The Folklore of Proverb Phrases
Proverbs are short pithy sayings that reflect a general truth or piece of folk wisdom. These phrases are often metaphorical; animals, foods and other objects the speaker and the audience are familiar are used to with to illustrate the point. They also describe a basic rule of conduct that is also known as a maxim.
Here are some easy to understand examples of proverb phrases (sensible standalone sentences) from a range of cultures:
- Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
- Every ass loves to hear himself bray.
- Haste makes waste.
- A man doesn’t go far from where his corn is roasting.
- Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
- A large chair does not make a king.
- Talk does not cook rice.
- A crooked branch has a crooked shadow.
- Overturned water does not go back into the bowl.
- You can't chew with somebody else's teeth.
- Too many cooks spoil the broth.
- Talking is silver, silence is golden.
- An old patient is better than a new doctor.
- Never strike your wife, even with a flower.
- Pearls are worthless in the desert.
- ‘Almost’ does not push a man off his horse.
- Empty barrels rattle the loudest.
- Mistakes should be expected of beginners.
- If you chase two hares, you will not catch either.
- It is better to turn back than to get lost.
- A lie has short legs.