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By Stephen Arnott

Peculiar Proverbs is a hilarious and enlightening choice of real proverbs from world wide that ignores the sayings we're all acquainted with and makes a speciality of the more obscure. a few are deft, witty, and colourful, others are only simple bizarre, yet they're all fascinating.

The proverbs are grouped in themes starting from paintings (or purposes now not to), relatives lifestyles, love, foodstuff, age, faith, funds, and plenty of extra. Humor and knowledge characterize these extraordinary and quirky sayings, and they reveal a lot approximately their international locations of foundation, and many approximately human nature.

Peculiar Proverbs comprises sayings you won’t locate in the other assortment, occasionally so surreal they defy you to decipher them, delivering hours of leisure. take into accout: The guy who tickles himself can chuckle while he chooses.

*Dogs and impolite humans haven't any palms (Italy)

*God shield us from pitchforks, for they make 3 holes (Switzerland)

*It isn't worthwhile for monks to marry so long as peasants have other halves (Germany)

*A better half's mother, just like the yucca tree, turns out to be useful underground (Cuba)

*Better the gurgling of a camel than the prayers of a fish (Egypt)

*Give a puppy an appetizing identify, and devour him (China)

*There are strong humans: one in all them is useless, and the opposite one was once now not born (Estonia)

*Mediocrity is mountaineering a molehill with out sweating (Iceland)

*You can't drink water, it's not vodka (Russia)

*A cow pat is wider while trodden on (Ireland)

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SPANISH Three things cross the road to avoid: a falling tree, your chief and second wife whispering in agreement, and a goat wearing a leopard’s tail. CHINESE 40 He’s awful big behind the door. SCOTTISH 41 41 PECULIAR PROVERBS Even mice may bite dead cats. GERMAN A fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak. ITALIAN The egg that stops with its master does not get broken. ETHIOPIAN The lame duck should avoid the ploughed field. CHINESE 42 WORK (AND REASONS NOT TO) Is hard work all it’s cracked up to be?

BOHEMIAN 64 THE TRUTH – AND NOTHING BUT... You cannot handle honey without licking your fingers. SLOVENIAN Lying a little and stealing a little will get you nicely through the world. ESTONIAN There is no stranger who isn’t well born, nor old man who wasn’t brave. SPANISH God, what things a man sees when he goes out without a gun!

COLOMBIAN 63 PECULIAR PROVERBS What everybody says must be true. IRISH To tell the truth is dangerous; to listen to it is annoying. DANISH What smoke is to the eyes, and vinegar is to the teeth, is truth to the ears. GERMAN Better a lie that heals than a truth that wounds. BOHEMIAN 64 THE TRUTH – AND NOTHING BUT... You cannot handle honey without licking your fingers. SLOVENIAN Lying a little and stealing a little will get you nicely through the world. ESTONIAN There is no stranger who isn’t well born, nor old man who wasn’t brave.

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