Kannada proverbs

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Proverbs used by speakers of the Kannada language, one of the classical languages of India. It is one of the oldest languages alive predominantly spoken in southern parts of the country.

Quotes[edit]

  • One who has control over his pants, hand and mouth has nothing to worry about.
    • Meaning: 'Control over sexual conduct, behaviour and speech is necessary if we wish to lead a happy and content life.'
    • Source: Sawhney, Clifford (2003). Book of Common and Uncommon Proverbs. Pustak Mahal. p. 78. 

A Handbook of Kannada Proverbs, with English Equivalents (1912)[edit]

A Handbook of Kannada Proverbs, with English Equivalents (1912) by Ub Narasinga Rao
  • A colt you may break but an old horse you never can.
    • p. 3
  • 'Tis in vain to kick after you have once put on fetters.
    • p. 3
  • Great braggers little doers.
    • p. 5
  • He that knows least commonly presumes most.
    • p. 5
  • No pride like that of an enriched beggar.
    • p. 5
  • Good deeds remain, all things else perish.
    • p. 5
  • Be slow to promise and quick to perform.
    • p. 6
  • They talk like angels but live like men.
    • p. 6; variant translation: Many talk like philosophers and live like fools.
  • Dicen, que el primer consejo
    Ha de ser de la muger.
    • "They say that the best counsel is that of woman."
    • Calderon, El Médico de su Honra, I. 2. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.


  • If wishes were horses beggars would ride.
    • p. 6
  • No one knows the weight of anothes burden.
    • p. 7
  • Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.
    • p. 7
  • Do all you can and leave the rest to providence.
    • p. 7
  • A truth teller finds the doors closed against him.
    • p. 8
  • A fox should not be of the jury at a goose's trial.
    • p. 9
  • Burn not your house to fright away the mice.
    • p. 9
  • Misfortunes come by forties.
    • p. 12
  • Death meets us everywhere.
    • p. 13
  • As a man lives so shall he die.
    As a tree falls so shall it lie.‎
    • p. 50

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