Albanian Proverbs

By | February 6, 2015

Sayings of Albanian origin
Flag of Albania

The weaker the argument, the stronger the words.

The sun at home warms better than the sun elsewhere.

The stomach has no windows.

The monk gets married to please his friend.

The man who has eaten enough will never believe a hungry one.

The fox will catch you with cunning, and the wolf with courage.

The end of the thief is the gallows.

Stroke the dog and he will mark you with his dirty paws.

Still pursuing, still achieving.

Plough your furrows deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.

Patience is the key to paradise.

Other people’s burdens killed the ass.

One eats figs whilst the other pays.

Nobody can serve two masters.

More lambs than sheep are slaughtered.

Love is sometimes difficult but death even more so.

In times of need a pig is called uncle.

In the eyes of the mouse the cat is a lion.

If your neighbor is an early riser, you too will become one.

If you have figs in your knapsack, everyone will want to be your friend.

If you fear God, you won’t fear humans.

If you are in the house of a friend, bad times are soon forgotten.

He who leans against a big tree will always find shade.

He who is not drunk on a Sunday is not worth a greeting on Monday.

He who hesitates, regrets.

He who can read and write has four eyes.

Hard heads suffer much.

Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy.

Fire is a good slave, but a bad master.

Every man is the smith of his own fortune.

Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all.

Even the hen looks toward heaven when she drinks.

Don’t put gold buttons on a torn coat.

Brotherly love for brotherly love, but cheese for money.

A tailless dog cannot express his joy.

A dry bone is never licked.

You can’t blame a dentist for looking down at the mouth.

You cannot turn blood into water.

You can fool an old horse once but you can’t fool him twice.

Work like a slave and eat like a gentleman.

Whoever is shy, will suffer from hunger.

Where a horse of a Turk passes the grass will not grow again.

When you have no companion, look to your walking stick.

When the cat is away, the mice will play.

When in doubt, find out.

When a hundred men call a wise man a fool, then he becomes a fool.

When a Greek shakes your hand, count your fingers after.

What the eye can’t see, the heart won’t crave.

Well begun, is half done.

To err is human; to dine, divine.

There was anguish before there was man.

The wolf loves the fog.

Albania Flag Map

Albania, officially known as the Republic of Albania, is a country in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which connects the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.

Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization. It is one of the founding members of the Energy Community and the Union for the Mediterranean. It is also an official candidate for membership in the European Union. (external link to Wikipedia page on Albania for further reading!)

Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania.

Albanian is the official language of Albania. Its standard spoken and written form is revised and merged from the two main dialects, Gheg and Tosk, though it is notably based more on the Tosk dialect.

“Hymn to the Flag”,”Himni i Flamurit” is the national anthem of Albania. (Watch Youtube Video!)

Lyrics (English Translation)

Around our flag we stand united,
With one wish and one goal,
A sacred oath we bestow upon it
Proclaiming loyalty for our salvation.

From war abstains only he,
Who a traitor is born,
He who is a true man is not frightened,
But dies a martyr to the cause.

With weapons in our hands a-brandished,
We will defend our fatherland,
Our sacred rights we’ll not relinquish,
The foe has no place in our land.

For God himself proclaimed:
The nations of the earth shall wane,
And yet will live, will thrive Albania.
For her our fight won’t be in vain.

O Flag, flag, you sacred symbol
upon you we now swear
for Albania, our dear fatherland
for honour and your commends

Brave man is named and honoured
the one who sacrificed himself for the fatherland
Forever he will be remembered
on earth and under as a saint!

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