Bhutanese ProverbsRating Mail
Do not start your worldly life too late; do not start your religious life too early.
Note : Character/Morality
3.5
(14 Votes)
Don't put an easy tongue in an easy mouth. (said to an overly talkative person)
Note : Admonishment
4
(12 Votes)
Whatever joy you seek, it can be achieved by yourself; whatever misery you seek, it can be found by yourself.
Note : The human condition
3.5
(7 Votes)
Walking slowly, even the donkey will reach Lhasa. (given determination, even a dolt will eventually reach the goal)
Note : Humility/Determination
3
(7 Votes)
Where there is plenty of water, it rains; where there is abundant heat, the sun shines.
Note : The human condition
3
(5 Votes)
If the thought is good, (your) place and path are good; if the thought is bad, (your) place and path are bad.
Note : Character/Morality
2
(7 Votes)
To give happiness to another person gives such a great merit; it cannot even be carried by a horse.
Note : Character/Morality
1.5
(8 Votes)
Fun and pleasure are located below the navel; dispute and trouble are also located there.
Note : Human relations
3
(4 Votes)
If taken in excess, even mother's milk is poison. (Do not live a life of excess)
Note : Character/Morality
2.5
(4 Votes)
The arrow of the accomplished master will not be seen when it is released; only when it hits the target. (you don't see the process; only the result can be seen)
Note : Wisdom/Insight
3.5
(3 Votes)
You must first walk around a bit before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.
Note : Wisdom/Insight
2.5
(4 Votes)
The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes (character) of a person are on the inside. (character is not directly visible)
Note : Character/Morality
3.5
(2 Votes)
Clear the drain before it rains, . (Be prepared)
Note : Wisdom/Insight
2.5
(3 Votes)
If they don't exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another.
Note : Human relations
3
(2 Votes)
No death without reason.
Note : Wisdom/Insight
3
(2 Votes)
The Buddha once preached that you have to let the child laugh before he cries
Note : Wisdom/Insight
3
(2 Votes)
A trustworthy person steals one's heart.
Note : Character/Morality
5
(1 Votes)
On the battlefield, there is no distinction between upper and lower class.
Note : Human relations
2.5
(2 Votes)
Flattering words will not be spoken from the mouth of an affectionate person.
Note : Human relations
2.5
(2 Votes)
The nose didn't smell the rotting head. (one can't see one's own faults)
Note : Wisdom/Insight
2.5
(2 Votes)
A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy should be subdued while young.
Note : Wisdom/Insight
2.5
(2 Votes)
If there is no financial involvement between relatives, the relationship is harmonious.
Note : Human relations
2
(2 Votes)
The rain falls yonder, but the drops strike here. (indirect remarks hit the target).
Note : Human relations
3
(1 Votes)
The way the arrow hits the target is more essential than the way it is shot; the way you listen is more essential than the way you talk. (anyone can talk but understanding takes skill).
Note : Human relations
1.5
(2 Votes)
Never reveal all that you know to others: They might become shrewder than you.
Note : Human relations
1.5
(2 Votes)
If you tell the truth, people are not happy; if beaten with a stick, dogs are not happy.
Note : Human relations
1.5
(2 Votes)
One could not cross a bridge constructed by oneself. (whatever you do, do it properly, so it is of use).
Note : Wisdom/Insight
3
(1 Votes)
Words coming from far away are always half true, half false.
Note : Wisdom/Insight
2
(1 Votes)
When there are too many carpenters, the door cannot be erected.
Note : Human relations
1
(1 Votes)
In my homeland I possess one hundred horses, yet if I go, I go on foot.
Note : Humility/Determination
1
(1 Votes)
Consider the tune, not the voice; consider the words, not the tune; consider the meaning, not the words.
Note : Wisdom/Insight
1
(1 Votes)
Sausages and meat are not the same (Do not interfere where not needed)
Note : Human relations
0
(0 Votes)
To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person.
Note : Humility/Determination
0
(0 Votes)
If heat is applied to iron long enough it will melt; if cold is applied to water long enough it will freeze.
Note : Humility/Determination
0
(0 Votes)


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