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Proverbs Starting with letter Y - part 1
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Yakov's magpie started chattering the same thing about anyone.
Ye may not sit in Rome and strive with the Pope.
Year of snow fruit will grow.
Years and sins are always more than admitted.

Years and sins are always more than owned.
Years know more than books.
Years roll on.
Yellow gold is plentiful compared to white-haired friends.
Yeryoma(Jeremy), Yeryoma, you would better sit at home and cut your spindles.
Yesterday a cowherd, to-day a cavalier.
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
Yesterday's drunkenness will not quench today's thirst.
Yesterday's flowers are today's dreams.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow -- these are the three days of man.
Yet it comes from urine.
Yet the cart is still there.
Yield to divine power.
Yielding is sometimes the best way of succeeding.
Yielding stays war.
You a lady, I a lady, who is to put the sow out of doors?.
You a master, I a master, who is to milk this cow?.
You ain't seen nothing yet.
You always fall down in the direction of where you bend over.
You always knock yourself on the tenderest places.
You always win by not saying the things you don't have to say.
You anoint the dead man with salve.
You are a man, I remind you.' Said by the slave holding the laurel leaves over the general's head in a Roman triumph. Its basic meaning was, 'Don't presume, merely because you are dressed as an image of Mars and processing through the streets like the deity of a religious festival, that you really are a god.
You are as handy as a pocket.
You are as many a person as languages you know.
You are as many a person as the languages you know.
You are as many times a human as many languages you know.
You are but sowing in sand.
You are carrying owls to Athens.
You are comparing a rose to an anemone.
You are either hammer or anvil.
You are free, Tom, in your own home.
You are his father by nature, I by counsel.
You are learning all your life and you die stupid.
You are like a tree, giving your shade to the outside.
You are more shifting than a potter's wheel.
You are my guide, my lord, and my master.
You are needlessly alarmed.
You are never better served than by yourself.
You are not a fully fledged sailor unless you have sailed under full sail, and you have not built a wall unless you have rounded a corner.
You are not a man until you have plowed a field.
You are not great just because you say you are.
You are only master of food that you haven't yet eaten.
You are only worth has much as you have.
You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.
You are permitted in times of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.
You are responsible for you.
You are still a slave if only your limbs are free.
You are talking to a stone.
You are teaching a fish to swim.
You are teaching iron to swim!.

You are ushered in according to your dress; shown out according to your brains.
You are what you eat.
You are what you eat.' or 'One is what one eats.
You are worth as many people as the languages that you speak.
You are worth as much as your purse.
You aren't worth the Taler (ancient German currency) if you don't honor the Pfennig. (f. G. c.) 'or' You aren't worth the Euro if you don't honor the Cent.
You arrive Mr. Big Shot but leave Mr. Nobody.
You aside, may God give your children some intelligence.
You ask the path when the high road is before your eyes.
You attack a horned animal.
You become like that which you own.
You bring your own evil deeds to light.
You burn incense before the god, and then topple him.
You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones.
You buy yourself an enemy when you lend a man money.
You cackle in our place but you lay your eggs at someone else's place.
You can accompany a friend for a thousand miles but at some time you must take your leave.
You can always buy her back later.
You can always find good elements in the misfortune that strikes you.
You can be cautious about the future but not the past.
You can bend an alder-tree, if you do it gradually.
You can best shoot an eagle with an arrow made from its own feathers.
You can better drink from a small well with soft water than from the salty sea.
You can burn down a house, but can you hide the smoke?.
You can buy 'em but they don't stay bought.
You can buy everything, except a father and a mother.
You can cage a bird but you can't make it sing.
You can catch a cricket in your hand but its song is all over the field.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
You can choose your friends, but you can't pick/choose your family.
You can chop a man's head off, but you can't keep him quiet.
You can close the city gates but not the mouths of men.
You can conquer the whole world with words, but not with drawn swords.
You can count the apples on a tree but you can't count the trees from one apple.
You can do anything with children if you only play with them.
You can do nothing about governments and winter.
You can eat and drink with your family but not count and measure.
You can get glad in the same shoes you got mad in.
You can give a piece of advice, but not good luck along with that.
You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can easily offend one in an hour.
You can hate the dog, but do not tell him that his teeth are dirty.
You can have no more of the fox than his skin.
You can have too much of a good thing.
You can judge a bird from it's feathers and a person from their friends.
You can judge a man by the company he keeps.
You can judge what you make by what others make.

