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Some examples from certain countries that we would have done without.
As the back cover indicates, “3500 proverbs classified from 950 key words”. It can look scary, but in the “pocket book” format it is easy to read.
Here is a small selection of gems that will make you want to read this book:
_In the little boxes, the good ointments.
_Good books make good scholars.
_Big pains are silent.
_We must make a golden bridge for the fleeing enemy.
_The advice of boredom is the advice of the devil.
_The most covered fire is the most ardent.
_The ivy dies where it attaches.
_Woman who loves silence, has great knowledge.
_ “Fortune is like the shine of glass. She has the fragility”. POLYEUCTE.
_You must be a companion of your wife and a master of your horse.
_A mare’s kick has never hurt a horse.
_“The word was given to us to disguise our thoughts”. TALLEYRAND.
_”The best doctor is the pot”. SAVOY.
_Instinct does not deceive.
_ “You only die once”. MOLIÈRE.
_Nobility comes from virtue.
_Only things happen on earth that have already happened.
_Idleness is the devil’s pillow. ITALY
_When your left ear rings, great praise is given to you. When your right ear rings, your praise is set aside. BRITTANY
_Pride goes before falls. THE BIBLE
_Paper is more patient than men. Quoted by ANNE FRANK.
_He who forgives easily invites to offend.
_The word is silver. But the silence is gold.
_Whoever leaves the game loses it.
_Chi va piano, va sano. Chi va sano, va bene. Chi va bene, va lontano. Chi va lontano, va semper. ITALY.
_The only thing coarse about the peasant is his clogs.
_Perseverance overcomes everything.
_The drop of water ends up digging into the rock.
_Each pot has its lid.
_Short prayers penetrate the heavens.
_At the distaff, the fool kneels.
_Between the bridle and the spur, in all things lies reason.
_No rose without thorns.
_“Mix with wisdom a grain of madness. Sometimes it is good to forget wisdom.” HORACE to VIRGIL.
_Saint Nicholas marries girls with guys.
_Who has sage in their garden, doesn’t need a doctor.
_Sage and lavender, I tell you, cure any diseases.
_Who drinks sage, of Our-Lady remembers.
_The more we learn, the more we want to know. AUVERGNE.
_It’s the empty barrels that make the most noise.
_The eyes are the mirror of the soul.
_ » To want is to can « . ST.PAUL
_You don’t have to be more Catholic than the Pope.
_“One must not be more royalist than the King.” CHATEAUBRIAND
_Crozier of gold, Bishop of wood.
_Danger past, Saint mocked.
_The devil never sleeps.
_We must be wary of bigots.
_He only has the fervor of a novice.
_“Everyone’s enemy is the people of his household.” SAINT MATTHEW.
_Si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war).
_We never finish doing our duty.
_Who can do more, can do less.
_Rich man doesn’t know who is his friend.
_Well-off who knows.
_From the past we know the future.
_The fountain itself says it is thirsty.
_We only know our happiness when we have lost it.
_We grab the ox by the horns. And men by the tongue.
_The better we are, the more we see our goodness exploited.
_The Breton strikes first and then threatens.
_It’s always good to hold your horse by the bridle.
_The wise hide their thoughts.
_“There is no anger above the wrath of a woman.” THE ECCLESIASTES.
_To compare is to offend.
_Salt and advice are only given to those who ask for them. ITALY
_Everyone works in their own interest.
_It’s better to hold than to run.
_Small kitchen makes the house bigger.
_Who sings of his ills, makes his friends go away.
_We don’t give anything for nothing.
_We catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
_Drop after drop of water hollows out the stone.
_There is no worse water than sleeping water.
_The last one to come is the best loved (by the children).
_Hell is paved with good intentions.
_“From the sublime to the ridiculous, there is only one step.” NAPOLEON
_Too much favor is not good.
_Good woman. Worth the crown.
_The finest is not the one who sings. He is the one who listens. AGEN
_Silence makes the madman seem like a good man.
_A fool is he who wants to watch over a woman.
_If you go looking for trouble you’ll find it.
_To great lords, few words.
_Talking too much is harmful.
_Men are like melons, out of 10 there is 1 good one.
_Imagination is the madwoman of the house.
_Do good to a donkey, he will thank you with his droppings. NORTH
_In tall houses, the attic is empty.
_“All these virtues with which hell is full”. BOSSUET
_ “The unfortunate are ungrateful. This is part of their misfortune.” VICTOR HUGO
_Slander is mainly directed towards those who marry and those who are dead.
_When New Year’s Eve is on a Sunday, sell your horse and mule and put the price of it in wheat safely. BRITTANY
_You must turn your tongue in your mouth 7 times before speaking.
_The hare always returns to its shelter.
_With perseverance and effort, you can achieve anything.
_There’s enough to do to watch what’s cooking in your pot, without looking at what’s cooking in your neighbor’s pot.
_The father’s profession influences the children’s choice of profession.
_Like Mother like daughter.
_He who does not give his son a profession gives him the profession of a thief.
_The better you are, the more you are taken for an imbecile.
_Walls have ears.
_Necessity lowers kindness.
_Necessity is the mother of industry, of inventions.
_We overcome everything with patience and care.
_The night (Moon) gives advices.
_The falcon learns to hunt on its own.
_The honest man must refrain from talking about dishonest things.
_“Merit is a fool if money does not accompany it.” MONTFLEURY
_“Human skin is irritable and ticklish.” CATHERINE II
_The sloth’s field is full of weeds.
_Every city that parleys is half surrendered.
_Who speaks lose, who listens win. ITALY
_Everyone advocates for their interests.
_With men, cunning is better than force.
_Patience overcomes everything.
_In his skin the wolf and the fox will die.
_Villain’s punishment is counted for nothing.
_ » The greatest thoughts come from the heart « . VAUVENARGUES
_Father must not fail his child.
_A good father must be everywhere. Last person lying down. First up.
_You have to constantly watch over your belongings.
_Where the police are missing. Malice abounds.
_Prevention is better than cure.
_Who knows nothing, doubts nothing.
_By laughter we know the madman and the simpleton.
_Too much frankness generates enemies.
_Everyone knows where his shoe hurts him.
_If by working a lot you became rich, so the donkeys would have golden packs.
_ » To live happy, live hidden « . FLORIAN
_Garlic in the evening is the doctor’s misfortune.
_Head pain wants to eat. Stomach pain wants to purge.
_Headache wants to sleep or graze.
_Valerian and burnet cure the most stubborn disease.
_Love makes you blind.
_Whoever wants to enjoy wings (her), must raise their thigh.
_If women knew what celery was worth to men, they would go to Rome to get it.
_Kissing too much makes you unlucky in the bed.
_The gruffer the goat, the more the goat licks him.
_The flower goes to the old cat.
_March sun, who gives emotions, but do not solve anything. (Refers to a woman who “turns on” but does not concede anything).
_Thyme helps to make love without end. BRITTANY
An essential work for understanding more of the secrets of our strong ancestors.