Tamilan Proverbs

Sayings of Tamilan origin

Kind words conquer.

The one who teaches is the giver of eyes.

He that gets forgets; but he that wants, thinks on.

Why would a man without a bow look for arrows?

A bad horse eats as much as a good one.

When I drown, the whole world drowns.

Even the devil needs a friend.

While they are in the valley he treats her as his wife, while on the hill he treats her as his sister.

One child for a young girl and one wash for a new cloth.

Popular agitation leads to justice.

A wise man is he who knows that prosperity and adversity are alike.

The water is running in the river, father drink it, mother drink it.

The treasure of a house is a cow and treasure of a garden is Murungai tree.

The beggar who asks for crumbs gets more than the one who asks for bread.

A good tongue is a good weapon.

Abstinence is the best medicine.

The word uttered by the mouth in anger is too dangerous.

Crows bewail the dead sheep and then eat them.

The cat that has got fire burns will never go near the kitchen.

Beware of the geese when the fox preaches.

Only the cure you believe in cures.

Learn about the future by looking at the past.

Neither does he expand in March nor does he get lean in April.

The wolf cried when the sheep got drenched in rain.

When a man, who never attended a festival, attends one, even the festival day becomes a common day.

He who hath done ill once will do it again.

The comforter’s head never aches.

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.

Even a broken pot might contain sugar.

Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.

Our shadow will follow us.

Tell the defect to get more quantity.

Don’t count on the chicken before they hatch.

Are there any words which can go against God’s words?

You can buy everything, except a father and a mother.

To entrust the sheep to the wolf.

Malice drinketh its own poison.

He that speaks me fair and loves me not, I’ll speak him fair and trust him not.

The dancer watched the east, the laborer watched the west.

As people go their own way, destiny goes with them.

When the sky opens up and rains, charity will be abundant.

When the tongue moves, the country moves.

Retribution follows a person from his own wickedness.

The more one has, the more one wants.

Use the small fish as bait to catch the bigger fish.

After every child your desire for children increases, after every penny saved your desire for money increases.

A honey tongue, a heart of gall.

Before you build a house you have to dig a pit.

Desire never stops, it increases even after satisfaction.

Weapon which is not polished gets rusted.

When the mother dies the father becomes an uncle.

He that praise publicly will slander privately.

You cannot justify a crime by saying its very small crime.

Even an elephant can slip.

It’s enjoyment till the marriage and its misery from then.

Our faults provide opportunities for others.

Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues.

IF you are buying a cow, make sure that the price of the tail is included.

During the harvest time a rat keeps five wives.

He who loves the truth has many enemies.

He swells not in prosperity, and shrinks not in adversity.

Even after boiling the milk hasn’t spilt out of the vessel.

If you have planted a tree you must water it too.

The olden age was never the present age.

Can you ask price for your ghee before buying buffalo?

One never loses by doing a good turn.

Sin is sin whether big or small.

Can you paint the outer wall neglecting the inner wall?

All women are good: good for something or good for nothing.

Countries that Tamils comprise

The Tamils, also known as the Tamilans, are a Dravidian ethnic group who speak Tamil as their mother tongue. Tamil people exhibit a variety of phenotypes depending on nativity and cultural formations, but are most commonly found to have Australoid phenotypes in genes, unique among other South Indian peoples who belong to the caucasoid race.Tamil people with a population of about 77 million living around the world are one of the largest and oldest of the existing ethno-linguistic cultural groups of people in the modern world to exist without a state of their own.Tamils comprise 24.87% of the population in Sri Lanka, 5.91% in India, 5.83% in Mauritius, 5% of the population in Singapore and 5.7% of the population in Malaysia. More of Tamil people from Wikipedia.

Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. Tamil is also an official and national language of Sri Lanka and one of the official languages of Singapore.

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