Asian Proverbs ~ Words of Wisdom

Never reveal all that you know to others: They might become shrewder than you.
Bhutanese Proverb

Anyone canfancy his bed as a palace.
Burmese Proverb

The excessively kind-hearted person becomes a slave.
Burmese Proverb

If you are doing wrong, make sure you don’t get fat from it.
Cambodian Proverb

Donkey’s lips do not fit onto a horse’s mouth.
Chinese Proverb

A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
Chinese Proverb

Tell a lie and the truth will come to light.
Filipino Proverb

To a dog a bone has more value than a pearl.
FIlipino Proverb

A viper without fangs is like a piece of rope.
Indian Proverb

If you are up to your knees in pleasure, then you are up to your waist in grief.
Indian Proverb

A bad wife spells a hundred years of bad harvest.
Japanese Proverb

An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught.
Japanese Proverb

A great river does not refuse any small streams.
Korean Proverb

Give an extra piece of cake to a stepchild.
Korean Proverb

The fuller the ear of rice, the lower it bends.
Malay Proverb

Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.
Malay Proverb

Times are not always the same; the grass is not always green.
Mongolian Proverb

Don’t look for bad things in the good that you do.
Mongolian Proverb

The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words do.
Thai Proverb

Our best masters are those who make us suffer the most.
Tibetan Proverb

Words are mere bubbles of water; deeds are drops of gold.
Tibetan Proverb

When a cat steals a piece of meat, we chase it. But when a tiger takes a pig we stare wide-eyed and say nothing.
Vietnamese Proverb

Wine comes in, words come out.
Vietnamese Proverb