Bulgarian Proverbs

Sayings of Bulgarian origin

God does not pay every Saturday.

God gives but does not lock the gate.

God is not without sins: He created the world.

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.

A crow will never be a dove.

A fortress surrenders from within.

A friend in need is a friend in deed.

A gentle word opens an iron gate.

A good rooster can never have too many hens.

A house without a woman is like a fire without a bucket.

Lies legs are short.

A lion lurks in everyone’s heart; awake him not.

A song belongs to no one.

A tree falls the way it leans.

A word about to be spoken is like a stone that is ready to be thrown.

Aid yourself and the lord will come.

An axe without a shaft is no threat to the forest.

Drop by drop – a whole lake becomes.

Every frog has his own pond.

From the promise to the deed is a day’s journey.

From walking, something, from sitting, nothing.

Give me, mother, luck at my birth, then throw me if you will on the rubbish heap.

Grapes do not grow in a willow tree.

Hasty work – shame for the craftsman.

He who believes in dreams feeds on wind.

He who breaks his word shall through his word be broken.

He who has been at the mill has flour on his hat.

He who pulls out a knife, by knife shall die.

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack.

If you cannot serve, you cannot rule.

If you can’t be good, then be careful.

If you don’t help yourself, even God cannot help you.

If you go to sleep with the blind, you’ll wake up squinting.

If you have no enemies think then that your own mother might have produced one.

If you let everyone walk over you, then you become a carpet.

If you light one candle for God, then you must light two for the devil.

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees.

If you want to annoy the devil stay silent.

If you want to drown yourself, don’t torture yourself with shallow water.

If you would live long, open your heart.

It is good fishing in water stream.

Let the man who has suffered ask it, not the man who has travelled.

Life is a ladder; some will climb up it, others down.

Man proposes, God disposes.

Many hands make light work.

Mother Nature, time and patience are the three best doctors.

Nature, time, and patience are the three great physicians.

New day — new destiny.

No hero without a wound.

One does not get crucified, one crucifies oneself.

One gentle word opens a gate of iron.

One swallow doesn’t make a spring.

Only other people’s eggs are double-yolked.

Pretty wife, old wine, many friends.

Ravens do not peck each other’s eyes out.

Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.

Still waters run deep.

Take a big bite, don’t say a big word.

The crow pecks at the ox to clean it, not to feed from it.

The droplet is always at its largest just before it drops.

The earth is man’s only friend.

The eye that sees all things else, sees not itself.

The fox falls into the trap only once.

The hasty bitch gives birth to blind puppies.

The neighbor’s chicken is a duck.

The village feeds the town.

The wife carries the husband on her face; the husband carries the wife on his clothes.

The wolf changes only his coat , not his character.

The wolf has a thick neck, because he does his job on his own.

There is no smoke without fire.

Thirsty men make good prophets.

Two happy days are seldom brothers.

When a Bulgar gets rich he builds himself another house.

When the sea turned into honey, the poor lost his spoon.

When the Turk becomes richer he takes another wife.

Whip the saddle and give the mule something to think about it.

Why should I shave when God doesn’t?

You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.

You can’t make something beautiful with force.

You will sell more sheepskins at the market than wolfskins.

Тоо many midwives deliver a sickly baby.

Bulgarian Flag and Map

Bulgaria , officially the Republic of Bulgaria , is a country located in south-eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe’s 14th-largest country.

The Bulgarian language is an Indo-European language, a member of the Southern branch of the Slavic language family.Along with the closely related Macedonian language , has several characteristics that set it apart from all other Slavic languages.

Dear Motherland, “Mila Rodino” is the national anthem of Bulgaria


Proud Balkan Mountains,
next to it the Danube sparkles,
the sun shines over Thrace,
and blazes over Pirin.

Refrain: (twice)
Dear Motherland,
you are heaven on earth,
your beauty, your loveliness,
ah, they are boundless.

Countless fighters died,
for our beloved people,
mother, give us manly strength
to continue their path.*

Together, Bulgarian brothers!
Moscow is with us in peace and war!
A great Party leads
Our victorious society.

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