German ProverbsRating Mail
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Meaning - Like father, like son.
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The appetite comes at the eating
Meaning - Just do it. You will find out that it's fun while doing it.
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The dumbest farmer harvests the biggest potatoes.
Meaning - Dumb luck.
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The first impressions counts.
Note : Equivalent: First impression is the last impression.
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The fish stinks from the head.
Meaning - Corruption starts at the top.
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The healthy does not know how rich he is.
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The bone doesn't come to the dog, but the dog goes to the bone.
Meaning - You must pursue your dreams, they won't come to you.
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The eavesdropper at the wall hears only his own dishonor.
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Humans think, God directs. (or) Humans thought, God laughed.
Note : English equivalent: Man proposes, God disposes.
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Literally, German language, difficult language.
Meaning - German language is hard to learn
Note : General saying about the language.Used when someone (usually German himself) has just made an embarrassing German grammar mistake.
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The action has a mightier impact than the word.
Note : Similar: Actions speak louder than words.
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Strike the iron while it's hot. (or) Make hay while the sun shines.
Note : English equivalent: Strike while the iron is hot.
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The most stupid farmers harvest the biggest potatoes
Meaning - Dumb people are often very lucky.
Note : Equivalent: The sun shines on a dog's tail sometimes. from Sam Sneed, golfer.
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To buy a cat in a bag.
Meaning - To pay for something you haven't seen or you know nothing about.
Note : English equivalent: To buy a pig in a poke.
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To go through thick an thin (together or with XY).
Meaning - To stay together no matter what.
Note : Equivalent: They travelled through thick and thin.
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The last shirt has no pockets.
Meaning - Piling up money won't serve you anything once you're dead.
Note : Equivalent: Money isn't everything. (or) You can't take it with you.
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The blind man explains the colors to the one-eyed man.
Meaning - Somebody tries to explain something he knows nothing about.
Note : Similar equivalent: Blind leading the blind.
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Translation: Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Meaning - Someone with limited means can only be considered superior by people with even more limited means.
Note : Equivalent: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king.
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Simpleminded fucks well.
Meaning - Self-explanatory.
Note : Equivalent: Blonds have more fun.
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You fail to see the forest because of all the trees.
Meaning - You only see the details, but not the big picture.
Note : Equivalent: You can't see the wood for the trees. (or) You can't see the forest for the trees.
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Hurry with leisure.
Meaning - Slower is faster.
Note : Equivalent: Slow and steady wins the race. Haste makes waste. More haste, less speed.
English equivalent: Make haste slowly.
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Vanity is also an education.
Note : Explanation: It's a pun: Bildung - > education; einBILDUNG -> Vanity So "Einbildung" is also some kind of "Bildung".
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A blind chicken finds a grain once in a while.
Note : Equivalent: Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Meaning - Do not look for faults when something has been received as a gift.
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One hand washes the other.
Note : Equivalent: You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
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One swallow doesn't make summer.
Meaning - One spark of hope does not mean all is well
Note : Equivalent: A single swallow doth not the summer make
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Once is never.
Meaning - Used often as an excuse for trying something again after the first try or to make somebody prove him/herself again.(or)
A first time offence should be forgiven.
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Once is never, but twice is thrice.
Meaning - Something that happened once might as well never happened at all.
Note : It all rhymes in German.
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Once is never, but twice is once too often
Meaning - A first time offence should be forgiven, but a second one will have consequences.
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A disaster seldom comes alone.
Note : Equivalent 1: It never rains but it pours.
Equivalent 2: Bad luck comes in threes.
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A drop on a hot stone.
Meaning - Not enough to make a difference.
Note : English Equivalent: A drop in the sea. (or) A drop in the bucket.
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All's well that ends well.
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First think, then steer.
Meaning - Think before you act.
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First comes chow, then morals.
Meaning - A hungry man cannot afford a conscience.(or)
Higher ethics are not of much use to people whose basic needs are not met.

Note : Similar: It's a dog-eat-dog world.
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Not all that glitters is gold.
Meaning - Beware of superficial impression.
Note : Similar: You can't tell a book by its cover.
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A master has never yet fallen from the sky.
Meaning - No one is an expert rightaway without any practice.
Note : Similar: Practice makes perfect.
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It's pouring as if out of buckets.
Meaning - Describes heavy rain.
Note : Equivalent: It's bucketing it down. (or) It's raining cats and dogs.
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Nothing is eaten as hot as it is cooked.
Meaning - Maximum theoretical damage (like from laws, statues, future problem) is not standard in practice, you usually get cut some slack.
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It comes as it comes.
Note : English equivalent: What will be, will be.
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It went well everytime.
Meaning - Do not fear the future.
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Carrying owls to Athens.
Meaning - A pointless exercise/activity.
Note : Equivalent: To carry coals to Newcastle.
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In time of need, 1000 friends shrink to a lot (16.5 grams).
Meaning - In bad times you have very few friends.
Note : Equivalent: A friend in need is a friend indeed. (or) Remember man and keep in mind: A faithful friend is hard to find.
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The burned kid avoids the fire.
Note : Once bitten, twice shy.
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Like and like love to join.
Note : Birds of a feather flock together.
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Hopped just as jumped.
Meaning - Two solutions are basically equivalent.
Note : English equivalent: Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
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Learned is learned.
Meaning - If you really learned something you are good at it.(or)
If you really learned something you tend not to unlearn it.

Note : usually spoken in boasting mode.
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A present is a present - you'll go to hell if you are taking it back.
Meaning - Gifts are final. (Ironically, they are not always under German law.)
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"A matter of taste" says the monkey and bites into soap.
Meaning - Personal tastes differ.
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A good thing demands to take a while.
Meaning - It takes time to achieve good quality.
Note : English equivalent: Haste makes waste. (or) Rome wasn't built in a day.
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Good advice never comes too late.
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