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32 Dutch Proverbs to Ponder and Share

Welcome to our collection of Dutch Proverbs. We hope you enjoy pondering them and please share widely.


Who has no thirst has no business at the fountain.



When the calf is drowned, they cover the well.



After the sour comes the sweet.



He who slanders his neighbor makes a rod for his own back.



Live and let live.



Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm.



Good hunters track narrowly.



Honor once lost never returns.



Better poor with honor than rich with shame.



Better return half way than lose yourself.



Darkness and night are mothers of thought.



As you brew, so you shall bake.



Better squinting than blind.



When the pig has had a bellyful it upsets the trough.



If you pull one pig by the tail all the rest will squeal.



Roses fall, but the thorns remain.



Promises make debt, and debt makes promises.



The worse carpenter, the more the chips.



It is good spinning from another's yarn.



He that has a choice has trouble.



Froth is no beer.



The praise of fools is censure in disguise.



A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.



He that has the luck leads the bride to church.



Who ventures to lend loses money and friend.



Hunger eats through stone walls.



By labor, fire is got out of a stone.



A dog with a bone knows no friend.



In prosperity caution, in adversity patience.



The absent always bear the blame.



They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot.



He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.


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