Hindi proverbs

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This page is for proverbs from the Hindi language, one of the 22 official languages in India.

Quotes[edit]

  • जान है तो जहान है
    • Translation: (If) there's life, then there's the world.
    • Meaning: Only if you are alive, things matter.
    • Source: Phansi se Poorv. Atmaram & Sons. p. 360. GGKEY:0ELREBJ4Q0B. 
  • जंगल में मोर नाचा किस ने देखा ?
    • Translation: Who saw a peacock dance in the woods?
    • Meaning: Even a very good thing will have to be made public, to be acclaimed by people.
    • Source: India Today Volume 25. Thomson Living Media India Ltd.. 2000. p. viii. 
  • जिस की लाठी उस की भैंस
    • Translation: Whoever owns the lathi (a huge cane/stick) owns the buffalo.
    • English equivalent: Might is right.
    • Source: S. W. Fallon; Sir Richard Carnac Temple; Faqir Chand (Lala.) (1998). A dictionary of Hindustani proverbs. Asian Educational Services. p. 119. ISBN 978-81-206-0663-0. 
  • घर का भेदी लंका ढाये
    • Translation: The insider who knows all the secrets can bring down Lanka (a very prosperous city in Hindu mythology)
    • Meaning: It is the insider who is dangerous and leaks secretive information to help out your enemies.
    • Source: Tivārī, Gajendra (1996). Rañja līḍara ko bahuta hai. Amana Prakāśana. p. 1. 
  • बंदर क्या जाने अदरक का स्वाद
    • Translation: What does a monkey knows about the taste of ginger?
    • English equivalent: Laying pearls before swine.
    • Meaning: Someone who can't understand can't appreciate (or) Someone without refined tastes cannot appreciate a fine thing.
    • Source: Prakash, Om (1995). "110". Vyavharik Hindi Shuddh Prayog. Rajpal & Sons. p. 166. ISBN 978-81-7028-107-8. 
  • अब पछताए होत क्या जब चिड़िया चुग गई खेत
    • Translation: What is the use of crying when the birds ate the whole farm?
    • English equivalent: It's no use crying over spilled milk.
    • Meaning: There is no use crying over something that has already finished/happened.
    • Source: Shyam Bahadur Varma, ed (2006). Encyclopaedia of Quotations. Prabhat Prakashan. p. 96. 
  • नाच न जाने, आँगन ठेढ़ा
  • दूर के ढोल सुहावने लगते हैं
  • जल में रहकर मगर से बैर ठीक नहीं
  • जाती ना पूछो साधु की; पूछ लीजिए ज्ञान.
    • Translation: Ask not a saint of his cast; ask of his knowledge.
    • English equivalent: Don't judge a book by its cover.
    • "A person's merit should be determined by his inherent qualities and contributions as an individual, not by superficial traits which fail to capture the essence of a person."
    • Source: Hindi Proverbs in English

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