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22 Most Beautiful Proverbs from Around the World

We may travel far and wide, but wisdom and wit will always ring true. These sayings from countries all over this beautiful world reveal important lessons and universal truths for us all.

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Proverb definition

What is a proverb? The proverb definition, according to Merriam-Webster, is "a brief popular epigram or maxim." Read on for these proverbs about life, proverbs about wisdom, and everything in between.

french proverbnicole fornabaio/

"Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it." —French proverb

This proverb about life, often attributed to French author Jules Renard, speaks to the wisdom of age and experience. It's taken from the original French: La vérité vaut bien qu'on passe quelques années sans la trouver. Don't miss these 21 other quotes that will lift you up.

russian proverb

"There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out." —Russian proverb

Ignorance isn't simply a lack of knowledge but a rejection of education. As long as we are open to finding out more, we will never stop learning.

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"Coffee and love taste best when hot." —Ethiopian proverb

So true: Passion and lattes are most delicious when piping hot! In need of a good laugh? Take a look at the 75 funniest quotes of all time.

english proverbnicole fornabaio/

"The pen is mightier than the sword." —English proverb

The power of the written word can change ideas, policies, and the world at large.

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"Fall seven times, stand up eight." —Japanese proverb

This Japanese proverb teaches us that perseverance is one of the most important virtues. There are lots of Japanese proverbs, but this one reminds us that hardly anyone succeeds on their first try or even their second—you just have to keep on keeping on!

italian proverbnicole fornabaio/

"If you can't live longer, live deeper." —Italian proverb

None of us can predict how long we will live, which is why it is so important to live each day with intention and purpose. Read on for 10 wise quotes to stop an argument in its tracks.

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"It takes a whole village to raise a child." —African proverb

Any parent knows there is no such thing as too much help when it comes to looking after children. And each person brings his or her own gifts and contributions to the effort.

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"Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows fall behind you." —Maori proverb

This proverb about wisdom promotes optimism and positive thinking. As we look forward toward brighter things, darkness literally recedes. Find out 12 surprising phrases you never realized came from the Bible.

english proverbnicole fornabaio/

"Some men go through a forest and see no firewood." —English proverb

Success depends on our perspective and our ingenuity. If we remain open to possibilities, we can make full use of the resources at our fingertips.

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