Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Greek proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!
- It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man.
- If you steal something small, you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions, you are a gentleman of society.
- Not speech, but facts, convince.
- The people make the town.
- Never give a sword to a fool or power to an unjust man.
- A young man should not marry yet; an old man, not at all.
- In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.
- Don’t forget to distrust.
- Pity the man who has no nails to scratch himself.
- A fox is not caught twice in the same snare.
- Think with the wise, but talk with the vulgar.
- He who wants to be happy must stay at home.
- A good bird begins chirping while in the egg.
- No need to teach an eagle to fly.
- You easily forget the eyes that don’t see you anymore.
- Give me today and you may keep tomorrow.
- Envy accomplishes nothing.
- Men’s wishes are different from what God orders.
- Even from a foe a man may learn wisdom.
- If you do not have brains, you follow the same route twice.
- Better the first of its kind than the last.
- If you are truthful, you will have as much gold as you want.
- A lazy tailor finds his thread too long.
- No one loathes the smell of himself.
- The tongue has no bones, yet it breaks bones.
- Know all and you will pardon all.
- Friendships and loves are forgotten, and when they meet, they talk like strangers, like passersby.
- The dream is realized where you do not expect it.
- If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.
- Old men are twice children.
- Great abilities produce great vices as well as virtues.
- Who hunts two hares will catch neither.
- When you go to bed with a clear head, you will not get up with a headache.
- The fox that waits until the chicken falls from the perch dies from hunger.
- Live today; forget the past.
- Remorse is worse than a beating.
- Listen carefully, speak seasonably.
- Whoever feeds the wolf in the winter will be eaten by him in the spring.
- Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.
- A thousand people cannot undress a naked person.
- Time is the soul of the world.
- It is sweet for the saved man to recall labor.
- To have five drachmas in the hand is better than ten drachmas on paper.
- God loves the burglar, but he loves the householder too.
- Old age and poverty are wounds that cannot be healed.
- Keep no secrets of thyself from thyself.
- One witness, one liar; more witnesses, all liars.
- Pleasures are transient; honors are immortal.
- Men never moan over the opportunities lost to do good, only the opportunities to be bad.
- Women are as changeable as the sea.
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3 thoughts on “Greek Proverbs”
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