Filipino proverbs

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Proverbs from all Filipino speaking parts of the world.

  • Habang may buhay, may pag-asa.
    • Meaning: As long as there is still life, there still lies hope.
    • نجم (2005). كلامجرايد. كتبعربية. p. 178. 
  • Kapag may usok, may apoy.
    • Translation and English equivalent: When there's smoke, there's fire.
    • Meaning: "There is no effect without some cause. or It is supposed that if there is a rumour, there must be some truth behind it."
    • Source for meaning of English equivalent: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). "X". European proverbs: in 55 languages, with equivalents in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese. Veszprémi Nyomda. p. 33. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
    • Tica, Nimrod Ebenezer; Tica, Vivian Balaris (2006). Mga bugtong at salawikain para sa bagong henerasyon. Anvil Pub.. p. 72. ISBN 978-971-27-1230-2. 
  • Ang lumalakad nang mabagal, kung matinik ay mababaw; Ang lumalakad nang matulin, kung matinik ay malalim.
    • English equivalent: More haste, less speed.
    • Meaning: "Progress with discretion. Acting hastily one is likely to forget/overlook something important, leading to grave errors or failure."
    • Source for meaning: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). "X". European proverbs: in 55 languages, with equivalents in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese. Veszprémi Nyomda. p. 241. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
    • Mithi. The Union. p. 29.