German Proverbs – A cat is a lion to mouse

A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
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A cat is a lion to mouse.
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A hedge between keeps friendship green.
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A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
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A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
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A fence lasts three years, a dog lasts three fences, a horse lasts three dogs, and a man lasts three horses.
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Nobody is too old to learn.
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Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
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Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
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A good book praises itself.
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When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
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Age does not protect from foolishness.
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A hug a day keeps the demons at bay.
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He who cannot doubt, is a stupid man.
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A poor person isn’t he who has little, but he who needs a lot.
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He who prizes little things is worthy of great ones.
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A teacher is better than two books
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Happy is the one who forgets that which cannot be changed
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He who teaches a boy teaches three: a youth, a young man, and an old man.
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Money alone doesn’t make one happy.
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He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy.
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He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind.
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He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.
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Advising is easier than helping.
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As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived.
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Age counsels, youth acts.
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Attack is the best defense.
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He who teaches children learns more than they do.
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All beginning is difficult.
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At a round table, every seat is the head place.
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An example from the monkey: the higher it climbs, the more you see of its behind.
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Nothing is as new as something which has been long forgotten.
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There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so.
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Old birds are hard to pluck.
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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree trunk.
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One bad apple spoils the bunch.
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Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.
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One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
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An old man loved is a winter with flowers.
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Frugality keeps the house.
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Anger without power is folly.
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First food, then moral.
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Be silent, or say something better than silence.
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Green Christmas, white Easter.
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He who wants to warm himself in old age must build a fireplace in his youth.
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Hunger is the best cook.
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It is better to trust the eyes rather than the ears.
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If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help.
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Better an honest enemy than a false friend..
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From hurts and harms one becomes wise(r).
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Charity sees the need, not the cause.
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Envy eats nothing but its own heart.
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It’s fear that brings about idolatry.
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Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
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Coffee and love are best when they are hot.
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God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.
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Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses.
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God gives, but man must open his hand.
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God’s mill goes slowly but grinds fine.
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If you have a good friend, you don’t need a mirror.
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It’s not that age brings childhood back again, Age merely shows what children we remain.
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It’s the whole, not the detail, that matters.
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Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors.
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It’s not healthy to swallow books without chewing.
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Loquacity and lying are cousins.
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Love grows with the square of the distance.
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Money lent to a friend must be recovered from an enemy.
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Never give advice unasked.
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Never hurt an animal for the fun of it, for it can feel pain like you.
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The eyes believe themselves the ears believe other people.
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No answer is also an answer.
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People show their character by what they laugh at.
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Show me who you are friends with, and I will tell you who you are. A man is known by the friends he keeps.
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The only real equality is in the cemetery.
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Silence is a fence around wisdom.
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Proverbs are like butterflies; some are caught and some fly away.
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Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
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No one is luckier than him who believes in his luck.
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Love your neighbor, but don’t tear down your fence.
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The devil is in the details.
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Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.
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The old forget, the young don’t know.
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The greatest step is out the door.
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Those who don’t pick roses in summer won’t pick them in winter either.
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The more laws the less justice.
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Who rides slow, must saddle betimes.
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Where there are no swamps there are no frogs.
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Whose bread I eat his song I sing.
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Who begins too much accomplishes little.
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You can do anything with children if only you play with them.
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The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.
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The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.
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This will pass as well.
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There is no better gambling than not to gamble.
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To remain young while growing old is the highest blessing.
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To change and to change for the better are two different things.
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Those who get lost on the way to school will never find their way through life.
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To change and to improve are two different things.
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What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can.
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To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog.
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What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse.
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When a man is happy, he does not hear the clock strike.
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Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.
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When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.
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When I rest, I rust.
Source: German

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