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Proverbs Starting with letter W - part 3
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When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.
When a girl in the teahouse smiles at you, look the other way.
When a girl is born all four walls weep.

When a girl is born it is like having six thieves invade the house.
When a goose dances, and a fool versifies, there is sport.
When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.
When a heart is on fire, sparks always fly out of the mouth.
When a hen is brooding, another hen cannot sit on her eggs.
When a hundred men call a wise man a fool, then he becomes a fool.
When a king has good counsellors, his reign is peaceful.
When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.
When a king is about to lose his power his orders burn more intensely than fire.
When a king makes a mistake, all the people suffer.
When a king's palace burns down, the re-built palace is more beautiful (every cloud has a silver lining).
When a large vessel has opened a way it is easy for a small one to follow.
When a liar speaks the truth, he is sick.
When a lion is old, he becomes the plaything of jackals.
When a man begins to reason, he ceases to feel.
When a man dies his feet get bigger.
When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to look for it elsewhere.
When a man is coming toward you, you need not say, 'Come here.'.
When a man is crazy about a woman only she can cure him.
When a man is down, everybody runs over him.
When a man is in a hurry, the devil is happy.
When a man is not a lover in his twenties, not strong in his thirties, not rich in his forties and not wise in his fifties he will never be so.
When a man is not liked, whatever he doth is amiss.
When a man is not used to breeches the seams gall him.
When a man is rich, he begins to save.
When a man is wealthy he may wear an old cloth.
When a man says he does not mind, then he really does.
When a man says yes, his chi personal god] says yes also.
When a man stops thinking he stops feeling.
When a man's coat is threadbare, it is easy to pick a hole in it.
When a man's friend marries, all is over between them.
When a merchant talks about sheep he means the hide.
When a miller fights with a chimney sweep, the miller gets black and the chimney sweep gets white.
When a miser dies, the heirs feel as happy as when they kill a pig.
When a mother calls her child bastard, you can take her word for it.
When a mouse makes fun of a cat, there is a hole.
When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it.

When a needle sees a dagger, she cries 'O sister!'.
When a neighbor gets divorced everyone thinks of his own wife.
When a peasant gets rich, he knows neither relations nor friends.
When a poor man eats a chicken, one or the other is sick.
When a portuguese pees, two or three always do it.
When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured.
When a rich man falls they say it was an accident; when a poor man falls they say that he was drunk.
When a rich man wants children, he gets dollars, when a poor man wants dollars, he gets children.
When a single hair has fallen from your head, you are not yet bald.
When a slave mounts a camel he wants to ride on both humps.
When a son gives to his father, they both weep.
When a stepmother moves in, the father becomes a stepfather.
When a stone hits glass, the glass breaks. When glass hits a stone, the glass breaks.
When a thief finds nothing to steal he will steal a dagger made of sand.
When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.
When a thing is done advice comes too late.
When a thing is done, advice comes too late.
When a thing is done, make the best of it.
When a tree is falling, every one cries, down with it.
When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.
When a whore repents she becomes a matchmaker.
When a woman has got off a wagon, horses have an easier time.
When a woman is hungry, she says, 'Roast something for the children that they may eat.'.
When a woman is not singing, she is not working much either.
When a woman knows no more how to answer, she must be dried up.
When a woman laughs an experienced man will know how much it will cost him.
When a woman talks to you, smile but do not listen.
When all candles be out, all cats be gray.
When all fruit fails, welcome haws.
When all men say you are an ass, it is high time to bray.
When all other sins are old avarice is still young.
When all other sins are old, greed still stays young.
When all sins grow old covetousness is young.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
When among the crows, caw as the crows do.
When an ant gets wings, it loses its head.
When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.
When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him.
When an old dog barks, look out.
When an old man cannot drink, prepare his grave.
When an old man marries, death laughs.
When anger blinds the eyes, truth disappears.
When anger comes, wisdom goes.
When apes climb high, they show their naked rumps.
When asked, 'What news from the sea?' The fish replied 'I have a lot to say, but my mouth is full of water.'.
When at a loss how to go on, cough.
When bale is hext, boot is next.
When big bells ring, little ones are not heard.

When blind leads the blind, both fall into the ditch.
When both parties are right, it's a bad day for 'right.'.
When bredin split, enemies enter the gap.
When bribery enters through the door, faith goes out through the chimney.
When building a house, don't measure the timbers in the forest.
When bulls fight, woe to the frogs.
When cat and mouse agree, the farmer has no chance.
When cat is absent, mice circle dance. (When the cat's away, the mice will play.).
When cat is absent, mice dance.
When cat is absent, mice dance. (When the cat's away, the mice will play.).
When cats are mousing they don't mew.
When coins rattle, philosophers are silent.
When danger approaches, sing to it.
When death comes, the rich man has no money and the poor man no debt.
When death is there, dying is over.
When deeds speak, words are nothing.
When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing.
When dirt comes to honour it know not what to be.
When do we have a day of fast? When there is no bread and ham in the larder.
When drink enters, wisdom departs.
When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
When elephant steps on a trap, no more trap.
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.
When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
When escaping a wolf, one will run into a bear.
When every man gets his own the devil gets nothing.
When every one minds his own business the work is done.
When every one says you are an ass, bray.
When everybody says you are drunk, go to sleep.
When fate strikes physicians are useless.
When fate throws a dagger at you, there are only two ways to catch it: by the blade or by the handle.
When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.
When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.
When flatterers meet the devil goes to dinner.
When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.
When flatters meet, the devil goes to dinner.
When flies swarm in March, sheep come to their death.
When fools go to market the huckster gets money.
When fools go to market, pedlars make money.
When fortune calls, offer her a chair.
When fortune comes, open your doors.
When fortune deserts us, our friends are nowhere.
When fortune knocks open the door.
When fortune knocks, open the door.
When fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your teeth.
When friends ask, there is no tomorrow.

