Proverbs

proverb is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore.

 

What is a proverb?

“proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many.” But giving the word “proverb” − Lord John Russell

 

“definition of a proverb is too difficult to repay the undertaking… An incommunicable quality tells us this sentence is proverbial and that one is not. Hence no definition will enable us to identify positively a sentence as proverbial,” − Archer Taylor

 

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Nigerian Proverbs

Nigerian Proverbs Nigerians or the Nigerian people, are citizens of Nigeria or people with ancestry from Nigeria. Nigeria is composed of various ethnic groups and cultures and the term Nigerian refers to a citizenship-based civic nationality. Nigerians derive from over 250 ethnic groups and languages. Though there are multiple ethnic groups in Nigeria, economic factors result...

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Niger Proverbs

Niger Proverbs Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest, Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. The capital and largest city is Niamey, located in Niger’s southwest corner. The country’s name comes from the Niger...

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Canadian Proverbs

Canadian Proverbs Canada is the world’s second largest country in land area (after Russia), although it has a medium sized population of 32 million people. The country has a wide variety of geographical features, including mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, plains, lowlands, and continental shields. Canadians have a wide variety of...

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Yoruba Proverbs

Yoruba Proverbs The Yorubas have an extraordinary number of proverbial sayings, and regard a knowledge of them as a proof of great wisdom, whence the saying, “A counsellor who understands proverbs soon sets matters right.” They are in constant use, and another saying runs, “A proverb is the horse of...

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Somali Proverbs

Somali Proverbs Somali (Af-Soomaali; Osmanya: [æ̀f sɔ̀ːmɑ́ːlì]) is an Afroasiatic language belonging to the Cushitic branch. It is spoken as a mother tongue by Somalis in Greater Somalia and the Somali diaspora. Somali is an official language of Somalia and Somaliland, a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali Region of Ethiopia and also in North Eastern Kenya. It is used as an adoptive...

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Outline of Proverbs

Outline of Proverbs A proverb is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore. Proverb is a short saying that is commonly known by public, and repeated as a piece of advice...

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Love Proverbs

Love Proverbs Love is considered to be a positive and negative: with its virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection, as “the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”; and its vice representing human moral flaw, akin to vanity, selfishness, amour-propre, and egotism, as it potentially leads people into a type of mania, obsessiveness or codependency. We have...

Spanish Idioms and Expressions

Spanish Idioms and Expressions An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, occurring frequently in all languages. In the English language alone, it is...

Spanish Proverbs

Spanish Proverbs Spanish proverbs are a subset of proverbs that are used in Western cultures in general; there are many that have essentially the same form and content as their counterparts in other Western languages. Proverbs that have their origin in Spanish have migrated to and from English, French, Flemish, German and other languages. Many Spanish proverbs have...

Italian Proverbs

Italian Proverbs Italians (italiani [itaˈljaːni]) are a Romance ethnic group and nation native to the Italian geographical region and its neighbouring insular territories. Italians share a common culture, history, ancestry and language. Italian Proverbs are short expressions of popular wisdom from Italy and other countries where Italian is spoken. A collection of Italian Proverbs to inspire you. Wise Italian Sayings in the form of proverbs that have been...

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Portuguese Proverbs

Portuguese Proverbs Portuguese people are a Romance  ethnic group indigenous to Portugal who share a common Portuguese culture, ancestry and language. Their predominant religion is Christianity, mainly Roman Catholicism, though large segments of the population, especially the younger generations, have no religious affiliation. The Portuguese people’s heritage largely derives from...

Portuguese Proverbs in Portuguese

Portuguese Proverbs in Portuguese Portuguese proverbs and phrases popularly known as representations of common sense. The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 232 total. A a beleza está nos olhos de quem vê a cada um o que é seu a carne é fraca a casa de um...

Irish Proverbs

Irish Proverbs The Irish (Irish: Muintir na hÉireann or Na hÉireannaigh) are a nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland’s recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. The Irish have their...

Dutch Proverbs

Dutch Proverbs Dutch people (Dutch: Nederlanders) or the Dutch are a Germanic ethnic group and nation native to the Netherlands. They share a common ancestry, culture and speak the Dutch language. Dutch people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in Aruba, Suriname, Guyana, Curaçao, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia,...

African American Proverbs

African American Proverbs African Americans (also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans) are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The phrase generally refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States. A collection of African American Proverbs to inspire you. Wise African American Sayings in...

Native American Proverbs

Native American Proverbs Native Americans, also known as American Indians, Indigenous Americans and other terms, are the indigenous peoples of the United States, except Hawaii and territories of the United States. More than 570 federally recognized tribes live within the US, about half of which are associated with Indian reservations. The...

English Proverbs, Phrases and Meanings

English Proverbs, Phrases and Meanings It’s good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all the time. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a friend. Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking...

English Proverbs

English Proverbs Proverbs are popularly defined as “short expressions of popular wisdom”. Efforts to improve on the popular definition have not led to a more precise definition. The wisdom is in the form of a general observation about the world or a bit of advice, sometimes more nearly an attitude...

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Cowboy Proverbs

Cowboy Proverbs A collection of Cowboy Proverbs to inspire you. Wise Cowboy sayings in the form of proverbs that have been passed down for generations. Please DO page find from your browser for your SEARCH. Cowboy coffee ain’t safe drinkin’. – Cowboy Proverb Cowboy is a breed tougher than nails and strong...

Western Slang, Lingo, and Phrases

Western Slang, Lingo, and Phrases Ever wonder what some of them thar’ words mean when you’re reading an Old West novel, watching a historic movie, or maybe even digging through your grandparents’ old letters? Well, here’s a guide to help! From the wild and wooly mining camps to the rampages of the Civil...

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