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Gnome Proverbs and Wisdom

  • A good merchant has neither money nor goods.
  • A net will catch more than a pole.
  • A priest's belly is made up of several sheepskins.
  • All ages are submissive to love.
  • As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far place.
  • Don't raise your stick and the dog won't bark at you.
  • Eat what is cooked, listen to what is said.
  • Even honor is not an honor, if there is nothing to eat.
  • For him who does not believe in signs, there is no way to live in the world.
  • He can cheat a fish of its skin.
  • His word is as good as a tied knot.
  • If the pocket is empty, the judge is deaf.
  • If you don't deceive, you can't sell.
  • Loose words are picked up like gold coin.
  • No one knows how the poor man dines.
  • Not everything is a mermaid that dives into the water.
  • Old age is not a joy, but death is not a gain.
  • One man in a field is not a warrior.
  • Peace lasts till the army comes, and the army lasts till peace comes.
  • Smooth hands love the labor of others.
  • The horse loves oats; the earth, manure; and the governor, tribute.
  • The wise man boasts of his goods and wares; the foolish one of his young wife.
  • There's no harm in wine, it's drunkenness that is at fault.
  • To every high mountain, there is a higher one.
  • Until you have smoked out the bees, you can't eat the honey.
  • You can't do everything at once.
  • You do not drink soup with a knife.
  • Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.
  • Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.
  • Better a lie which heals than a truth which wounds.
  • Nothing seems expensive on credit.
  • Do not protect yourself with a fence, but rather by your friends
  • A handful of friends is better than a wagon load of gold.

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