Czech Proverbs

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Sayings of Czech origin

The way one eats is the way one works.

An early bird will hop farther.

Against the beastly human being even the gods are powerless.

Better a lie which heals than a truth which wounds.

Pride will have a fall.

When the cat is not home, the mice have a party.

Good memories last long, bad ones last longer.

Good advice is better than gold.

Patience brings roses.

A dog that barks doesn’t bite.

Even in the tiniest little chapel there are some prayers said once a year.

When we are at our happiest, then it is best to leave and go home.

The person who God shows a treasure to must dig it out himself.

Repetition is the mother of wisdom.

The Germans in the stable, the Czech in the kitchen and the French in bed.

Politeness pleases even a cat.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

You walk so long with a jar for water, until the handle breaks off.

The law has a nose of wax.

Warm food, warm friendships.

The big thieves hang the little ones.

He who is not lazy shall get much green.

A lazy mouth is a sheer disaster.

No church without a sermon.

Water is cheaper than medicine.

The wedding lasts for two or three days, but the trouble stays longer.

If a woman doesn’t know what she has to answer then the sea is dry.

Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.

What is called into a forest is the same what is echoed from the forest.

If you want to hear the truth about yourself — offend your neighbor.

Forbidden fruit tastes best.

You will use in the old what you have learned young.

Morning rain and women’s tears dry as fast as each other.

If you wake up in the morning and feel no pain it is to be feared that you died in the night.

Speaking is silver, silence is gold.

A crow sits next to a crow.

As long as a language lives, the people will not perish.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Choose your woman with a velvet glove, but control her with a fist of iron.

There are no cakes without work.

Consider each day of your life to be the best.

There’s a bit of truth in every gossip.

He who asks too much will learn too much.

A good neighbor increases the value of your property.

He who looks, finds.

A sweaty foot seldom comes alone.

The first sin makes the bed for the second.

Cleanliness is half your health

Joy and sorrow sleep in the same bed.

When you go to buy, use your eyes not your ears.

All roads lead to Rome.

There can be no judge without an accused.

God’s mills mill slowly, but surely.

The moon does not care if the dog barks at it.

If you buy things you don’t need, you are stealing from yourself.

Long tongue — short hands.

Better a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.

It is better not to begin than, having begun, leave unfinished.

You are so many times a human how many languages you know.

An apple does not fall far from the tree.

Even small fish are fish.

If you do good to the Devil, out of gratitude he will deliver you to hell.

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

A lie has short legs.

A word spoken is past recalling.

Our parents taught us to speak and the world taught us to be silent.

Nothing seems expensive on credit.

Everywhere is well, at home it’s best.

Guest and fish stinks at third day.

Hope is a great breakfast but a poor dinner.

He who waits shall live to see.

As one sows, so shall he reap.

Even in hell it is good to have friends.

He who doesn’t know the church worships the stove.

It is usually dark below the candlestick.

A custom wears a shirt of iron.

In a healthy body, a healthy spirit.

Better to have a handful of might than a sack of justice.

Wait for a month before you praise a horse, and for a year before you praise a woman.

The morning is wiser than the evening.

There is no point in showing the way to an old hare.

Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Anger is a bad advisor.

He who covets the belongings of someone else loses his own.

Early bird hops further.

Only in water can you learn to swim.

Do not buy with your ears but with your eyes.

A guest in your home is like a God in your home.

The blacksmith’s horse has no horseshoes.

The fool never undertakes little.

As one makes his bed, that way he shall lie down.

Don’t jump high in a room with a low ceiling.

He who gives is foolish, he who doesn’t accept is even more so.

Still waters wash out banks.

Extol the virtue of water, but drink wine.

Don’t be a lion in your own house.

Every cat is black at night.

He who looks only at heaven may easily break his nose on earth.

There is no wise response to a foolish remark.

He who has not been given brains from above will not buy them at the apothecary.

Doubts mean losing half of one’s case beforehand.

A crow will not peck out a crow’s eyes.

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

The world at large doesn’t lead to hell nor does the monastery lead to heaven.

You will get furthest with honesty.

He who comes sooner shall grind sooner.

Joyfulness is half your health.

What is soon ripe is soon rotten.

Gentlemen don’t want to give much and are ashamed to give little.

When the fool knows when to be silent, he would be sitting among the wise.

Don’t extinguish something that does not burn you.

The God who gave us teeth will also give us bread.

All rivers do their best for the sea.

I am a gentleman and you are a gentleman; who, then, should look after the pigs?

Avoid a drunkard as well as a fool.

If the goat had a longer tail he could wipe the stars clean.

Better late than never.

When a man is not a lover in his twenties, not strong in his thirties, not rich in his forties and not wise in his fifties he will never be so.

Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

When in need, you shall know a friend.

If a guest comes to your home, grab a stick.

A hundred times nothing killed the donkey.

Don’t go to the pub without money.

Wars are caused by women and priests.

Love is partner of blindness

Hunger is the best cook.

There were once three brothers: a lie, theft and the gallows.

Custom and law are sisters.

He who is curious shall grow old soon.

Many a friend has been lost by a jest, but none has ever been got by one.

Measure twice, cut once.

He who laughs last laughs best.

After a battle, everyone is a general.

He who digs a hole for someone, will fall in it himself.

No man has fallen from the sky learned.

All that glitters is not gold.

Beer makes beautiful bodies.

What’s at home, counts.

There’s no smoke without fire.

Do not blow in the bear’s ear.

Laws without punishment are like bells with no clackers.

Map of Czech with Czech flag

The Czech Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the northwest and west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fifteenth-largest city in the European Union.It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.24 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million.

Czech, formerly known as Bohemian, is a West Slavic language spoken by over 10 million people. It is the official language in the Czech Republic.

The lyrics of the national anthem of the Czech Republic:

Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among rocks,
The orchard is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!

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