Armenian ProverbsRating Mail
When the axe came to the forest, the trees said: "The handle is one of us."
Meaning - There is no one to blame but self in a given situation.
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While they are reading the Bible to the wolf, it says: hurry up, my flock is leaving.
Meaning - After giving advice on doing good to someone, s/he still hastens to do the bad.
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Whatever the eye sees, the heart won't forget.
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One idiot threw a stone in the well, forty wise people could not get it out.
Meaning - Being careless can cause such problems that many a mind cannot solve.
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Measure seven times, cut once.
Meaning - Think thoroughly before you act.
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You are as many a person as the languages you know.
Meaning - This proverb is to emphasize the importance of learning multiple languages.
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The back of the neighbor's bride is red.
Meaning - The grass is greener on the other side.
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S/he sees everyone with one eye.
Meaning - S/he sees/treats everyone equally.
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Fortune visits only once.
Meaning - Don't miss a good opportunity.
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Lamb in the spring, snow in the winter.
Meaning - Everything has its own time. [This is also a tongue-twister]
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Maybe s/he wanted to throw herself/himself in the well, would you follow?
Meaning - Don't follow others blindly.
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When the fox can't reach the grape, he says it's unripe.
Meaning - When one can't achieve something downplays it.
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Not every piece of wood will become a ladle, nor every mountain Masis (the higher peak of Ararat.)
Meaning - Not everyone is capable of achieving the same height.
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The world agrees in one word, time is golden.
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First think, then speak.
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She tells the sun: don't rise, I have come out.
Meaning - Used referring to someone's extreme beauty.
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The sun won't stay behind the cloud.
Meaning - The truth won't stay hidden and will come out.
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You have taken out the eye of the bazaar.
Meaning - You bought the worst stuff in the market.
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The river won't bring a log every time.
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If the village stands, it can break a trunk.
Meaning - Strength increases in unity.
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The thief stole from the thief, God looked on and got astonished.
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When you are asleep, your luck works out for you.
Meaning - Used when someone gets lucky when least expected.
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S/he tried to fix the eyebrow, ended up blinding the eye too.
Meaning - Used when someone tries to fix something minor, but causes a bigger problem.
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When you grow up you will forget it happened.
Meaning - Used in reference for emotional and physical pain(cuts, bumps, worry, concern, etc) in order to comfort the individual from that experience.
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I know many songs, but I cannot sing.
Meaning - I know the method something should be done, but I cannot actually do it.
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S/he hears it from this ear, and throws it out from the other.
Meaning - S/he doesn't follow advice.
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S/he is sleeping in donkey's ear.
Meaning - S/he doesn't listen to advice.
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It's sour, not tahn [an Armenian drink made of mainly yogurt and water], it's not for everyone.
Meaning - Hardships are not tolerable by just anyone; it takes someone with perseverence.
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What is the connection with Alexander's moustache?
Meaning - This is mentioned after one brings up something completely off-topic in a conversation.
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Whatever you sow, that's what you'll reap.
Meaning - You'll receive the consequence of your own actions.
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S/he is making fire under her/his own baghaj [a kind of pastry].
Meaning - Even though it may seem otherwise, s/he is bettering the situation for herself/himself.
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If not for your tongue, the crows would have gouged out your eyes.
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They make a camel out of a flea.
Meaning - They exaggerate a situation/action.
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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Meaning - The offspring usually incline to their parents' habits.
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The sly fox falls in the trap with both legs.
Meaning - Being sly/cunning to avoid a problem gets one in double trouble.
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Rice is not cooked with only words.
Meaning - Nothing can be done only with words.
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However much fruit a tree bears, it humbles its head that much more.
Meaning - The more wisdom one acquires, the more humble s/he becomes.
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[S/he] will take one to the water and bring him/her back thirsty.
Meaning - S/he is very cunning pesron.
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Out of laziness, s/he calls to the black donkey "bless me Lord".
Meaning - This proverb emphasizes the laziness of one [This is because an extremely lazy person would not raise her/his head to see who s/he is meeting, and could potentially confuse a black donkey with a priest, who wears black].
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S/he took the taste out of the smell.
Meaning - Enough is enough. Or: S/he overdid it.
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Uses the bride's ass to do a favor to the groom.
Meaning - Use someone to do a favor to another.
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The bride doesn't know how to dance, she says the floor is slanted.
Meaning - One blames her/his own incompetence on the circumstances.
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Bread and cheese, eat and dance.
Meaning - Be satisfied with whatever little you may have.
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S/he tells his/her ass: don't follow me, you stink.
Meaning - Used when someone is seeing himself/herself as better than anyone around him/her.
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If his/her ass wasn't attached, s/he would give that away too.
Meaning - Refers to someone's extreme generosity.
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A guest belongs to God.
Meaning - Show hospitality to your guests.
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An egg-thief will become a horse-thief.
Meaning - Great misdeeds start from small mistakes.
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You cannot escape from destiny.
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As if s/he has fallen from an elephant's nose.
Meaning - Refers to someone being a snob.
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Chicks ought to be counted in the fall.
Meaning - It is the end result that matters.
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