Hearing Proverbs

Saying about Hearing

One good punch on your enemy’s nose, gives more pleasure than hearing well-meaning advice from your elders. ~ Tibetan Proverbs

In a good family the husband is deaf and the wife blind. ~ French Proverbs

I am talking to you, daughter-in-law, so that you could hear it, neighbor! ~ Egyptian Proverbs

A deaf husband and a blind wife will always make a happy couple. ~ Danish Proverbs

When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured. ~ English Proverbs

A man who cries all the time is not heard. ~ African Proverb

Never whisper to the deaf or wink at the blind. ~ Slovenian Proverbs

If you close one eye, you will not hear everything. ~ Swiss Proverbs

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us. ~ Russian Proverbs

With money you can make the dead speak; without it you can’t even keep the deaf quiet. ~ Chinese Proverbs

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~ Chinese Proverb

When the cook and the steward fall out, we hear who stole the butter. ~ Dutch Proverbs

When the big bells ring, the little bells are not heard. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

If a man would live in peace, he should be blind, deaf, and dumb. ~ Persian Proverb

If the pocket is empty, the judge is deaf. ~ Russian Proverb

Who is blind, dumb and deaf will live a peaceful life of a hundred years. ~ Sicilian Proverbs

A good bell is heard from far, a bad one still further. ~ Finnish Proverbs

Who talks little hears better. ~ Russian Proverb

To live in peace one must be blind, deaf, and mute. ~ Turkish Proverb

If a woman hears that something unusual is going on in heaven, she would find a ladder to go and look. ~ Armenian Proverbs

When big bells ring, little ones are not heard. ~ Serbian Proverb

I’m talking to the door, but I want the walls to hear me. ~ Afghan Proverbs

A wise man hears one word and understands two. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Talk of the devil and you hear his bones rattle. ~ Dutch Proverb

Do not sigh, for your enemy will hear and rejoice. ~ Yemeni Proverb

Better to hear curses than to be pitied. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The quarrel that doesn’t concern you is pleasant to hear about. ~ Nigerian Proverb

Do something good and your neighbor will never know, do something bad and they will hear about it a hundred miles away. ~ Chinese Proverb

Those that will not hear must be made to feel. ~ German Proverb

You hear little from the drummer that is paid in advance. ~ French Proverb

You only hear three voices in this world: the babbling of the stream, Jewish law, and money. ~ Palestinian Proverb

A happy man does not hear the clock strike. ~ German Proverb

Children will tell you what they do, men what they think and older people what they have seen and heard. ~ Gypsy Proverb

A brave man is scared of a lion three times: first when he sees the tracks; second when he hears the first roar; and third when they are face to face. ~ Somali Proverbs

Once a word has been uttered it belongs to those who hear it. ~ Montenegro Proverb

A deaf man may not have heard the thunder but he surely will see the rain. ~ Malian Proverb

Not everything you hear is good for conversation. ~ Jamaican Proverb

A deaf man heard how a mute told that a blind man has seen how a cripple walked. ~ Yiddish Proverb

If you hear that a mountain has moved, believe; but if you hear that a man has changed his character, believe it not. ~ Islamic Proverb

Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind. ~ German Proverbs

It is folly to sing twice to a deaf man. ~ English Proverb

Neither reprove nor flatter your wife where people hear or see it. ~ Dutch Proverb

What the child says, he has heard at home. ~ Nigerian Proverb

Before you let your voice be heard, first lick your lips. ~ Indonesian Proverb

It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man. ~ Greek Proverb

Ask no questions and hear no lies. ~ Traditional Proverb

He who prays for his neighbors will be heard for himself. ~ Hebrew Proverb

To sing to the deaf, to talk with the dumb, and to dance for the blind are three foolish things. ~ Indian Proverb

All women are good Lutherans — they would rather preach than hear mass. ~ Dutch Proverb

If the peasant doesn’t hear the thunder he won’t make the sign of the cross. ~ Russian Proverb

Never tell your friends what your enemy may not hear. ~ Arabian Proverb

“I heard” is good; “I saw” is better. ~ Chinese Proverb

Daughters may be seen but not heard. ~ Dutch Proverb

What children hear their parents say by the fireside, they repeat in the highway. ~ Spanish Proverb

If “How are you?” cost a cent, few would hear it. ~ Jamaican Proverb

There are none so deaf as those who will not hear advice. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs. ~ Mozambican Proverb

Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear. ~ Arabian Proverb

Mothers-in-law are fine so long as they are deaf and blind. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains. ~ Traditional Proverb

Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see. ~ Traditional Proverb

God hears things upside down. ~ Lebanese Proverb

The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further off than the roar of a lion. ~ Arabian Proverb

When you’ve heard it you must see it; when you’ve seen it make a judgment with your heart. ~ Laotian Proverb

When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything. ~ Swiss Proverb

He who is struck by the lightning doesn’t hear the thunder. ~ Hungarian Proverb

Do not tell all that you know, don’t believe all you hear, and don’t do all that you can. ~ Portuguese Proverb

In heaven you won’t hear the mosquitoes. ~ Finnish Proverb


Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf. ~ Sir William Osler

The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear. ~ William Shakespeare

Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. ~ William Shakespeare

Heaven is never deaf but when man’s heart is dumb. ~ Francis Quarles

Went in at the one ear and out at the other. ~ John Heywood

If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

None so deaf as those who will not hear. ~ Matthew Henry

The world is dying for want, not of good preaching, but of good hearing. ~ George Dana Boardman

The will is deaf and hears no heedful friends. ~ William Shakespeare

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain

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