Czech Proverbs
A crow sits next to a crow.
A crow will not peck out a crow's eyes.
A custom wears a shirt of iron.
A dog that barks doesn't bite.
A good neighbor increases the value of your property.
A lie has short legs.
A sweaty foot seldom comes alone.
After a battle, everyone is a general.
Against the beastly human being even the gods are powerless.
All rivers do their best for the sea.
An apple does not fall far from the tree.
Anger is the only thing to put off until tomorrow.
As long as a language lives, the people will not perish.
As one makes his bed, that way he shall lie down.
As one sows, so shall he reap.
Beer makes beautiful bodies.
Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts.
Better a lie which heals than a truth which wounds.
Better a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.
Better to have a handful of might than a sack of justice.
Blessed is the man who has friends, but woe to him who needs them.
Choose your woman with a velvet glove, but control her with a fist of iron.
Cleanliness is half your health.
Consider each day of your life to be the best.
Do not always expect good to happen, but do not let evil take you by surprise.
Do not blow in the bear's ear.
Do not buy with your ears but with your eyes.
Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.
Do not protect yourself with a fence, but rather by your friends.
Don't be a lion in your own house.
Don't extinguish something that does not burn you.
Don't go to the pub without money.
Don't jump high in a room with a low ceiling.
Doubts mean losing half of one's case beforehand.
Early bird hops further.
Even in hell it is good to have friends.
Even in the tiniest little chapel there are some prayers said once a year.
Even small fish are fish.
Everywhere is well, at home it's best.
Extol the virtue of water, but drink wine.
Forbidden fruit tastes best.
Gentlemen don't want to give much and are ashamed to give little.
God's mills mill slowly, but surely.
Good memories last long, bad ones last longer.
Guest and fish stinks at third day.
He who cannot cut the bread evenly cannot get on well with people.
He who comes sooner shall mill/grind sooner.
He who digs a pit for another falls into it himself.
He who has not been given brains from above will not buy them at the apothecary.
He who is curious shall grow old soon.
He who is not lazy shall get much green.
He who looks only at heaven may easily break his nose on earth.
He who saves shall have as much as three.
He who waits shall live to see.
Hope is a great breakfast but a poor dinner.
Hunger is the best cook.
I am a gentleman and you are a gentleman; who, then, should look after the pigs?
If a woman doesn't know what she has to answer then the sea is dry.
If the goat had a longer tail he could wipe the stars clean.
If you do good to the Devil, out of gratitude he will deliver you to hell.
If you wake up in the morning and feel no pain it is to be feared that you died in the night.
If you want to hear the truth about yourself -- offend your neighbor.
In a healthy body, a healthy spirit.
It is better not to begin than, having begun, leave unfinished.
It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.
It is usually dark below the candlestick.
Joy and sorrow sleep in the same bed.
Joyfulness is half your health.
Laws without penalties are like bells without clappers.
Laws without punishment are like bells with no clackers.
Learn a new language and get a new soul.
Long tongue -- short hands.
Love is partner of blindness.
Love is sweet captivity.
Many a friend has been lost by a jest, but none has ever been got by one.
Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.
Many dogs, rabbit's death.
May the Lord grant me a sword and no need to use it.
Measure twice, cut once.
Morning rain and women's tears dry as fast as each other.
No church without a sermon.
No man has fallen from the sky learned.
Nothing seems expensive on credit.
Our parents taught us to speak and the world taught us to be silent.
Politeness pleases even a cat.
Still waters wash out banks.
The big thieves hang the little ones.
The blacksmith's horse has no horseshoes.
The first sin makes the bed for the second.
The fish does not go after the hook, but after the bait.
The fool never undertakes little.
The Germans in the stable, the Czech in the kitchen and the French in bed.
The God who gave us teeth will also give us bread.
The law has a nose of wax.
The Lord will drench you with His showers, but he will dry you with His sun.
The moon does not care if the dog barks at it.
The morning is wiser than the evening.
The one who sits on the ground need not fear a fall.
The way one eats is the way one works.
The wedding lasts for two or three days, but the trouble stays longer.
The world at large doesn't lead to hell nor does the monastery lead to heaven.
There are no cakes without work.
There can be no judge without an accused.
There is no point in showing the way to an old hare.
There were once three brothers: a lie, theft and the gallows.
Wait for a month before you praise a horse, and for a year before you praise a woman.
Warm food, warm friendships.
Wars are caused by women and priests.
What is called into a forest is the same what is echoed from the forest.
When a man is not a lover in his twenties, not strong in his thirties, not rich in his forties and not wise in his fifties
he will never be so.
When in need, you shall know a friend.
When the fool knows when to be silent, he would be sitting among the wise.
When we are at our happiest, then it is best to leave and go home.
When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
Who goes for a day in the forest should take bread for a week.
Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.
You are so many times a human how many languages you know.
You walk so long with a jar for water, until the handle breaks off.
You will get furthest with honesty.
You will use in the old what you have learned young.