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45+ Great Yiddish Proverbs & Sayings

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Famous Yiddish Proverbs

“If I dealt in candles, the sun wouldn’t set; if I dealt in shrouds, people would stop dying.”

“Once poor, never rich.”

“If the head doesn’t work it’s bad news for the legs.”

“May God protect you from goyisha hands and yiddishe tongues.”

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

“If you have nothing to lose, you can try anything.”

“If you lie on the ground, you can’t fall.”

“Love is blind; jealousy sees too much.”

“If you seek a reputation for wisdom, agree with everyone.”

“It is far easier to spot faults in another than virtues in oneself.”

“Life is the cheapest bargain–you get it for nothing.”

“It is the kindness and not the harshness in the headmaster’s voice that pushes tough boys to cry.”

“Love your neighbour, even if he plays the trombone.”

“Money is round, so it rolls away.”

“No man suffers from another’s sins–he has enough of his own.”

“One good deed has many claimants.”

“Rejoice not at your enemy’s fall, but don’t pick him up, either.”

“The girl who can’t dance says the band can’t play.”

“Some people are like new shoes–the cheaper they are, the louder they squeak!”

“The heaviest thing in the world is an empty pocket.”

“Spare us what we can learn to endure.”

“The whole world is a big town.”

“Treat me like a rabbi; watch me like a thief.”

“Understanding is something we’re sure the other fellow hasn’t got.”
“We have far greater compassion for another’s misfortune than our pleasure in another’s good fortune.”

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue.”


“You can’t force anyone to love you or lend you money.”

Impressive Yiddish Proverbs

“Your health comes first–you can always hang yourself later.”

“Confidence is half of the victory.”

“And If my grandmother had balls, she’d be my grandfather”
Note : (used to point out absurd assumptions)

“A dead man has mourned seven days; a fool, his lifetime.”

“A fool is his own informer.”

“God is an honest payer, but a very slow one.”

“A good friend you get for nothing, an enemy you have to buy.”

“A heavy purse makes a light heart.”

“A shlemiel lands on his back, and bruises his nose.”

“An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease.”

“The longer a blind man lives, the more he sees.”

“When one lives, one experiences. i.e With life comes experience.”

“God created a world full of small worlds.”

“No one sees his own hunchback. i.e No one sees his own faults.”

“God loves the poor and helps the rich.”

“Man plans, God laughs.”

“God will provide. If only God would provide until He provides!”

“Hope may give a man strength, but not sense”

“God made man because he loves stories.”

“A good enemy is better than a bad friend.”

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