Examples of American Proverbs
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A danger foreseen is half-avoided.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend who shares is a friend who cares.
A good chief gives, he does not take.
A good man does not take what belongs to someone else.
A good soldier is a poor scout.
A hungry stomach makes a short prayer.
A leopard can not change his spots.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
A man must make his own arrows.
A miss is as good as a mile.
A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass.
A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax.
A starving man will eat with the wolf. Oklahoma.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Actions speak louder than words.
After dark all cats are leopards.
After the feast comes the reckoning.
All dreams spin out from the same web.
All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.
All that glitters is not gold.
All who have died are equal.
An apple a day keeps doctor away.
Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart.
Bad news travels fast.
Barking dogs seldom bite.
Batter safe than sorry.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better a live coward than a dead hero.
Better late than never.
Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.
Birds of feather flock together.
Blood is thicker than water.
Charity begins at home.
Cherish youth, but trust old age.
Clothes do not make the man.
Curiosity killed the cat.
Day and night cannot dwell together.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.
Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Don't count chickens before they're hatched.
Don't cry over the spilt milk.
Don't judge a man until you've walked in his boots.
Don't judge the book by its cover.
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
Don't look the gift horse in the mouth.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
Don't put the cart before the horse.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.
Ea Nigada Qusdi Idadadvhn - All my relations in creation.
Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
Each person is his own judge.
Even a small mouse has anger.
Every animal knows more than you do.
Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.
Familiarity breeds comtempt.
Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.
Forewarned is forearmed.
God gives us each a song.
Good things come in small packages.
Haste make waste.
He who hesitates is lost.
He who laughs last, laughs best.
He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.
Hindsight is better than foresight.
Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin - We are all related.
I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, in my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in his sight. It is not necessary for Eagles to be Crows. We are poor..but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die...we die defending our rights.
If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.
If a man is to do something more than human, he must have more than human powers.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.
If you can't beat them, join them.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
If you raindance... You will get your teepee wet.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, then don't give thanks.
If you take the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible is the wind.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
In age, talk; in childhood, tears.
In death, I am born.
In unity there is strength.
It is easy to be brave from a distance.
It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.
It never rains but it pours.
It takes two to tango.
It's impossible to awaken a man who is pretending to be asleep.
Leave well enough alone.
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water.
Look before you leap.
Love is blind.
Love makes the world go round.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed. Plains.
Man does not live by bread alone.
Man has responsibility, not power.
Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand.
Might makes right.
Misery loves company.
Money does not grow on trees.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
No news is good news.
No pain, no gain.
Not every sweet root gives birth to sweet grass.
Nothing hurts like the truth.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it.
Old habits die hard.
One finger cannot lift a pebble.
One good turn deserves another.
One man's gravy is another man's poison.
One rain does not make a crop, but crop makes rain.
One swallow does not a summer make.
Only when the last tree has withered, the last fish has been caught, and the last river has been poisoned, will you realize you cannot eat money.
Our first teacher is our own heart.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.
Practice makes perfect.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future.
Sharing and giving are the ways of God.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. Chief Tecumseh.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
Tell the truth always even if it is bitter to taste.
The Great Spirit gave you two ears and only one mouth, so you can talk half as much as you listen.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The best thing in life are free.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry.
The coward shoots with eyes close. Oklahoma.
The first step is always the hardest.
The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs. Southwest.
The one who tells the stories rules the world.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
The proof of pudding is in the eating.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things.
The road to the hell is paved with good intentions.
The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The squeaking wheel gets the oil.
The strong man walks with virtue.
The way of the troublemaker is thorny.
The way to the man's heart is through his stomach.
The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.
There are many good moccasin tracks along the trail of a straight arrow.
There is no death, money changes hands.
There is no honor between thieves.
There is nothing more eloquent than a rattlesnake's tail.
There're more than one way to skin a cat.
There's no fool like an old fool.
There's no place like home.
They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.
Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.
To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.
Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours. Tecumseh.
Two heads are better than one .
Two's company but three's a crowd.
Variety is the spice of life.
Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky.
We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth.
We do not inherit the world from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Duty on us to return it to them in the absolute situation.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
When I Rome do as the Romans do.
When a fox walks lame, the old rabbit jumps. Oklahoma.
When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.
When the cat's away the mice will play.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
White men have too many chiefs.
Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you.
With all things and in all things, we are relatives.
Yigaquu osaniyu adanvto adadoligi nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi- May the Great Spirit's blessings always be with you.
You already possess everything necessary to become great.
You can lead the horse to the water, but you can't make him drink.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
You cannot see the future with tears in your eyes.
You have to take the good with the bad.
You reap what you sow.
You're never too old to learn.