Thai proverbs

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Proverbs from all Thai speaking parts of the world.

  • กระต่ายหมายจันทร์
    • Transliteration: Kra-tie' mai jhun.
    • A rabbit aims for the moon.
    • English equivalent: Don't stretch your arms more than your sleeves can reach.
    • Meaning: Don't aim at the impossibilities; get grounded.
    • Winitchaikun (1987). Rattanakōsin. Bamrung Sān. 
  • กันไว้ดีกว่าแก้
    • Transliteration: Gan wy dtee gwaa gae.
    • Preventive measure is better than curative measure.
    • English equivalent: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
    • Dāo tǣm din. Suwīriyāsān. 1994. p. 553. 
  • ความลับไม่มีในโลก
    • Transliteration: Kwam lub mai mee nai loke.
    • There are no secrets in the world.
    • English equivalent: There is nothing hidden that will not become public.
    • Meaning: There is no such thing as secret; try not to hide what can't be hidden.
    • Thō̜ranin (2009). 12 ไม้เด็ดสูตรสําเร็จข้าราชการ. Inspire. p. 88. 
  • นานาจิตตัง
    • Transliteration: Na na jit tung.
    • All sorts of mind.
    • English equivalent: There is no accounting for taste.
    • Meaning: Everyone to his taste; up for grasp.
    • ทําอย่างไรจะปราศจากโรคและชะลอความชรา. นานมีบุคส์พับลิเคชั่น. 2007. p. 38. 
  • เพื่อนกินหาง่าย เพื่อนตายหายาก
    • Transliteration: Pheuuan gin haa ngaay pheuuan dtaay haa yaak.
    • Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find.
    • Meaning: It is easy to find good-weather friends in good times but hard to find real friends who stand by you in all situations of life.
    • English equivalent: Remember man and keep in mind: A faithful friend is hard to find.
    • พลอยแกมเพชร. Bō̜risat Sīsārā. 2009. p. 98. 
  • เสน่ห์ปลายจวักผัวรักจนตาย
    • Transliteration: Saneh bplaay jawak phuaa rak john dtaay.
    • A husband loves the charm of the ladles tip until dying.
    • English version: The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
    • Meaning: When a wife cooks well the husband will love her until the end of life.
    • Wētchāchīwa (1991). ʻAnusō̜n ngān phrarātchathān phlœ̄ng sop Nāi SērīWētchāchīwa, Mō̜. Pō̜. Chō̜., Mō̜. Wō̜. Mō̜. na mēn nāphlapphlāʻItsariyāphō̜n, Wat Thēpsirintharāwāt, wan thī20 Mokkarākhom Phō̜. Sō̜. 2534. Wētchāchīwa Family. p. 58.