You can lead a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
You can lean on a bamboo stick, but not on a rope.
You can live with tea and cold rice but not with cold words.
You can lock your door from a thief, but not from a damned liar.
You can make a mule cross the river but you cant make him drink the water.
You can make the dream bigger than the night.
You can measure the depth of the sea but what about a man's heart?.
You can mirror something from other people; you can only give out that which is your own.
You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
You can never consider that as your own which can be changed.
You can never enter the same river twice.
You can never have too much patience.
You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.
You can only be honest if you are well fed.
You can only know the fleas in the bed you have slept in.
You can only lean against that which resists.
You can only take out of a bag what was already in it.
You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
You can proclaim the truth also in a friendly way.
You can say anything to a man with a full stomach.
You can see heaven through the eye of the needle.
You can sell the devil if he is well cooked.
You can stop a bird from flying over you, but you can't stop it building a nest.
You can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
You can talk easily without waiting for something or someone.
You can tell a fearless in times of trouble. (When the going gets tough, the tough get going.).
You can tell a lion from where he dwells.
You can tell a man by his friends.
You can tell a ripe corn by its look.
You can tell ripe corn by its look.
You can throw a cat whoever you want, it always falls on its feet.
You can wash your body but not your soul.
You can worship a sardine's head if you believe in it.
You can't be in two places at once.
You can't bind a cloud even with copper chains.
You can't blame the axe for the noise made by the chicken you are about to slaughter.
You can't buy an inch of time with an inch of gold.
You can't buy heaven with money.
You can't catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.
You can't change the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
You can't chew with somebody else's teeth.
You can't claim heaven as your own if you are just going to sit under it.
You can't clap with one hand only.
You can't complain about the sea if you suffer shipwreck for the second time.
You can't dance on one leg.

You can't drive straight on a twisting lane.
You can't eat 'almost.' Even an ant can hurt an elephant.
You can't escape death and guests.
You can't expect both ends of a sugar cane to be as sweet.
You can't fare well, but you must cry roast meat.
You can't fill your belly painting pictures of bread.
You can't fit a round peg in a square hole.
You can't flee your lot nor share it with another.
You can't forbid living beautifully.
You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
You can't force anyone to love you or to lend you money.
You can't get at the precious sago without first breaking the bark.
You can't get blood out of a stone.
You can't get blood out of a turnip.
You can't get rice by pounding bran.
You can't get something for nothing -- you might as well expect to get paid to take it.
You can't have both money and sheep.
You can't have it both ways.
You can't have meat without the bone.
You can't have more bed-bugs than a blanket-full.
You can't have more bugs than a blanketful.
You can't have sun in the treshing floor (?) and rain in the turnip field.
You can't have two faces under one hat.
You can't have your cake and eat it.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.
You can't heal stubbornness.
You can't judge a book by its cover, (or) You can't tell a book by looking at the cover.
You can't jump from one tree to another but you can from one man to another.
You can't keep a word of thanks in your pocket.
You can't kill a dog just to save a cat's tail.
You can't kill two birds with one stone.
You can't load a small boat with heavy cargo.
You can't look at the stars while you are walking if you have a stone in your shoe.
You can't look into a bottle with both eyes at the same time.
You can't love Thetis and Galatea at the same time.
You can't make a good shaft of a pig's tail.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
You can't make cheesecakes out of snow.
You can't make horn of a pig's tail.
You can't make pancakes without breaking eggs.
You can't measure the whole world with your own yardstick.
You can't move faster than your shadow.
You can't pick up two melons with one hand.
You can't please both Greeks and Trojans.
You can't please everyone.
You can't polish a turd.
You can't push on a rope.

