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Proverbs Starting with letter I - part 3
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If the brain sows not corn, it plants thistles.
If the bread in the oven is a failure you lose a week; if the harvest is a failure you lose a year; if marriage is a failure then you lose a life.
If the bride can't dance, she blames the musicians.

If the bull would throw you, lie down.
If the cap fits, wear it.
If the cat had wings all sparrows would die.
If the cat is away, the mice will play.
If the cat's not at home, the mice will sing (make mice noise).
If the child does not cry, the mother knows not its wants.
If the claw is stuck, the whole bird is lost.
If the deceased is no good, one shouldn't waste good candles on him.
If the devil catch a man idle he'll set him at work.
If the devil is going to disguise himself, it will be as a monk or a lawyer.
If the devil is powerless, send him a woman.
If the devil is your godfather you will be welcome in hell.
If the doctor cures, the sun sees it; if he kills, the earth hides it.
If the doctor is fasting it is bad for the priest.
If the dog barks, go in; if the bitch barks you had better stay outside.
If the dog is not at home, he barks not.
If the dog leads the man, the man is blind. If the man leads the dog, the man is married.
If the eye do not admire, the heart will not desire.
If the eyes didn't see, the hands wouldn't take.
If the eyes don't see, the heart won't break.
If the family is together, the soul is in the right place.
If the farmer is poor then so is the whole country.
If the father is a frog, the son will be a frog.
If the father marries the aunt, he's an uncle.
If the fight is tomorrow, why then clench your fist today?.
If the fire does not burn you the smoke will blacken you.
If the fool has a hunchback no one remarks about it; if a wise man has a boil everybody talks about it.
If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars?.
If the goat had a longer tail he could wipe the stars clean.
If the hare is your enemy, admit that he can run fast.
If the head aches all the members of the body suffer.
If the heart is sad, tears will flow.
If the hill is on fire the grasshoppers are roasted.
If the horse is already dead more hay will not help it.
If the horseman is bad, it's the horse's fault.
If the hours are long enough and the pay is short enough, someone will say it's women's work.
If the hunter comes back with mushrooms, don't ask him how his hunt was.

If the husband is the head, the wife ought to be his neck.
If the hyena eats the sick man, he will eat the whole one.
If the imam farts, the whole congregation will defecate.
If the imam scoffs, the community will chortle.
If the judge is against you, you should withdraw the complaint.
If the king says that it is night in the middle of the day, look up at the stars.
If the knitter is weary the baby will have no new bonnet.
If the lady of the house breaks something it is an unfortunate accident; if the servant does, then it is a terrible disaster.
If the landlady is fair, the wine is fair.
If the left hand battles the right, who wins?.
If the lion's skin cannot, the fox's shall.
If the load doesn't go on the donkey, the donkey will go under the load.
If the main timbers in the house are not straight, the smaller timber will be unsafe; and if the smaller timbers are not straight, the house will fall.
If the master gets drunk it is an honorable drunkenness; if the servant does it is evidence of his mean disposition.
If the moon helps me I will scoff at the stars.
If the moon is with you, you need not care about the stars.
If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.
If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad will go to the mountain.
If the mule doesn't go to the burden, then the burden will come to the mule.
If the owner of the goat is not afraid to travel by night, the owner of a hyena certainly will not be.
If the palm of the hand itches it signifies the coming of great luck.
If the panther knew how much he is feared, he would do much more harm.
If the peacock were to look at its feet, it would stop him strutting.
If the peasant doesn't hear the thunder he won't make the sign of the cross.
If the pedestal is beautiful the statue must be even more beautiful.
If the place you have arrived at is blind, shut your eyes.
If the pocket is empty, the judge is deaf.
If the prince wants an apple, his servants take the tree.
If the pupil is smart, the teacher gets the credit.
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.
If the rich could hire others to die for them, the poor could make a nice living.
If the rings are lost, here are the fingers still.
If the seawater were hotter we could catch boiled fish.
If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity.
If the shoe fits, wear it.
If the skin of your belly is tight, the skin of your eyelids can sleep.
If the sky falls there will be pots broken.
If the sky falls we shall catch larks.
If the sky falls, hold up your hands.
If the sky were to fall we should catch plenty of larks.
If the stomachache were in the foot, one would go lame.
If the sun doesn't come through the window, the doctor will come through the door.
If the sun shines on me I care not for the moon.
If the tail of the dog can save me, I don't care about its stench.
If the teacher be corrupt, the world will be corrupt.
If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
If the time has passed, there is no point in preparing.
If the townspeople are happy, look for the chief.

