Australian Proverbs

Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Australian proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!

  • One nation, one people, one destiny.
  • Don’t blow your own trumpet.
  • A bad worker blames his tools.
  • None as deaf as those who would not hear.
  • Once bitten, twice shy.
  • The flounder does not return to the place he left when disturbed.
  • This land shall be inhabited.
  • May as well be here; we are as where we are.
  • Half a loaf is better than none.
  • One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
  • Out in the bush, the tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.
  • The more you know, the less you need.
  • Those who lose dreaming are lost.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • We are all visitors to this time, this place.
  • The clash of ideas brings forth the spark of truth.
  • You might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Women! Australia needs you too!
  • Australia—land of tomorrow.
  • If you catch a man, throw him back!
  • In the planting season, visitors come singly; and in harvest time, they come in crowds.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.
  • The bigger the hat, the smaller the property.
  • Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love; and then we return home.
  • It’s like the axe that’s had two new blades and three new handles but otherwise is just as it was when grandfather bought it.
  • None so deaf as those who would not hear.
  • Dog must not steal from dog.

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