Proverb Examples from around the world
Proverbs Starting with letter L - part 1
LA loaded wagon creaks; an empty one rattles.
Labour conquers all things.
Labour has a bitter root, but a sweet taste.
Labour warms, sloth harms.
Lack of resource has hanged many a person.
Lamb in the spring, snow in the winter.
Lambs don't runs with the mouth of the sleeping wolf.
Land is permanent, man disappears.
Large demands on oneself and little demands on others keep resentment at bay.
Large desire is endless poverty.
Large thongs of another man's leather.
Large trees are envied by the wind.
Large trees give more shade than fruit.
Lasses and glasses are always in danger.
Last night I made a thousand plans, but this morning I went my old way.
Last ship, best ship.
Late children are early orphans.
Late fruit keeps well.
Late hours and love and wine lead not to moderation in anything.
Late repentance is rarely sincere.
Late repentance is seldom worth much.
Latecomers see the least.
Latin: 'Tempus fugit!.
Laugh and everyone sees it, cry and no one sees it.
Laugh and grow fat.
Laugh and the world laughs with you .. Cry and you will find no one with tears.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.
Laugh at the rice and you will weep for the lentil.
Laugh before breakfast, you'll cry before supper.
Laugh corrects customs', or 'satire corrects habits.
Laugh when you're happy, cry when you're sad, and do both when you're the happiest you've ever been.
Laugh with those that laugh.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.
Laugh, if you are wise.
Laughing is not always the proof of a mind at ease.
Laughing wife, crying purse.
Laughs are plentiful in the mouth of the foolish.
Laughs at others today, (and) tomorrow others will laugh at you.
Laughs better he who laughs last.
Laughs he who laughs last.
Laughter abounds in the mouths of fools.
Laughter cannot bring back what anger has driven away.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Laughter is the best medicine for them who do not know how to laugh.
Laughter is the hiccup of a fool.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Laughter makes good blood.
Launch forth into the deep' stylized as 'Reach for the heights' motto for 30 Seconds To Mars.
Law and honour.' Motto of the Romanian police.
Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.
Law helps the waking, luck may come to the sleeping.
Law is a flag and gold is the wind that makes it move.
Law is a flag and gold is the wind that makes it wave.
Law is like a shaft of a cart, it points wherever you turn it to.
Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.
Law's costly -- take a pint and agree.
Laws are silent in time of war.
Laws are silent in times of war.
Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free.
Laws control the lesser man; right conduct controls the greater one.
Laws go the way kings direct.
Laws go where dollars please.
Laws go where money pleases.
Laws have wax noses.
Laws were made for rogues.
Laws without punishment are like bells with no clackers.
Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.
Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.
Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.
Lawyers are bad Christians.
Lawyers' gowns are lined with the wilfulness of their clients.
Lawyers' houses are built of fools' heads.
Lawyers' houses are built on the heads of fools.
Lawyers' robes are lined with the obstinacy of suitors.
Lay it on thick and some of it will stick.
Lay on more wood; ashes give money.
Layovers for meddlers.
Laziness is often mistaken for patience.
Lazy men get active when it's time to sleep.
Lazy people always want to do everything at the same time.
Lazy people are always eager to be doing something.
Lazy people have no spare time.
Lazy people will eventually lose even their trousers.
Lazybones take all day to get started.
Lead by Example.
Lead for old iron.
Lead to Success, Follow to Failure.
Leadership shortens life.
Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.
Lean meat from a fat pig.
Learn about the future by looking at the past.
Learn from your tears and you will win laughing.
Learn good manners from those who don't have them.
Learn politeness from the impolite.
Learn to creep before you run.
Learn to handle a writing-brush and you'll never handle a begging-bowl.
Learn to obey before you command.
Learn to paint a tiger and you only paint his skin; learn to know a human being and you only know his face.
Learn to walk before you run.
Learn who are your friends when you are in need.
Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more.
Learned fools are the greatest fools.
Learned fools exceed all fools.
Learned is learned.
Learned when young is done when old.
Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung.
Learning has sour roots, but pleasant fruits.
Learning is a golden urn that can never be stolen.
Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everwhere.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere.
Learning is a weightless treasure you always carry easy.
Learning is better than becoming rich.
Learning is better than house and land.
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
Learning is the stately clothing of the rich man, and the riches of the poor man.
Learning is there for every man.
Learning is treasure no thief can touch.
Learning is weightless, treasure you can always carry easily.
Learning makes a man fit company for himself as well as for others.
Learning makes people fit company for themselves.
Least said is soonest mended.
Least said sooner mended.
Least said soonest mended.
Least said, soonest mended.
Leave a bit of the tail to whisk off flies.