When friendship goes with love it must play the second fiddle.
When glory comes memory departs.
When glory comes, memory departs.
When gnats swarm in January, the peasant becomes a beggar.
When going to an eating house, go to one that is filled with customers.
When gold speaks every tongue is silent.
When gold speaks, everything else is silent.
When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing.
When good fortune knocks you have to open the door yourself.
When goods increase the body decreases.
When had comes, have is too late.
When hard work goes out of the door, poverty comes in at the window.
When he looked under the saddle he lost his horse.
When he mounts his horse he forgets God; when he dismounts, he forgets his horse.
When he was fifteen the devil was a good looking boy.
When his head is broken he puts on his helmet.
When hitting the horn of a single cow, the horns of a thousand cows hurt.
When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.
When hunger is appeased we can preach the merits of fasting.
When husband and wife live in harmony, they can dry up the ocean without a bucket.
When ill luck falls asleep, let none wake her.
When ill-luck falls asleep let nobody wake her.
When ill-luck sleeps, let no one wake her.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When in charge, ponder. When in trouble, delegate. When in doubt, mumble.
When in distress the cut tastes without bread.
When in doubt who will win, be neutral.
When in doubt, Gallop!.
When in doubt, Gallop! (Proverb of the French Foreign Legion).
When in doubt, forbear.
When in doubt, in favour of the accused'.
When in good health we easily give good advice to the sick.
When in need, you shall know a friend.
When it blows, the trees shake.
When it is God's will to plague a man, a mouse can bite him to death.
When it is in an unlucky phase, the vulture below, shits on the vulture above.
When it pours upon the parson, it drops upon the clerk.
When it rains in August, it rains honey and wine.
When it rains in February, it will be temperate all the year.
When it rains one doesn't roof the cottage, and at fair weather it doesn't drip anyway.
When it rains porridge the beggar has no spoon.
When it rains, it pours.
When it sees money, the flute will play itself.
When it thunders the thief becomes honest.
When it thunders, the thief becomes honest.
When it's raining and the sun shines -- then a Turk is born.
When it's warm the pea loses its pod.
When its time has come, the prey goes to the hunter.
When joy is in the parlour, sorrow is in the passage.

When love is not madness, it is not love.
When luck joins in the game, cleverness scores double.
When masters are fighting, their servants' forelocks are creaking.
When men are friendly the water is sweet.
When men speak of the future, the gods laugh.
When men take wives they stop fearing hell.
When misers die, children open up their coffers.
When misery is highest help is nighest.
When misfortune sleeps, let no one wake her.
When mistrust enters, love departs.
When money is not a servant it is a master.
When money is stolen you can only beat the dog.
When money is taken freedom is forsaken.
When money is talking, the rest of the world shuts up.
When money speaks the truth is silent.
When money speaks truth is silent.
When money speaks, the truth keeps silent.
When money talks, the truth is silent.
When money talks, then truth stays silent.
When mosquitoes work, they bite and then they sing.
When mother cow is cropping grass, her young one watches her mouth.
When my child and I have eaten -- then clear the table.
When need is greatest, help is nearest.
When night falls the face of the wolf lights up.
When nought comes to aught, it does not know itself.
When old horses get warm, they are not easily held in.
When one chief falls, another rises.
When one dog barks, another will follow suit.
When one door closes, another door opens.
When one door shuts, a hundred open.
When one door shuts, another opens.
When one foot stumbles, the other is near falling.
When one goose drinks, all drink.
When one has not what one likes, one must like what one has.
When one is dead, it is for a long while.
When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.
When one is in trouble, one remembers God.
When one is prepared, difficulties do not come.
When one lives, one experiences. i.e With life comes experience.
When one must, one can.
When one sheep is over the dam, the rest follow.
When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
When one wave leaves, another succeeds.
When one will not, two cannot quarrel.
When one wolf eats another, thee is nothing to eat in the wood.
When our daughter is married sons-in-law are plenty.
When our enemy flies, build him a golden bridge.
When people only talk about things they understand then a great silence will descend upon the world.
When pigs fly / When hell freezes over.
When pleasure interferes with business, give up business.
When poor, liberal; when rich, stingy.
When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window.
When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window.
When poverty comes in at the door, love jumps out at the window.
When poverty comes in the door love flies out the window.
When prices drop, buy.
When prosperity smiles, beware of its guiles.
When ravens are seen flyng low, it is cold for the sake of a prick.
When rogues fallout, honest men come by their own.
When rogues fallout, many a secret is revealed.
When rogues go in procession the devil carries the cross.

When sabots begin to flower.
When scoundrels argue, the truth is revealed.

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


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