Breton Proverbs

Sayings of Brittany origin

There is no household without domestic fight.

Pity without help does little good.

He who gets the grace of the women is neither hungry nor thirsty.

No saint was ever popular in his own parish.

Fire with seasoned wood and work with flexible people are easy.

Inside a well-nourished body, the soul remains longer.

Five minutes of health comfort the ill one.

There is no winter for who has remained in his mother’s womb.

Sorrow, nobody dies about it.

Who follows his head follows the head of an ass.

It is easier for the son to ask from the father than for the father to ask from the son.

Who loves cats has a beautiful wife.

The drunk ones will sober up, but the mad ones will not clever up.

Desire of God and desire of man are two different things.

Someone else’s pain is easy to carry.

The dog does not catch further that its leash.

Whose end of tongue is sharp, the edge of his head must be hard.

Flesh of man – mends itself.

He who always wants the last word, ends up talking to himself.

Not need to know French to ask to sleep outside.

Patient without any pain, the dog is lame when it wants to.

To be poor is not a sin, it’s better to avoid it anyway.

It is better to bear your cross than to drag it.

The more cowherds there are, the worse the cows are looked after.

Sleep is half of Health.

Once you are tired, you still can go far.

To make a poor man poorer is not easy.

When the poor man is buried, the large bell of the parish is silent.

My son, too old is the Earth don’t make fun of it

Earth is old, but it is not mad.

You cannot ring the bell and walk in the procession.

You don’t throw the casket in the fire just because you have lost the key.

The affection of a child is like water in a sieve.

Any new saint-to-be has his miracles to make.

God’s goal will be achieved when everyone is content with himself.

A spared body only goes twenty-four hours further that another             .

No matter how treacherous is the sea, a woman will always be more so.

The young one always knows faster in the dark.

Who can master his thirst can master his health.

Many people- bad assistance.

It is more becoming to have a large nose than two small ones.

The one who does not make you happy when he arrives makes you happy when he leaves.

As long as there will remain two men on Earth, Jealousy will reign.

Wait for the night before saying that the day has been beautiful.

Complete idiot who can keep silent is similar to a wise man.

Half-carried – a well-built load.

The one who does not risk anything does not gain nor lose.

Don’t sell eggs in the bottom of hens.

We will stay longer dead than poor.

There is no man nor thing without his defect, and often they have two or three of them.

God knows what will happen to women who drink wine, girls that speak old languages, and suns that set too early.

To endure is obligatory, but to like is not.

Good remains are nice to have.

A handful of love is better than an oven full of bread.

At night one takes eels, it is worth waiting sometimes.

Breton Proverbs

The Bretons are an ethnic group located in the region of Brittany in France. They trace much of their heritage to groups of Brittonic speakers who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain including Cornwall to avoid invading Germanic tribes. They also descend from the Gauls and in some parts from Vikings. They migrated in waves from the 3rd to 9th century (most heavily from 450 to 600) into the Armorican peninsula, which was subsequently named Brittany after them.

The main traditional language of Brittany is Breton (Brezhoneg), spoken in Lower Brittany. Today, Breton is spoken by approximately 365,000 people, of whom about 240,000 speak it fluently.Another minority language of Brittany is Gallo; Gallo is spoken only in Upper Brittany, where Breton has never been strong. As one of the Brythonic languages, Breton is related closely to Cornish and more distantly to Welsh, while the Gallo language is a Romance language of the langue d’oïl group. Currently, most Bretons’ native language is standard French. More on the Bretons from Wikipedia.

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