Leave a great talker in the middle of the street.
Leave her now and then if you would really love your wife.
Leave it alone and it will grow on its own.
Leave no nail unclenched.
Leave not your staff at home.
Leave the English way.
Leave the jest at its best.
Leave the minster where it is.
Leave well alone.
Leave well enough alone.
Leaves enough, but few grapes.
Left out of there, driven from here.
Lend everyone your ears, give a hand to your friends but give your lips only to a woman.
Lend money to someone who won't pay you back and he'll hate you.
Lend to God and the earth -- they both pay good interest.
Lend to your friend, and ask payment of your enemy.
Lend your money and lose your friend.
Lending is the firstborn of poverty.
Lending nourishes bad feeling.
Length begets loathing.
Length of time rots a stone.
Lenin's science strengthens the mind and the hands.
Lenin's truth makes great strides all around the world.
Lent, which seems so long, is short at other men's tables.
Less advice and more hands.
Less is more.
Less malevolence, or more power to exercise it.
Less of your courtesy, and more of your purse.
Let God's waters run over God's acres.
Let Marta die, let her have plenty.
Let a child have its will, and it will not cry.
Let a fool hold his tongue, and he will pass for a sage.
Let a horse drink when he will, not what he will.
Let a saint be ever so humble, he will have his wax taper.
Let a wrong-doing repeat itself at least three times: the first may be an accident, the second a mistake, but the third is likely to be intentional.
Let another man praise thee, not thine own mouth.
Let another's shipwreck be your sea-mark.
Let bygones be bygones.
Let deeds match words.
Let each man do his best.
Let every bird sing its own note.
Let every fox take care of his own tail.
Let every man carry his own sack to the mill.
Let every man have his due.
Let every man look to the bread upon which he must depend.
Let every man mind his own business.
Let every man mind his own business, and leave others to theirs.
Let every man praise the bridge he goes over.
Let every one be content with what God has given him.
Let every one keep off the flies with his own tail.
Let every one look to himself, and no one will be lost.
Let every one sweep before his own door.
Let every pedlar carry his own pack.
Let every sheep hand by its own leg.
Let every sheep hang by it own foot.
Let every tub stand on its own bottom.
Let everyone pick his own nose.
Let fools and wind pass.
Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life -- after that you cannot be deceived.
Let he who covers you uncover/discover you.
Let him bear the prize, who has deserved it.
Let him eat the tough morsel who eat the tender.
Let him either drink or leave.
Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
Let him not be a lover who has not courage.
Let him play the instrument who knows how.
Let him speak who has seen with his eyes.
Let him stay at the oar who has learnt to row.
Let him take the oars who has learned to row.
Let him that earns the bread eat it.
Let him that has a mouth not say to another, Blow.
Let him who does not know what war is go to war.
Let him who does not know you buy you.
Let him who feels he has a dirty nose wipe it.
Let him who is cold blow the fire.
Let him who is well off hold his tongue.
Let him who is well off stay where he is.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Let him who will not have advice have conflict.
Let ilka herring hing by its ain head.
Let it be a husband, though it be but a log.
Let it be given to the most meritorious.
Let it be late, let it be good. Equivalent to: Better late than never.
Let it go for what it is worth.
Let it roll; it will right itself.
Let justice be done though the heavens fall.
Let justice be done, though the world perish.
Let lie what is too heavy to lift.
Let me eat, let me sit, when it gets dark let me sleep.
Let me fart, and then hit you.
Let me get over the lake, and I have no fear of the brook.
Let me get over the lake, and I will have no fear of the brook.
Let me go warm, and folks may laugh.
Let no man be the servant of another, who can be his own master.
Let no one look into your heart or into your purse.
Let no one say, 'Of this water I will not drink.'.
Let no one take a pawn that eats.
Let no shovel-beaked bird ever enter your yard.
Let not him that has a mouth ask another to blow.
Let not the bottom of your purse or of your mind be seen.
Let not the tongue utter what the head must pay for.
Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth.
Let not turn fun to mischief.
Let not you shirt know your secret.
Let not your right hand know what your left hand doeth.
Let not your shirt know all your thoughts.
Let not your shirt know your way of thinking.
Let not your sword be drawn at any man's bidding.
Let not your tongue cut your throat.
Let not your tongue say what your head may pay for.
Let people take and dogs bark.
Let rats shoot arrows at each other.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Let someone else acknowledge your virtues.
Let someone else sing your praise.
Let the big dog eat.
Let the blood be ever so thin, it is always thicker than water.
Let the buyer be on his guard.
Let the buyer beware.
Let the cobbler stick to his last.
Let the dead rest.
Let the devil get into the church, and he will mount the altar.
