Proverb Definitions

Quotations about Proverbs

If you want to follow some good steps, it would Proverbs, all over. ~ Pedro Martinez (Dominican-American Baseball player)

There is no proverb which is not true. ~ Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616 Spanish Novelist)

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. ~ German Proverb

A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom. ~ Lord John Russell (American Actor, 1921-1991)

Patch grief with proverbs. ~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet)

Proverbs are the lamp of speech. ~ Arabic Proverb

A proverb is good sense brought to a point. ~ John Morley (1838-1923, British Journalist)

Much matter decocted into few words. ~ Thomas Fuller (1608-1661 English Churchman)

Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations. ~ James Mackintosh (1765-1832 Scottish Politician)

The maxims of men reveal their characters. ~ Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues (1715-1747 French Writer)

There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems. ~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author)

Proverbs can be applied to get what you want. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

Proverbs are the people’s wisdom. ~ Russian Proverb

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. ~ Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish Novelist)

The study of proverbs may be more instructive and comprehensive than the most elaborate scheme of philosophy. ~ William Motherwell (1797-1835 Scottish Poet)

Short sentences drawn from a long experience. ~ Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616 Spanish Novelist)

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. ~ Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British Philosopher)

Which form of proverb do you prefer Better late than never, or Better never than late? ~ Lewis Carroll (1832-1898 English writer)

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. ~ George Santayana (1863-1952 Spanish Philosopher)

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. ~ William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905 American Author)

The proverbs of a nation, furnish the index to its spirit, and the results of its civilization. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881 American Novelist)

Proverbs like the sacred books of each nation are the sanctuary of the intuitions. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882 American Essayist)

The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them. ~ Isaac D’Israeli (1766-1848 British Writer)

Proverbs generalize the verdicts of the world. ~ Drew Sirtors

Time is money says the proverb, but turn it around and you get a precious truth. Money is time. ~ George Robert Gissing (1857-1903 English novelist)

A proverb is much matter distilled into few words. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American Inventor)

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. ~ Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British Author)

The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded. ~ William Gilmore Simms ((1806-1870 American Poet)

Proverbs are somewhat analogous to those medical formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready made up in the chemists’ shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct prescription. ~ Archbishop Richard Whately (1787-1863 English Rhetorician)

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed. ~ Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British Diplomat )

The foolish sayings of a rich man pass for wise ones. ~ Spanish Proverb

For proverbs are the pith, the proprieties, the proofs, the purities, the elegancies, as the commonest so the commendablest phrases of a language. To use them is a grace, to understand them a good. ~ John Florio (c.1553-1625, British Author )

A proverb is not a proverb to you until life has illustrated it. ~ John Keats (1795-1821, British Poet)

I believe there’s no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences. ~ Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish Novelist)

The proverbial wisdom of the populace in the streets, on the roads, and in the markets, instructs the ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously. ~ Author Unknown

Proverbs are for the most part rules of moral or, still more properly, of prudential. ~ Dorothea Brande (1893-1948 American Writer)

Proverbs embody the current and practical philosophy of an age or nation. ~ William Fleming (1729-1795 Former United States Senator)

The proverb is something musty. ~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet)

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra(1547-1616)

How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873 English novelist)

Sense, shortness, and salt. ~ James Howell (1594-1666 Anglo-Welsh Historian and Writer)

A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one. ~ Lord John Russell (American Actor, 1921-1991)

When an occasion arises, there is a proverb to suit it. ~ William R. Alger (1822-1905, American Writer)

Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you’ve watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you. ~ Nicholson Baker (1957-, American Author)

A proverb is the child of experience. ~ English Proverb

If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory. ~ Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586 Irish Politician)

A short saying often contains much wisdom. ~ Sophocles (406 BC Greek Tragedian)