If the townspeople are happy, look for the cook.
If the village stands, it can break a trunk.
If the walls were adamant, gold would take the town.
If the wife sins the husband is not innocent.
If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.
If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
If the wine comes in, good sense goes out.
If the world is flooded, it wouldn't matter for the duck.
If the young knew and the old could, there is nothing that couldn't be done.
If there are many buyers in the market, the merchant doesn't wash his turnips.
If there are no nightingales one must settle for owls.
If there are two cooks in one house, the soup is either too salty or too cold.
If there be a hell, Rome is built over it.
If there be no remedy, why worry?.
If there is a rich man in the area three villages are ruined.
If there is a strong general, there will be no weak soldiers.
If there is a wave there must be a wind.
If there is any profit in partnership, two will share a woman.
If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness.
If there is no reason, why would the tempua bird nest on the low branches?.
If there is no wind, row.
If there is only one earring among seven daughters, there will always be a quarrel on festival days.
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will.
If there is room in the heart, there is room for the behind.
If there is room in your heart there is room in your house.
If there is someone to haul the fir-tree, there shall be no shortage of those willing to hold a branch to help.
If there is still doubt do not accuse.
If there wasn't the little word 'if', my father would be a millionaire.
If there were clouds we should not enjoy the sun.
If there were no cold Friday evenings and boring Saturdays, no one would get married any more.
If there were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.
If there were no elephants in the jungle, the buffalo would be big.
If there were no fault, there would be no pardon.
If there were no receiver there would be no thief.
If there were no receivers, there would be no thieves.
If there were no sighing in the world, the world would stifle.
If there were no tears, our ribs would burn.
If there were no wrongdoing, there would be no forgiveness.
If they are offered winged ants, people will eat them.
If they had cereal, they'd want gumbo.
If they say there is a wedding in the sky, women would try to put up a ladder.
If they say you are good, ask you self if it be true.
If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum.
If things are getting easier, maybe you're headed downhill.
If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are.
If thou canst not see the bottom, wade not.
If thou hast not a capon, feed on an onion.
If thou touchest pitch thou shalt be defiled.
If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.

If thy heart fail thee, why then climb at all?.
If thy strength will serve, go forward in the ranks; if not, stand still.
If to-day will not, to-morrow may.
If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides.
If two doctors visit a sick man, the sexton rings the bells.
If two people say he is drunk, the third one should sleep.
If two people say you're drunk, go to bed.
If two ride on a horse, one must ride behind.
If we all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.
If we are both masters, then who shall lead the mules?.
If we cannot do what we want, we must want what we can.
If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.
If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us.
If we did not flatter ourselves, nobody else could.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
If we don't fight we remain equals, if we do fight then one of us wins.
If we knew where death resided, we would never stay there.
If we pay for the music we will join in the dance.
If we pay for the music we will take part in the dance.
If we will be alive we will not die.
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.
If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If wishes were true, shepherds would be kings.
If wishes would bide, beggars would ride.
If women were not vain, men could teach them how to be.
If women were really good, God would be married.
If wood-hewing were an order, there would be fewer monks.
If work brings health, let the sick do it.
If work were a delicacy, the masters would do it themselves.
If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.
If ye do wrang, mak amends.
If ye had as little money as ye have manners, ye would be the poorest man of all your kin.
If you have to drag a dog to the hunt, neither he nor.
If you 'marry' a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and.
If you add to the truth, you take something away from it.
If you always give, you will always have.
If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.
If you are a fast talker at least think slowly.
If you are a friend of the captain, you can wipe your hands on the sail.
If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
If you are a mouse don't follow frogs.
If you are a peg, endure the knocking; if you are a mallet, strike.
If you are a surgeon, set your own bones.
If you are already wet, you won't care about the rain.
If you are among the roses, your friends will look for you among the thorns.
If you are an elephant don't offend the cat.
If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.
If you are born an ass, you will die one.

