Thai Proverbs

Saying of Thai origin

  • You should always prefer wind to water.
  • Wrapped within rags might be gold
  • Work is the source of all good.
  • With one stump you can’t make a good fire.
  • Who is timid in the woods boasts at home.
  • When a dog bites you, do not bite back.
  • Walls have ears, doors have eyes.
  • Wait until the tree has fallen before you jump over it.
  • Put gold leaf on the back of a Buddha statue.
  • To a man wine is like water is to the boat; it can carry him or guzzle him up.
  • There is no other happiness but peace.
  • There are no secrets in the world.
  • The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words do.
  • The store of rice in your attic is your enemy — it makes them who have none very jealous.
  • The heart of a woman is as capricious as a drop of water on a lotus leaf.
  • The dead will go to the village where the rooster doesn’t crow.
  • The bird leaves no trail.
  • Ten tongues that spread the word are worth less than two eyes that have seen, and two eyes that have seen are worth less than one hand that feels.
  • Talk to a priest and die a thousand deaths.
  • Slow fires will smolder for a long time.
  • Run away from a tiger and face a crocodile.
  • Ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper.
  • Preventive measure is better than curative measure.
  • One can compete in a boat or raft race, but one cannot compete in the race of merit and destiny.
  • On the way out, the road is rough; returning, it is smooth.
  • Love the older sister, but yearn for the younger sister.
  • Love me, love my dog.
  • Little is spent with difficulty, much with ease.
  • Life is so short we must move very slowly.
  • In a town where people wink, you must also wink.
  • If you are going into the wood — don’t leave your axe at home.
  • Gold that falls to earth never dims.
  • Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find.
  • Don’t spoil a cool place under the hospitable tree.
  • Don’t spill blood until the raven has flown over.
  • Don’t help the elephant to carry his tusks.
  • Don’t borrow someone else’s nose to breathe with.
  • Don’t pull out your intestines to feed the crow.
  • Don’t eat fruits before they are ripe.
  • Dance poorly and blame the oboe and the drum.
  • Bald people can always find a comb.
  • At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.
  • All sorts of mind.
  • A virtuous person sleeps well.
  • A rabbit aims for the moon.
  • A husband loves the charm of the ladles tip until dying.
  • A centipede will not stop for a cripple.

The Kingdom of Thailand

Thai Proverbs

Thailand,  formerly known as Siam, is a country located at the center of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.

The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed a King titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of religions.

Thai, or more precisely Siamese or Central Thai,is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people and Thai Chinese, Thailand’s dominant ethnic group. Thai is a member of the Tai group of the Tai–Kadai language family. Over half of the words in Thai are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit and Old Khmer. It is a tonal and analytic language. Thai also has a complex orthography and relational markers.  (Source)

“Phleng Chat Thai” is  the title of Thailand National Anthem of Thailand.


Thailand unites flesh and blood of Thais,
Nation of the people; belonging to the Thais in every respect.
Long maintained [has been] the independence,
Because the Thais seek, and love, unity.
Thais are peace-loving, But at war we’re no cowards.
Sovereignty will not be threatened.
They will sacrifice every drop of their blood to contribute to the nation,
Hail the nation of Thailand, long last the victory, Hurrah.

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