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Arrogance comes before the fall.
Meaning - People tend to be arrogant until they fall.
Note : Equivalent: Pride cometh before the fall.
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If you have money, you need not bend.
Meaning - If you are rich, you need not bow.
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I only understand Trainstation.
Note : English equivalent: It's all Greek to me.
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Eat what's been well cooked, drink liquids which are clear, and speak what is true.
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During hardship, the devil eats flies.
Note : English equivalent: Beggars can't be choosers.
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In briefness lies the spice.
Meaning - Be concise; don't ramble.
Note : English equivalent: Brevity is the soul of wit - William Shakespeare.
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In hardship, the sausage is just as delicious without bread.
Meaning - Enjoy luxury as long as you have it. (or)
Silly saying either ironically loathing the taste of bread or those who prefer the sausage.
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In the night all cats are gray
Meaning - Human vision switches to monochrome mode in the dark.(or)
Used when explaining why you could not discern one thing from the other, either literally or as a metaphor.(Polite)

Note : If it is late enough and I am drunk enough I don't care what my one-night-stand looks like. (Vulgar)
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Jacket like pants.
Meaning - Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
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Every loony is different.
Meaning - Show some broad-mindedness.
Note : Used mainly in the Rheinland.
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Every jester likes his hat.
Meaning - Personal tastes differ.
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Don't worry about eggs that haven't been laid.
Meaning - Don't cross your bridges until you come to them.
Note : English proverb: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
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If time comes, advice comes.
Meaning - With time comes insight.
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If the cock crows on the dung heap, the weather will change or stay the way it is.
Meaning - Do not rely upon proverbs! or The opinion of loud but insignificant people has no influence on the world. (or)
Satirizing bad science or old wives' tales.

Note : This Proverb is also in Romanian.
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Sweep the ground in front of your own door.
Meaning - Don't mess with other peoples business, better take care of your own.
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Clothes make the man.
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The mouthes of children proclaim the truth.
Note : Similar: From the mouths of babes.
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It's indeed hard to talk cleverly, still harder to be silent cleverly
Meaning - Know when to keep your mouth shut.
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Achieve something by whatever it will cost
Note : Similar: Come hell or high water.
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One cow moos, many cows make work.
Note : Explanation: It's a pun: "macht Muh" is the german equivalent to "makes a sound".
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To live like God in France.
Note : English equivalent: To live the life of Riley. (or) To live in clover.
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To have a corpse in the basement.
Note : English equivalent: Skeletons in the closet.
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Easier said than done.
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Better an end with pain than pain without end. or Better an end with horror than a horror without end.
Meaning - Cut your losses.
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Lies have short legs
Meaning - All lies come back to haunt you.
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Better to lick the knife than to give up the spoon.
Meaning - It is preferable to face adversity than to die.
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One shouldn't sell the bear's fur before it has been killed.
Meaning - Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
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One shouldn't praise the day before the evening.
Meaning - Dont celebrate until you are 100% sure there is a reason to.
Note : Example: If you lead a race, start to be happy when you crossed the finishline - not before.
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With the wolves one must howl.
Note : Similar: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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With such friends, one doesn't need enemies anymore.
Meaning - Said if people considered to be friend behave in reality as the worst enemies.
Note : English Proverb: With friends like these, who needs enemies?
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Tomorrow, but not today, is what lazy people say.
Meaning - If you postpone something, you are lazy. Said usually to tease someone.
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Morning hour has gold in the mouth.
Meaning - The early bird gets the worm.
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Hitting the bag, aiming at the donkey.
Meaning - To punish someone for someone else's mistake.
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"You are what you eat." or "One is what one eats."
Note : In German this is a pun: Man (one) ist (is), was (what) man (one) isst (eats).
English Proverb: You are what you eat.
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With patience and spit it will go.
Meaning - Make haste slowly.
Note : Originates from the fiddling of a needle: spit on the loose end and take your time, or you'll have to try it several times.
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With patience and spit one gets the midge (gnat/mosquito).
Meaning - Like the original proverb, just put into a rhyme (and to get a midge you better are patient).
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Tomorrow, tomorrow, just not today, all the lazy people say.
Meaning - Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
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One must strike while the iron is hot.
Meaning - You have to take advantage of immediate opportunities.
Note : English equivalent: Strike while the iron is hot.
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New brooms clean well...
Meaning - New things may look good on the first glimpse...
Note : A change may be an improvement...
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...but the old one knows the corners.
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...but the old one knows where to find the dirt.
Meaning - ...but old things can still be better on the second look.
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Only dead fish swim with the stream
Meaning - People who do not possess willpower and individuality will simply follow the majority, doing what everyone else does, without thinking.
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No diligence, no prize.
Note : Equivalent: No pain, no gain. (or) No sweet without sweat.
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No money, no party.
Note : Equivalent: No mon(ey), no fun.In German,"Knete" is a colloquial form for money.
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Paper is patient.
Meaning - This writing isn't true.,Paper will listen when people won't. Write a diary. (or)
Nobody reads what's on paper. Go and complain in person.

Note : English equivalent: Paper doesn't blush.
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Trying is worth more than studying.
Note : English equivalent: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
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Don't talk operas.
Meaning - Say it short.
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Talking is Silver, Silence is Gold
Note : English Proverb: Talk is cheap, silence is golden.
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[Jump] into the potatoes, [jump] out of the potatoes.
Note : English equivalent: To chop and change. (or) To blow hot and cold.
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Rome wasn't built in a day.
Meaning - If you aim high, allow time.
Note : Usually an excuse for being slow.
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