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If you can provide a precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Wind.
Prophesy to the wind, to the wind only for only
The wind will listen.
T.S. Eliot, "Gerontion," Poems, (1920)
  • اتق الأحمق أن تصحبه إنما الأحمق كالثوب الخلق كلما رقعت منه جانبا صفقته الريح وهنا فانخرق
    • Arabic proverb
    • Literally: Be aware of the idiot, for he is like an old dress. Every time you patch it, the wind will tear it back again.
  • إذا هَبَّتْ رياحك فاغتنمها
    • Arabic proverb
    • Literally: If a wind blows, ride it!
    • Figuratively: If a chance comes, take advantage of it.
  • 空 穴 来 风 未 必 无 因
    • Chinese proverb
    • Literally: If the wind comes from an empty cave, it's not without a reason.
    • Figuratively: There is no smoke without fire.
  • 见 风 转 舵
    • Chinese proverb
    • Literally: See the wind, turn the rudder
    • Figuratively: Change one's technique or goal when having difficulties.
    • Chinese proverb
    • Lietrally:
    • Figuratively: When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.
  • Wie wind zaait, zal storm oogsten.
    • Dutch proverb - that is from the Bible, Hosea 8:7
    • Literally: He who seeds wind, shall harvest storm.
    • Figuratively: Who causes trouble, will be a victim of trouble.
  • Hoge bomen vangen veel wind
    • Dutch proverb
    • Literally: High trees catch lots of wind.
    • Figuratively: The more important the person the more criticism they get.
  • Hann fær byr, ið bíðar, og havn, ið rør.
    • Faroese proverb
    • Literally: He gets wind in his sails who waits, and harbour who rows.
    • Figuratively: You reap what you sow.
  • qoH vuvbe' SuS
  • باد آورده را باد میبرد
  • Água e vento são meio sustento.
    • Portuguese proverb
    • Literally: Water and wind are [already] half your share.
    • Figuratively: You're alive, that's not bad at all, you can go for the rest now.
  • Ищи́ ве́тра в по́ле.
    • Russian proverb
    • Literally: Look for wind in a field.
    • Figuratively: What's lost cannot be found.
  • Fa'amatagi
    • Samoan proverb
    • Literally: From the direction of the wind.
    • Figuratively: Tell the story from the beginning.
  • Eisd ri gaoth nam beann gus an traoigh na h-uisgeachan.
  • Alçak yerde yatma sel alır, yüksek yerde yatma yel alır.
    • Turkish proverb
    • Literally: Don't lie down in low places, flood will take you, don't lie down in high places, wind will take you.
    • Figuratively: Danger lies in extremes, stay casual.