April 28, 2010

Proverbs from Around the World for Cultural Diversity Month

"Join with good men and you will be one of them." -Venezuelan Proverb

"There's a risk in every jump." -Puerto Rican Proverb

"You must always be careful with something that's greater than you are." -Shoshone Proverb

"Your whole destiny is involved in the attitude you take towards your sin." -American

"Those who wish to sing always find a song." -Swedish

"Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away." -Iranian

"God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage." -Bulgarian

"He who knows nothing, doubts nothing." -Brazillian

"The man being carried does not realize how far away the town really is." -Nigerian

"Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble." -French

"A book tightly shut is but a block of paper." -Chinese

"Wisdom does not come overnight." -Somalian

"All things are difficult before they are easy." -Italian

"Children aren't dogs; adults aren't gods." -Haitian

"Pay attention to the whispers, so we won't have to listen to the screams." -Cherokee

"Say nothing about another that you wouldn't want to hear about yourself." -El Salvadoran

"Among the weak, the strongest is the one who doesn't forget his weakness." -Panamanian

"You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo tube." -Japanese

"Every man is the builder of his own hut." -Tahitian

"Dig your well before you're thirsty." -Hindu

"Many will show you the way once your cart is overturned." -Kurdish

"This world is a harsh place, this world." -Zulu

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  1. I love these proverbs. This one is really good, "Pay attention to the whispers, so we won't have to listen to the screams." -Cherokee

  2. There are some REALLY good ones in there! Thanks for putting this together. ;)

  3. These proverbs are so true. Interesting how some of the same bits of wisdom are found in many seemingly very different cultures yet are only said in their own unique words. Thanks for finding and posting all of these gems.

  4. I like the Swedish proverb--It think that pretty much sums me up.

    I have never heard of the American proverb.

  5. Wonderful proverbs! I enjoyed reading these!!

  6. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!


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