Let the devil into church and he will climb into the pulpit.
Let the devil never find you unoccupied.
Let the dog bark at me, so he don't bite me.
Let the dog bark so he don't bite me.
Let the giver be silent and the receiver speak.
Let the good times roll Cajun French.
Let the guest go before the storm bursts.
Let the guts be full, for it is they that carry the legs.
Let the injurer not forget.
Let the man who has suffered ask it -- not the man who has travelled.
Let the miracle be wrought, though it be by the devil.
Let the mishap circulate.
Let the poor man mind his tongue.
Let the rings go, let the fingers stay.
Let the salad-maker be a spendthrift for oil, a miser for vinegar, a statesman for salt, and a madman for tossing.
Let the sun shine on me, for I care not for the moon.
Let the sword decide only after the plan has failed.
Let the water you cannot drink flow by.
Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.' (motto of the U.S. state of ).
Let the world say what it will.
Let them be birds. (Small eggs make little soup.).
Let them be birds. (Small eggs make little soup.).
Let them hate, so that they fear me.
Let them laugh that win.
Let them talk of men, and beg of me.
Let there be light.
Let there be no delay.
Let things/issues go or pass, but don't forget what they were, why they happened, other consequences, etc. Can lead to knowledge about not repeating the same mistake.
Let those who have nails play the guitar.
Let us be judged of by our actions.
Let us first catch the bear and then sell its skin.
Let us go hand in hand,not one before another.
Let us go, where fate directs us.
Let us have florins and we shall find cousins.
Let us hurry and finish up the food; when visitors arrive, the meal will be over.
Let war be waged in the house of him who wants it.
Let well alone.
Let what is lost go for God's sake.
Let your head be more than a funnel to your stomach.
Let your love be like drizzle: it comes softly, but still swells the river.
Let your purse be your master.
Let your trouble tarry till its own day comes.
Let's get back to what we were saying, doing.
Let's go we're getting wet (Knowing when to take one's leave).
Let's kill one Turk, then rest.
Let's pour clear water into the glass.
Letting failing/falling is not failure in itself, but letting it get you down or stop trying is.
Liars need good memories.
Liars should have good memories.
Liberal enough of another man's leather.
Liberal hands make many friends.
Liberate me from that bad fellow, myself.
Liberty has no crueler enemy than license.
Liberty has no price.
Liberty is God's gift, liberties the devil s.
Lick upwards, kick downwards.
Lie bread so I can eat you.
Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
Lie, but don't overdo it.
Lies and Latin go round the world.
Lies and gossip have a wretched offspring.
Lies are accepted once, not twice.
Lies are short legged.
Lies are usually caused by undue fear of men.
Lies have no legs.
Lies have short legs.
Lies melt the snow.
Lies never pay the toll.
Lies that build are better than truths that destroy.
Life and death in the hands of the tongue.
Life at court is often a short cut to hell.
Life begins at forty.
Life does not give mortals anything but hard labor.
Life imitates art.
Life is -- not separate from death.
Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.
Life is a dung pie from which you take a bite every day.
Life is a gift for which we pay dearly.
Life is a ladder -- some will climb up it, others down.
Life is a long journey with a heavy bag on its back.
Life is a perception of your own reality.
Life is a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more.
Life is a temporary stop, death is the journey home.
Life is a waste if you didn't live as you would have wanted to!.
Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.
Life is an onion that you peel crying.
Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
Life is half spent before one knows what it is.
Life is half spent before one knows what life is.
Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Life is just like a dream -- but don't wake me.
Life is like a ballet performance -- danced only once.
Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.
Life is like a candle in the wind; like frost on the roof; like the wriggling of the fish in the pan.
Life is like a christmas tree, there's always someone who breaks the balls.
Life is like a game in which God shuffles the cards, the devil deals them and we have to play the trumps.
Life is like a lamp flame; it needs a little oil now and then.
Life is like an onion, which one peels crying.
Life is like perpetual drunkenness, the pleasure passes but the headache remains.
Life is like the flame of a lamp; it needs a little oil now and then.
Life is like this: sometimes sun, sometimes rain.
Life is not always about roses.
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Life is short but a smile takes barely a second.
Life is short, art is longer.
Life is short, but there's a lot to be done.
Life is so short we must move very slowly.
Life is sweet.
Life is the biggest bargain -- we get it for nothing.
Life is the source of all things.
Life is too short to drink bad wine.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Life is what you make of it.
Life isn't all beer and skittles.
Life itself cannot give you joy/ Unless you really will it./ Life just gives you time and space -- It's up to you to fill it.
Life will not get more beautiful by making grimaces.
These are Proverb Examples from around the world, some have been translated from their original language to english.