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Don's Tagline Collection XI (2000)

A special thanks for contributors from the SCA Heralds, especially Alanna, for the following.

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart. - Persian

A closed mouth catches no flies. - Italian

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. - German

A courtyard common to all will be swept by none. - Chinese

A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master. - Russian

A drink precedes a story. - Irish

A drowning man is not troubled by rain. - Persian

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

A forest is in an acorn.

A friend's eye is a good mirror. - Irish

A good denial, the best point in law. - Irish

A healthy man is a successful man. - French

A hedge between keeps friendship green. - French

A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel. - Portuguese

A hungry man is an angry man. - English

A little too late, is much too late. - German

A loan though old is not a gift. - Hungarian

A lock is better than suspicion. - Irish

A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man. - Turkish

A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal. - Yiddish

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity. - Yiddish

A monkey never thinks her baby's ugly. - Haitian

A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners. - Irish

A penny saved is a penny gained. - Scottish

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands. - English

A silent mouth is melodious. - Irish

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. - Greek

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom. - Welsh

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars. - Yiddish

A teacher is better than two books. - German

A thief believes everybody steals.

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom. - Chinese

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. - French

A trade not properly learned is an enemy. - Irish

A tree falls the way it leans. - Bulgarian

A wise man hears one word and understands two. - Yiddish

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. - Chinese

Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill. - Danish

Advice should be viewed from behind. - Swedish

Advice when most needed is least heeded. - English

After shaking hands with a politician, count your fingers.

Age is honorable and youth is noble. - Irish

All things grow with time, except grief. - Yiddish

An angry man is not fit to pray. - Yiddish

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue. - Russian

And old rat is a brave rat. - French

Anger can be an expensive luxury. - Italian

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest. - Malabar

Anger without power is folly. - German

Appetite comes with eating. - French

As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy.

As the big hound is, so will the pup be. - Irish

As we live, so we learn. - Yiddish

Better give a penny then lend twenty. - Italian

Better no doctor at all than three. - Polish

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. - English

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. - Chinese

Better wear out shoes than sheets. - Scottish

Beware of a silent dog and still water. - German

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die. - Irish

Call on God, but row away from the rocks. - Indian

Children are poor men's riches. - English

Choose neither a woman nor linen by candlelight. - Italian

Climb mountains to see lowlands. - Chinese

Clouds gather before a storm.

Commit a sin twice and it will not seem a crime. - Jewish

Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse. - Japanese

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own. - Chinese

Death always comes too early or too late - English

Death closes all doors. - English

Death pays all debts. - English

Do not be born good or handsome, but be born lucky. - Russian

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings. - Indian

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

Do not rejoice at my grief, for when mine is old, yours will be new. - Spanish

Do not speak of secrets in a field that is full of little hills. - Hebrew

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. - Chinese

Don't imitate the fly before you have wings. - French

Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound. - Latin

Epigrams succeed where epics fail. - Persian

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Even a small thorn causes festering. - Irish

Every ass loves to hear himself bray.

Every cloud has a silver lining. - English

Every dog hath its day. - English

Every garden may have some weeds. - English

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough, but not baked in the same oven. - Yiddish

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another. - Italian

Everyone pushes a falling fence. - Chinese

Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree. - Ethiopian

Evil is sooner believed than good.

Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.

Fame is a magnifying glass. - English

Feather by feather the goose can be plucked. - French

Fine feathers make fine birds. - English

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies. - Spanish

Fortune is a woman; if you neglect her today do not expect to regain her tomorrow. - French

Fortune is blind, but not invisible. - French

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight. - English

Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom. - French

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever. - Chinese

Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it. - Italian

Give the devil his due. - English

Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth. - French

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. - Jewish

God gives the nuts, but he doesn't crack them. - German

God heals, and the physician takes the fee. - French

God help the rich, the poor can look after themselves. - English

Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat. - Chinese

Good advice is often annoying, bad advice never. - French

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst. - Irish

Good luck beats early rising. - Irish

Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another's. - Welsh

He is not wise that is not wise for himself. - English

He who can't endure the bad will not live to see the good. - Jewish

He who is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. - French - 14th century

He who is rich will not be called a fool. - Spanish

He who lives on hope will die fasting.

He who marries for money will earn it.

He who plants thorns must never expect to gather roses. - English

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them. - Chinese

He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you - Irish

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years. - Chinese

He who does not know one thing knows another. - Kenyan

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday. - Irish

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. - Arabian

He who has once burnt his mouth always blows his soup. - German

He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief. - German

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing. - Spanish

He who leaps high must take a long run. - Danish

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. - Chinese

He who serves two masters has to lie to one. - Portuguese

The maxims of men disclose their hearts.

