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(If) there's life, then there's the world.
Meaning - Only if you are alive, things matter.
Note : Source: Viharilala Mitra (1998). The Yoga-Vasitha of Valmiki. Parimal Publications. p. 294.
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One's mother and homeland are greater than even heaven.
Note : Source: Ramayana (when Ravana's brother Bibhisan asks Rama to take charge of Lanka after defeating Ravana, Rama says the above words, indicating his willingess to return to his own kingdom)
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What does a monkey know of the taste of ginger?
Meaning - Someone who can't understand can't appreciate (or) Someone without refined tastes cannot appreciate a fine thing
Note : English equivalent: Laying pearls before swine.
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A single blow of a blacksmith is equal to a hundred blows of a goldsmith.
Meaning - Generally used to demonstrate the power of a strong person to a weak one.
Note : Source: John Christian (1891). Behar proverbs. K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & co., limited. p. 131.
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Who saw a peacock dance in the woods?
Meaning - Even a very good thing will have to be made public, to be acclaimed by people.
Note : Source: India Today Volume 25. Thomson Living Media India Ltd.. 2000. p. viii.
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Whoever owns the lathi (a huge cane/stick) owns the buffalo
Note : English equivalent: Might is right
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Beware of the insider, for he can bring down the biggest setup
Meaning - The insider who knows all the secrets can bring down Lanka (a very prosperous city in Hindu mythology)
Note : Source: Sanjay Chadha (2004). Mantras Of Success.
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What is the use of crying when the birds ate the whole farm? (or) There is no use crying over something that has already finished/happened.
Note : Source: Shyam Bahadur Varma, ed (2006). Encyclopaedia of Quotations. Prabhat Prakashan. p. 96.
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