Czech Proverbs

“Anger is the only thing to put off until tomorrow.”

“What is called into a forest is the same what is echoed from the forest.”

“Anger is a bad advisor.”

“Better a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.”

“Don’t go to the pub without money.”


“May the Lord grant me a sword and no need to use it.”

“He who looks, finds.”

“When in need, you shall know a friend.”

“Avoid a drunkard as well as a fool.”

“Blessed is the man who has friends, but woe to him who needs them.”


“As one makes his bed, that way he shall lie down.”

“Do not always expect good to happen, but do not let evil take you by surprise.”

“He who is too curious shall grow old soon.”

“Forbidden fruit tastes best.”

“Laws without penalties are like bells without clappers.”


“Love is partner of blindness.”

“Beer makes beautiful bodies.”

“What’s at home counts.”

“There are no cakes without work.”

“Guest and fish stinks at third day.”


“It is usually dark below the candlestick.”

“Extol the virtue of water, but drink wine.”

“He who asks too much will learn too much.”

“As long as a language lives, the people will not perish.”

“The fish does not go after the hook, but after the bait.”


“Every cat is black at night.”

“The moon does not care if the dog barks at it.”

“Who goes for a day in the forest should take bread for a week.”

“If you want to hear the truth about yourself — offend your neighbor.”

“Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.”


“Don’t jump high in a room with a low ceiling.”

“When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.”

“The Germans in the stable, the Czech in the kitchen and the French in bed.”

“You will use in the old what you have learned young.”

“If you do good to the Devil, out of gratitude he will deliver you to hell.”

“The big thieves hang the little ones.”

“Cleanliness is half your health.”

“Doubts mean losing half of one’s case beforehand.”

“Politeness pleases even a cat.”

“Don’t extinguish something that does not burn you.”

“The fool never undertakes little.”

“Do not blow in the bear’s ear.”

“There is no smoke without fire.”

“The law has a nose of wax.”

“A good neighbor increases the value of your property.”

“When we are at our happiest, then it is best to leave and go home.”

“Better a lie which heals than a truth which wounds.”

“The first sin makes the bed for the second.”

“Still waters wash out banks.”

“It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.”

“Repetition is the mother of wisdom.”

“If the goat had a longer tail he could wipe the stars clean.”

“He who waits shall live to see.”

“Good advice is better than gold.”

“Better to have a handful of might than a sack of justice.”

“An early bird will hop farther.”

“Good memories last long, bad ones last longer.”

“Our parents taught us to speak and the world taught us to be silent.”

“Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.”

“He who cannot cut the bread evenly cannot get on well with people.”

“Measure twice, cut once.”

“He who saves shall have as much as three.”

“Morning rain and women’s tears dry as fast as each other.”

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

“Hope is a great breakfast but a poor dinner.”

“He who has not been given brains from above will not buy them at the apothecary.”

“Many a friend has been lost by a jest, but none has ever been got by one.”

“Nothing seems expensive on credit.”

“Patience brings roses.”

“There were once three brothers: a lie, theft and the gallows.”

“A fine beer may only be judged with one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”