You can't put 'thank you' in your pocket.
You can't put an old head on young shoulders.
You can't put new wine in old bottles.
You can't put two saddles on the same horse.
You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
You can't scare a monkey with a dead baboon.
You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo pole.
You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo tube.
You can't sew buttons on your neighbor's mouth.
You can't squeeze blood from a rock.
You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
You can't stop a pig from wallowing in the mud.
You can't straighten a snake by putting it in a bamboo cane.
You can't straighten the world with your shoulder.
You can't take blood from a stone.
You can't take everything with you.
You can't take it with you.
You can't take it with you when you go.
You can't take the milk back from the coffee.
You can't teach an old dog how to gnaw a bone.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
You can't teach old dogs to sit.
You can't tell a book by its cover.
You can't throw a handkerchief over somebody's mouth.
You can't trust that a job will be done properly unless you do it yourself.
You can't unscramble an egg.
You can't unscramble scrambled eggs.
You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
You can't win them all.
You cannot applaud with one hand.
You cannot ask more of an ox than a steak.
You cannot avoid what lies in ambush for you.
You cannot be lost on a road that is straight.
You cannot be very smart if you have never done anything foolish.
You cannot break a wall with your forehead.
You cannot break through a wall with your forehead.
You cannot breathe through another man's nose.
You cannot build a house for last year's summer.
You cannot build a wall with one stone.
You cannot buy wisdom abroad if there is none at home.
You cannot carry two watermelons in one hand.
You cannot catch a fox with a bait.
You cannot catch old birds with chaff.
You cannot catch skunks with mice.
You cannot clap with one hand.
You cannot clear fog with a fan.
You cannot climb a tree with one hand.
You cannot compare the living with the dead.
You cannot cook one half of the chicken and leave the other lay eggs.

You cannot cook two meals in the same pot.
You cannot cook your eggs with wind.
You cannot cover up the sun with a sieve.
You cannot cross a river without getting wet.
You cannot damage a wrecked whip.
You cannot dance well on only one leg.
You cannot draw blood from a turnip.
You cannot draw white cloth from a dying vat.
You cannot drink and whistle at the same time.
You cannot drive straight on a twisting lane.
You cannot eat nuts without breaking some shells.
You cannot escape from destiny.
You cannot fly with wings made of butter.
You cannot forge a good sword from bad iron.
You cannot get a quart into a pint pot.
You cannot get blood from a stone.
You cannot get into Paradise without a guide.
You cannot get oil out of a wall.
You cannot hang a man for what he thinks.
You cannot hang a man twice.
You cannot hang everything on one nail.
You cannot have all chiefs; you gotta have Indians too.
You cannot have all you wish for.
You cannot have peace longer than your neighbour chooses.
You cannot have the bacon and the pig at the same time.
You cannot have your cake and eat it.
You cannot hide an awl in a sack.
You cannot hide behind your finger.
You cannot hide the sun with one hand.
You cannot hit the point of a needle with a fist.
You cannot hold your head high with your hand out.
You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.
You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.
You cannot kill an elephant with bullets of wax.
You cannot lose what you never had.
You cannot make a beautiful plumage out of a pig's tail.
You cannot make a good archbishop out of a rogue.
You cannot make a good hunting-horn of a pig's tail.
You cannot make a hawk of a buzzard.
You cannot make a sieve of an ass's tail.
You cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
You cannot make a silk purse of a sow's ear.
You cannot make an ass drink if he is not thirsty.
You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.
You cannot make bricks without straw.
You cannot make the mule drink when he is not thirsty.
You cannot pick up salt with dry fingers.
You cannot please everybody.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
You cannot produce one human being without uniting two bodies.
You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
You cannot pull a fish out of the pond without work.
You cannot pull hard with a broken rope.
You cannot put a fire out with spit.
You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.
You cannot ride two horses with one ass.
You cannot ring the bell and walk in the procession.
You cannot roast corn with two eyes.
You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
You cannot sail as you would, but as the wind blows.
You cannot satisfy the whole world and your father.

You cannot sell your loss.
You cannot separate water by beating it with a fork.

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


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