Yiddish Proverbs Sayings

He falsifies who renders a verse just as it looks.

The entire world rests on the tip of the tongue.

One hand washes the other.

All signs are misleading.

The eyes are the mirror of the soul.

A dog without teeth will also attack a bone.

When the light is crooked, the shadow is crooked.

A childs tear rends the heavens.

One person enjoys a piece of hard cheese, a second a spun out prayer chant, and a third a door to the street.

The whole world is a dream, and death the interpreter.

Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.

Don’t be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don’t be too bitter lest you be spewed out.

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

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

He who puts up with insult invites injury.

If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.

If you can’t go over, you must go under.

If you want your dreams to come true, don’t sleep.

A rich man has no need of character.

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

The wheel turns round.

Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant.

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.

It is not good to be alone, even in Paradise.

If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.

Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains.

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.

If we all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

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

Bygone troubles are good to tell.

A half-truth is a whole lie.

Bygone troubles are good to tell.

If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.

If you can’t bite, don’t show your teeth.

A snake deserves no pity.

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