Bengali Proverbs

Sayings of Bengali origin

Proverbs of Bangladesh

The eyes are the mirror of the mind.

A burnt child dreads the fire or Once bitten, twice shy.

Hide the fish with greens.

A beggar cannot be a bankrupt.

Unless a man is simple, he cannot recognize God, the Simple One.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

The deer has enemies because of its flesh.

A cat has nine lives.

Don’t grow too high lest a storm makes you tumble down.

Half truth is more frightening than falsehood.

A one-eyed uncle is better than no uncle at all.

A golden key can open any door.

A drawing man catches or clutches at a straw .

There is not a single village without a river or a rivulet and a folk poet or a minstrel.

A fool and his money are soon parted .

Eyes are the mirror of mind.

The boat of affection ascends mountains.

What is done cannot be undone.

What is everybody’s business is nobody’s business.

A one-eyed uncle is better than no uncle.

A bully is always a cow.

As the act so the result.

A good beginning is half the battle .

Think before you do, not after you’re done.

What is sauce for the gander is not for the goose.

Well begun is half done.

What god wills is for good.

You cannot eat a fried fish by flipping it.

People meet each other without prior knowledge. It is a person’s character which displays their true attributes to the eyes.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

What god wills no frost can kill.

Thirteen festivals in twelve months.

A cock is always bold on its own dunghill .

Time flows along like the river’s current.

A friend in need is a friend in deed.

Time flows like the flow of water in a river.

What goes up must come down.

A good husband makes a good wife.

A tiger on the land, a crocodile in the water.

A beggar may sing before a pick-pocket.

A barking dog seldom bites.

A bad penny always turns up.

A beggar has nothing to lose.

A full purse never lacks friends.

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

What can’t be cured must be endured.

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Bengali Proverbs

Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma). Nepal, Bhutan and China are located near Bangladesh but do not share a border with it. The country’s maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most populous country.

Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. Located in an eponymous istrict and division, it lies along the east bank of the Buriganga River in the heart of the Bengal delta. Dhaka is the economic, cultural and political center of Bangladesh. (Source)

Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian Subcontinent. It is the national and official language of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

“Amar Sonar Bangla”(My Golden Bengal) is the national anthem of Bangladesh.


My golden Bengal, I love you.
Forever your skies, your air set my heart in tune as if it were a flute
O mother! the aroma of the mango orchard in the spring time drives me crazy,
Ah, what a thrill!
O mother! in Late Autumn time sees smiles all through mature fields of paddy.

What beauty, what shades, what affection, what tenderness!
What a quilt have you spread at the feet of banyan trees and along the bank of every river
Oh mother mine, words from your lips are like nectar to my ears.
Ah, what a thrill!
If sadness, O mother! casts a gloom on your face, my eyes are filled with tears!

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