If you are born fat you will not die thin.
If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building, or do you change the nail?.
If you are buying a cow, make sure that the price of the tail is included.
If you are contented with your lot, you will live wisely.
If you are dancing with your rivals, don't close your eyes.
If you are determined -- just do it!.
If you are doing wrong, make sure you don't get fat from it.
If you are eager to be in the shadow, leave your axe at home.
If you are going a long way, go slowly.
If you are going into the wood -- don't leave your axe at home.
If you are going out for a fight leave your best hat at home.
If you are going out to steal, go alone -- otherwise there is a witness.
If you are going to bathe, get thoroughly wet.
If you are going to die you will die in the dark even if you have been in the candle business.
If you are going to fall it's muddy everywhere.
If you are going to fight, pray once; if you are going to sail, pray twice; if you are getting married, then pray thrice.
If you are going to have a roast, a chicken is better than a phoenix.
If you are going to sit on it for three years, the seat will certainly get warm.
If you are going to steal bells plug your ears.
If you are going to steal horses, steal thoroughbreds.
If you are hunting for a red deer then ignore the hares.
If you are in Rome, live in the Roman way, if you are somewhere else, live like there.' (attributed to ).
If you are in a boat you are more afraid of fire than you are of water.
If you are in a hurry, go via the roundabout.
If you are in hiding, don't light a fire.
If you are in the house of a friend, bad times are soon forgotten.
If you are kind to the cruel, you will be cruel to the kind.
If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
If you are looking for bad luck, you will soon find it.
If you are lucky, even your ox will calve.
If you are man enough, break this pestle's handle.
If you are married to a chicken obey the chicken. If you are married to a dog obey the dog.
If you are not a fish, how can you know if the fish are happy?.
If you are not a rose, do not be a thorn either.
If you are not going to bite, don't show your teeth.
If you are not good for yourself, how can you be good for others?.
If you are not so strong, don't carry heavy burdens.
If you are offered a bull, do not ask how much milk he will give.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.
If you are planning to travel where corn grows, you should take a sickle with you.
If you are poor, though you dwell in the busy marketplace, no one will inquire about you; if you are rich, though you dwell in the heart of the mountains, you will have distant relatives.
If you are praised by a villain, mend your ways at once.
If you are ready to believe, you are easy to deceive.
If you are sick, think about your life; if you are better, think about your gold.
If you are threatened by a man, sleep at night, if it is by a woman then stay awake.
If you are too modest you will go hungry.
If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill.
If you are too sparing with the cat's food, the rats will eat your ears.
If you are travelling in the blind man's country close one eye.
If you are travelling towards the East, you will inevitably move away from the West.
If you are ugly you must either learn to dance or make love.
If you are ugly, be winsome.
If you are up to your knees in pleasure, then you are up to your waist in grief.
If you are wearing shoes, you don't fear the thorns.
If you are well, I am well.
If you ask a Negro where he's been, he'll tell you where he's going.
If you beat my drum, I will blow your whistle.
If you beat spice it will smell the sweeter.
If you believe everything you read, better not read.

If you believe everything you read, you had better not read.
If you believe that dreams can come true be prepared for the occasional nightmare.

These are Proverb Examples from around the world, some have been translated from their original language to english.


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