He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom. - English

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave. - Chinese

Honesty is the best policy. - English

How many will listen to the truth when you tell them? - Yiddish

If a man be great, even his dog will wear a proud look. - Japanese

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me. - Italian

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

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

If rich people could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living. - Yiddish

If the patient dies, the doctor has killed him, but if he gets well, the saints have saved him. - Italian

If two men ride a horse, one must ride behind.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. - Chinese

If you believe everything you read, better not read. - Japanese

If you bow at all bow low. - Chinese

If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn. - Irish

If you love him, don't lend him. - Polish

If you take big paces you leave big spaces. - Burmese

If you want to be criticized, marry. - Irish

If you wish to die young, make your physician your heir. - Romanian

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. - Chinese

In a calm sea every man is a pilot. - Spanish

In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse. - Greek

In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek. - French

Instinct is stronger than upbringing. - Irish

It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself. - Irish

It is a bold mouse that nestles in the cat's ear. - English

It is a long road that has no turning. - Irish

It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody. - English - 18th century

It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It is better to be born a beggar than a fool. - Spanish

It is better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance. - Spanish

It is better to exist unknown to the law. - Irish

It is hard to pay for bread that has been eaten. - Danish

It is not a secret if it is known by three people. - Irish

It is not enough to run, one must start in time. - French

It is not fish until it is on the bank. - Irish

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats. - Russian

It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for. - Irish

It is the good horse that draws its own cart. - Irish

It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal. - Irish

It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while. - Irish

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. - Chinese

Keep a thing for seven years and you'll find a use for it. - Irish

Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs. - English

Lack of resource has hanged many a person. - Irish

Last ship, best ship. - English

Laws control the lesser man...Right conduct controls the greater one. - Chinese

Lend your money and lose your friend. - English

Let sleeping dogs lie. - English

Let your heart guide your head in evil matters. - Spanish

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it. - Indian

Life without a friend is death without a witness. - Spanish

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout. - Irish

Little pitchers have big ears.

Live with wolves, and you learn to howl. - Spanish

Look down if you would know how high you stand. - Yiddish

Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass. - French

Love your neighbors, but don't pull down the fence. - Chinese

Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret; they soon betray themselves. - Spanish

Luck has a slender anchorage. - English

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not. - Chinese

Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so. - Czech

Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting. - French

Mere words do not feed the friars. - Irish

More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown. - Spanish

Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat. - Irish

Necessity is the mother of invention. - Irish

Necessity knows no law. - Irish

Necessity never made a good bargain.

Need teaches a plan. - Irish

Never cut what can be untied. - Portuguese

Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper. - Scottish

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today. - English

Night is the mother of council. - Latin

No man limps because another is hurt. - Danish

No rose without a thorn, or a love without a rival. - Turkish

No time like the present. - English

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. - Chinese

Not intoxicate themselves; Not entice themselves. - Chinese

Nothing dries sooner than tears. - Latin

Nothing is as burdensome as a secret. - French

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

One beggar at the door is enough. - French

One cannot shoe a running horse. - Dutch

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. - English - 17th century

One flower will not make a garland. - French

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. - Chinese

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese

One of these day is none of these days. - English

One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune. - Swedish

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches - English

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. - French

Patience is poultice for all wounds. - Irish

Patience is the best medicine.

People live in each other's shelter. - Irish

Pigs might fly, but they are most unlikely birds.

Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks. - Russian

Poor men seek meat for their stomach, rich men stomach for their meat. - English

Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred. - Korean

Practice makes perfect. - English

Praise the young and they will blossom - Irish

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Public before private and country before family. - Chinese

Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat. - Irish

Quiet people are well able to look after themselves. - Irish

Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash off the spots. - Ashanti

Rats desert a sinking ship. - French

Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor. - French

Roasted pigeons will not fly into one's mouth. - Dutch

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. - English

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh. - Arabic

Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll outride the Devil. - German

Set a thief to catch a thief. - English

Silence was never written down. - Italian

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get. - Spanish

Sit a beggar at your table and he will soon put his feet on it. - Russian

Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool. - English

Small children give you headache; big children heartache. - Russian

Some people are masters of money, and some its slaves. - Russian

Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them. - English - 17th century

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. - Slovenian

Stars are not seen by sunshine. - Spanish

Sweet is the wine but sour is the payment. - Irish

Take heed of enemies reconciled, and of meat twice boiled. - English.

Take thy thoughts to bed with thee, for the morning is wiser than the evening. - Russian

Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear. - English

Tell me who you live with and I will tell you who you are. - Spanish

Tell the truth and shame the devil.

