carry his umbrella even at midnight.

If they don't exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another.

If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.

If you can't give any sugar then speak sweetly.

In a deserted village the jackass is king.

In a tree that you can't climb, there are always a thousand fruits.

In love beggar and king are equal.

In my homeland I possess one hundred horses, yet if I go, I go on foot.

It is a greater gift to give than to receive.

It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the better than lying idle.

It is easier to cover our feet with sandals than to cover the earth with carpets.

It is hard for an ex-king to become a night watchman.

It is little use to dig a well after the house has caught fire.

It is love that makes the impossible possible.

It is only in your coffin that you sleep really well.

It's a brave bird that makes its nest in the cat's ear.

It's better to pick a fight with your in-laws than with your neighbors.

It's easy to throw something into the river but hard to get it out again.

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.

Large desire is endless poverty.

Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Life is like the flame of a lamp; it needs a little oil now and then.

Man is like a bubble of water on the ocean.

Never stand in front of a judge or behind a donkey.

Never strike your wife, not even with a flower.

Never use a dwarf to measure the depth of the water.

No one was ever lost on a straight road.

No sin is hidden to the soul.

No strength within, no respect without.

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.

Not all the buds on a bush will blossom.

Nothing is comprehensible except by virtue of its edges.

One and one sometimes make eleven.

One finger can't lift a pebble.

One man's beard is burning, and another warms his hands by it.

One of the two partners always bites the best part of the apple.

One person can burn water, while another can't even burn oil.

Only the hunchback himself knows how he can lie comfortably.

Patience is the most beautiful prayer.

Pull someone by the ears and his head will follow.

Something done at the wrong time should be regarded as not done.

The baby has not been born yet, and yet you assert that his nose is like his grandfather's.

The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.

The crow was killed by the storm -- "He died by my curse," says the owl.

The dog's tail stays crooked even if he is buried for twelve years.

The enemy's own punishment is his envy.

The eyes do not see what the mind does not want.

When hot sun comes snow melts away; when anger comes, so does wisdom.

The man who has mounted an elephant will not fear the bark of a dog.

The money you dream about will not pay your bills.

The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.

The poor looks for food and the rich man for appetite.

The potter sleeps soundly, for no one would steal clay.

The sandal tree perfumes the axe that fells it.

The tongue is safe; even among thirty teeth.

The tree casts its shadow on everything, even upon the woodcutter.

The worst kind of poverty is to have many debts.

There are as many characters as there are individuals.

To sing to the deaf, to talk with the dumb, and to dance for the blind are three foolish things.

Truth has no branches.

True happiness lies in giving it to others.

When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him.

When the bed breaks, there is the ground to lie on.

When you drink milk under the palm tree, people will say that it is palm wine.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Where the needle goes, the thread follows.

Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it.

Why save when your son is a good son? Why save when your son is a bad son?

You can lean against that which resists.

You cannot separate water by beating it with a fork.

You may lock up the cock, but the sun will still rise.

You may look up for inspiration or look down in desperation but do not look sideways for information.

You may never die before death arrives.

You must answer the devil in his own language.

You should not call in a cat to settle the argument of two birds.

Your own wealth is flowers and wine; the other man's is but weeds.

God cures the patient, The doctor takes the fee.

Earth laughs at him who calls a place his own.

Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Where donkeys gather, kicks are cheap.

The mouth cannot be sweetened by just saying "Sweet."

The value of comfort is only known when it is lost.

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