Friday, May 21, 2010

Yiddish proverbs - in adversity

The wheel turns round.
Confidence is half of victory.
If you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm.
He that cannot endure the bad, will not live to see the good.
If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are.
If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.
When one must, one can.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
Trouble does not come alone.
Trouble is to man what rust is to iron.
Worries go down better with soup.
Fleas are not lobsters.
Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow.
The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.
Tomorrow your horse may be lame.
You can't measure the whole world with your own yardstick.
Do not throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Do not throw a stone into a well from which you have drunk.
Do not spit into the well - you might drink from it later.
If a link is broken, the whole chain breaks.
If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
If you do not want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.
Time is the best doctor.
The glaciers did not freeze overnight.
With time, even a bear can learn to dance.
You can throw a cat wherever you want, it always falls on its feet.
If each one sweeps before his own door, the whole street is clean.
If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
Sleep faster, we need the pillows.
Uphill one climbs slowly, downhill one rolls fast.
Had you gotten up early, you would not have needed to stay up late.
Provide for the worst; the best can take care of itself.
Bygone troubles are good to tell.

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Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)
Kiyomizudera Temple has a large veranda looking out over Kyoto and beyond