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. - Chinese

The best advice is found on the pillow. - Danish

The best thing about a man is his dog. - French

The big thieves hang the little ones. - Czech

The comforter's head never aches. - Italian

The darkest hour is that before the dawn. - English

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail. - Irish

The devil looks after his own.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. - Chinese

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play. - Yiddish

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

The great thieves lead away the little thieves. - French

The hole is more honorable than the patch. - Irish

The innkeeper loves the drunkard, but not for a son-in-law. - Yiddish

The jay bird don't rob his own nest. - West Indies

The light heart lives long. - Irish

The man who does not love a horse cannot love a woman. - Spanish

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out. - Chinese

The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot. - Irish

The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely. - Irish

The morning is wiser than the evening. - Russian

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down. - Japanese

The night rinses what the day has soaped. - Swiss

The raggy colt often makes a powerful horse. - Irish

The reverse side also has a reverse side. - Japanese

The right man comes at the right time. - Italian

The road to a friend's house is never long. - Danish

The sea has an enormous thirst and an insatiable appetite. - French

The silent dog is the first to bite. - German

The smallest thing outlives the human being. - Irish

The sun will set without thy assistance. - Hebrew

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. - French

The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe. - Russian

The tongue is sharper than the knife, but it kills without drawing blood. - Chinese

The truth is not always what we want to hear. - Yiddish

The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed. - Malay

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches. - Irish

The well fed does not understand the lean. - Irish

The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion. - Arabian

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher. - Chinese

The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet. - Persian

The wolf loses his teeth, but not his inclinations. - Spanish

The work praises the man. - Irish

The world is a rose: smell it and pass it on to your friends. - Persian

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey - Irish

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same. - Chinese

There are more old drunkards than old doctors. - French

There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing. - French.

There is but one good mother-in-law and she is dead. - English

There is honour even among thieves. - English

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave. - Irish

There is no fireside like your own fireside - Irish

There is no luck except where there is discipline. - Irish

There is no need like the lack of a friend. - Irish

There is no strength without unity. - Irish

There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel. - Russian

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip. - Greek

They who love most are least valued. - English

Think with the wise but walk with the vulgar. - German

Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness. - Irish

Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground. - Malay

Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst. - Irish

Three Heralds, four opinions.

Time is a great story teller. - Irish

Time trieth truth. - English

To be rich is not everything, but it certainly helps. - Yiddish

To deny all is to confess all. - Spanish

To leave is to die a little. - French

To lend is to buy a quarrel. - Indian

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming. - English - 18th century

To teach is to learn. - Japanese

To the ass, or the sow, their own offspring appears the fairest in creation. - Latin

To whom you tell your secrets, to him you resign your liberty. - Spanish

Tomorrow is a new day. - English

Tomorrow never comes.

Trouble rides a fast horse. - Italian

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel. - Old Muslim

Truth and oil always come to the surface. - Spanish

Truth has a handsome countenance but torn garments. - German

Truth is the safest lie. - Jewish

Two shorten the road. - Irish

Two thirds of the work is the semblance. - Irish

Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs. - Japanese

Visit your aunt, but not every day of the year. - Spanish

Walk straight, my son - as the old crab said to the young crab. - Irish

Want a thing long enough and you don't. - Chinese

War is death's feast.

We'll never know the worth of water till the well go dry. - Scottish

What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody. - Spanish

What breaks in a moment may take years to mend. - Swedish

What one knows it is sometimes useful to forget. - Latin

What you can not avoid, welcome. - Chinese

When a father helps a son, both smile; but when a son must help his father, both cry. - Jewish

Every beginning is weak. When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. - Irish

When fortune knocks upon the door, open it widely. - Spanish

When its time has arrived, the prey becomes the hunter. - Persian

When one dog barks, another will join it. - Latin

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. - Ethiopian

When the apple is ripe it will fall. - Irish

When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away. - English

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. - African

When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. - Chinese

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us. - Russian

When you live next to the cemetery you cannot weep for everyone. - Russian

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - Indian

Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth. - Irish

Where there is love there is pain. - Spanish

Where there's music there can be love. - French

While the cat's away, the mice can play.

Who begins too much accomplishes little. - German

Who knows most speaks least. - Spanish

Who lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas. - Latin

Wine divulges truth. - Irish

With foxes we must play the fox.

Without justice, courage is weak.

Curiosity is the mother of wisdom. - Greek

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day. - Sanscrit

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. - Irish

You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears. - Greek

You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

Young men may die, old men must. - English

Young wood makes a hot fire. - Greek

Your health comes first; you can always hang yourself later. - Yiddish

Your neighbor's apples are the sweetest. - Yiddish

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.

I don't clean house. That way if thieves break in, they think they've already been there.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task.

If we don't control our money, it will control us.

A tear shed can say more than a hundred words spoken.

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.

"Chocolate" and "moderation" should NEVER be used in the same sentence.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy and enough money to buy gifts.

Everyone leaves footprints in your memory, but the ones that leave footprints in your heart are the ones you will truly remember. - Nicholas Sperling

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. - Napolean Hill

Your child has started growing up when he stops asking you where he came from and starts refusing to tell you where he's going.

The best way to keep your kids out of hot water is to put some dishes in it.

If you want breakfast in bed, then start sleeping in the kitchen.

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. - Herbert Hoover

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. - Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855

How far you go in life is determined by how tender you are with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with those striving, and tolerant with the weak and strong, because some day in life you will have been all of them.

Alcohol preserves everything but dignity.

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