Wisdom from around the world

There is wisdom in all parts of the world. A lot of wisdom can be learnt from the proverbs and wise sayings of people in all parts of the world. In this post we draw wisdom from all the continents of the world.


“If you close your eyes because of your enemies, you will not be able to see your friends” (African Proverb).

“The fall of a dry leaf is a warning to the green one” (African Proverb).

“A cockroach can only rule in the land of fowls if it employs a fox as its bodyguard.” (African proverb).


“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”


“A poor excuse is better than non at all.”

“A friend to everyone is a friend to nobody.”

“A man who marries twice is a two-time loser.”

“A good wife is the best household furniture.”

Source:American Proverbs, Maxims and folk sayings; The wit and wisdom of yesterday, compiled by Lemer L. Smith.


“When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick it.” (Hindu Proverb).

We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails” (Indian Proverb).

“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” (Chinese Proverb).

“A fair face hide a foul heart” (Vietnamese Proverb).

“Follow the villagers when you are in the new village” (Japanese Proverb).


“In the planting season visitors come singly, in the harvest time, they come in crowds” (Australian Proverb).

“A champion team will always beat a team of champions” (Australian Proverb).

Are there proverbs or wise sayings from your continent or country that you would like to share? Hesitate not.

26 thoughts on “Wisdom from around the world

  1. Very beautiful. Though it’s a small sample, it does give insights about what cultures do focus upon!

    Here are a few from what I remember(Indian):
    “Nuisance is suited for young ones and forgiving for great.”
    “If both Guru and God are standing before me, I am puzzled who shall I rever first? I will exalt the Guru first because he is the one who told me who(where) God is!)

    “May all people be happy.
    May all people be healthy.
    May all people see bliss.
    May nobody be in distress or misery.”

    “An unhappy child and a happy old man are both rare!”

    Love and light <3
    Anand ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Reblogged this on Rose with Thorns and commented:
    I love learning wisdom from around the world. Right now, one of my classes is Proverbs where we are learning more about this type of wisdom and helpful sayings. This post is a great example of wise words.

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