Slovenian Proverbs

By | May 23, 2015

Sayings of Slovenian origin

Bad company often leads to unpleasant consequences.

Friday, bad beginning.

I can do nothing about governments and winter.

Man’s life is like a drop of dew on a lea£

Good sense is better than velvet.

Don’t start anything on Friday.

It is better to buy firewood, when cherries are ripe.

If you promise something it is a debt that you have to repay.

A doorstep is the highest of all mountains.

Who is forced to go to church will not pray.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

In shaping one’s own fortune one should not rely on the help of others, as they are also concerned mainly about their own matters.

We should not make a bad situation even worse by an improper remark.

Don’t ask the blind man for the way, nor a fool for advice.

You can accomplish much through hard work and careful management.

Pray to God for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing.

A promise makes a debt.

Everyone takes care of their own needs first, before turning to others.

Good housewife support three corners of the house.

Get up early and start work, and you will accomplish much.

From bad company you often get a headache.

Own country’s soil is better than gold ore in foreign land.

No more wine, no conversation, no more money, no friends.

Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

There is no smoke without fire.

God knows why he has made the wings of some birds shorter.

Old love does not rust.

Honey on a tongue, ice in the heart.

The night advises, the day shapes.

Early hour – golden hour.

What you build easily will fall quickly.

No work without food.

Hunger is the best spice.

Laughter is half of the health.

The night is for thinking, the day is for acting.

Children generally follow the example of their parents, but imitate their faults more surely than their virtues.

Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

Donkeys don’t go on the ice twice.

What goes around, comes around.

One today is better than two tomorrows.

Good sense is of greater value than wealth.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Youth is crazy, jumping over the ditch, where there is a bridge.

God created his own beard first, only then for the others.

Child that has been burnt will understand the danger of fire.

Appearances can be deceptive.

No song is so long that it wouldn’t be sung out.

More heads know more.

Lie is quickly found out.

It is in man’s interest to protect the neighbour’s property.

Wise master of the house protects his neighbor’s house from fire.

Feed the worker if you want him to work.

Who digs a trap for others ends up in it himself.

Whoever speaks a great deal, knows much or lies much.

Roast chickens don’t fly into mouth by themselves.

Never whisper to the deaf, or wink at the blind.

He who flys high, falls low.

More you know, more respect you get.

Whoever has contempt for his mother tongue, does not respect his mother.

Only a fool would make the same mistake twice.

Stone to stone – palace, grain to grain – loaf of bread.

A word is not a horse.

Nice word finds a nice place.

It is better to chase the day by the head than by the tail.

Better to hold it than to chase it.

Politeness costs nothing, but yields much.

In small churches, small saints are big..

Still waters run deep.

Slow and steady wins the race.

It is easier to believe than to go and ask.

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

All roads do not lead to Rome.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Home sweet home.

You can do nothing about governments and winter.

Lie has short legs.

You meet a friend when times are tough.

No pain, no gain.

The one who arrives the first, grinds the first.

Without due effort one is not entitled to the fruits of the work.

It is too late to ring the bells after the hail.

That which is good, praises itself.

You can’t keep on with the same story, or do things in the same way, since nothing lasts forever.

Map of Slovenia with Slovenian flag

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia is a nation state on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, and Hungary to the northeast. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.05 million. It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the European Union and NATO.

Slovene is the only official language throughout the country, whereas Italian and Hungarian are regional minority languages.

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia located at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region.

External Links :

Wikipedia page on Slovenia for further reading.
YouTube Slovenian Anthem (with english lyrics)

A Toast (Zdravljica) is the national anthem of Slovenia.
Lyrics (In English)

The vintage, friends, is over,
And here sweet wine makes, once again,
Sad eyes and hearts recover
Puts fire into every vein.
Drowns dull care
Everywhere
And summons hope out of despair.

To whom with acclamation
And song shall we our first toast give?
God save our land and nation
And all Slovenes where’er they live,
Who own the same
Blood and name,
And who one glorious Mother claim.

Let thunder out of heaven
Strike down and smite our wanton foe!
Now, as it once had thriven,
May our dear realm in freedom grow.
May fall the last
Chains of the past
Which bind us still and hold us fast!

Let peace, glad conciliation,
Come back to us throughout the land!
Towards their destination
Let Slavs henceforth go hand-in-hand!
Thus again
Will honour reign
To justice pledged in our domain.

To you, our pride past measure,
Our girls! Your beauty, charm and grace!
There surely is no treasure
To equal maidens of such race.
Sons you’ll bear,
Who will dare
Defy our foe no matter where.

Our hope now, our to-morrow –
The youths – we toast and toast with joy.
No poisonous blight or sorrow
Your love of homeland shall destroy.
With us indeed
You’re called to heed
Its summons in this hour of need.

God’s blessing on all nations,
Who long and work for that bright day,
When o’er earth’s habitations
No war, no strife shall hold its sway;
Who long to see
That all men free
No more shall foes, but neighbours be!

At last to our reunion –
To us the toast! Let it resound,
Since in this gay communion
By thoughts of brotherhood we’re bound
May joyful cheer
Ne’er disappear
From all good hearts now gathered here.

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