Jewish Proverb, Ancient Jewish Proverbs, Quotations and Sayings

A collection of some ancient and famous Jewish proverbs and sayings.

A mother understands what a child does not say. ~Jewish Proverb

If there is bitterness in the heart, sugar in the mouth won’t make life sweeter. ~Jewish Proverb

You can’t force anyone to love you or lend you money. ~Jewish Proverb

What one has, one doesn’t want, and what one wants, one doesn’t have. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don’t be bitter, lest you be spewed out. ~Jewish Proverb

A half-truth is a whole lie. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t sell the sun to buy a candle. ~Jewish Proverb

Pride joined with many virtues chokes them all. ~Jewish Proverb

The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown. ~Jewish Proverb

As you teach, you learn. ~Jewish Proverb

Beware of the person who gives you advice according to his own interests. ~Jewish Proverb

Only love gives us the taste of eternity. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t live in a town where there are no doctors. ~Jewish Proverb

When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage. ~Jewish Proverb

A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return. ~Jewish Proverb

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth. ~Jewish Proverb

Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house. ~Jewish Proverb

He who prays for his neighbor will be heard for himself. ~Jewish Proverb

Not to have felt pain is not to have been human. ~Jewish Proverb

If the rich could hire the poor to die for them, the poor would make a very nice living. ~Jewish Proverb

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows. ~Jewish Proverb

He that can’t endure the bad, will not live to see the good. ~Jewish Proverb

First mend yourself, and then mend others. ~Jewish Proverb

Anyone who teases you loves you. ~Jewish Proverb

Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds. ~Jewish Proverb

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~Jewish Proverb

Prepare your proof before you argue. ~Jewish Proverb

A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing. ~Jewish Proverb

A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved but when he becomes a master. ~Jewish Proverb

Among those who stand, do not sit; among those who sit, do not stand. Among those who laugh, do not weep; among those who weep, do not laugh. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t make a fence more expensive or more important than what it is fencing. ~Jewish Proverb

Teach your tongue to say “I don’t know” instead of to make up something. ~Jewish Proverb

The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to no one. ~Jewish Proverb

Don’t trust someone who tells you all of his troubles and keeps you from all of his joys. ~Jewish Proverb

Even the most expensive clock still shows sixty minutes in every hour. ~Jewish Proverb

God is closest to those with broken hearts. ~Jewish Proverb

Make sure to be in with your equals if you’re going to fall out with your superiors. ~Jewish Proverb

Hospitality is one form of worship. ~Jewish Proverb

I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes — until I met a man who had no feet. ~Jewish Proverb

Let your ears hear what your mouth says. ~Jewish Proverb

If not for fear, sin would be sweet. ~Jewish Proverb

If you don’t aspire to great things, you won’t attain small things. ~Jewish Proverb

Sympathy doesn’t provide food, but it makes hunger more endurable. ~Jewish Proverb

If you lie on the ground, you cannot fall. ~Jewish Proverb

Locks keep out only the honest. ~Jewish Proverb

When con men meet a legitimately honest man, they are so bewildered that they consider him a greater con man than themselves. ~Jewish Proverb

The rich man carries God in his pocket, the poor man in his heart. ~Jewish Proverb

Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family. ~Jewish Proverb

The righteous say little and do much. ~Jewish Proverb

Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. ~Jewish Proverb

No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. ~Jewish Proverb

One mother achieves more than a hundred teachers. ~Jewish Proverb

People make plans and God laughs. ~Jewish Proverb

Pride is the mask of one’s own faults. ~Jewish Proverb

The person who only accepts friends without faults will never have any real friends. ~Jewish Proverb

Truth is the safest lie. ~Jewish Proverb

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. ~Jewish Proverb

When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby. ~Jewish Proverb

When two divorced people marry, four people get into bed. ~Jewish Proverb

When you open a door, don’t forget to close it. Treat your mouth accordingly. ~Jewish Proverb

Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. ~Jewish Proverb

Your friend has a friend, and your friend’s friend has another friend — so know when to keep quiet. ~Jewish Proverb

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