Telugu proverbs

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Proverbs from all Telugu speaking parts of the world.

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Quotes in Telugu[edit]





  • కొండ నాలుక కు మందు వేస్తే, ఉన్న నాలుక ఊడిందంట
    • Transcription: Konda naaluka ku mandhu vesthe, unna naaluka oodindhanta.
    • When he applied medicine to the uvula, it took out the whole tongue.
    • English equivalent: The remedy is often worse than the disease.
    • Carr (1868). A Collection of Telugu Proverbs translated, illustrated and explained. Christian Knowledge Society's Press. 



  • He is no friend that eats his own by himself and mine with me.
    • "Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years."
    • Richard Bach, Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
    • Carr, M. W. (1868). "H". A Collection of Telugu Proverbs. Printed and sold at the Christian knowledge society's Press. p. 140. 
  • టతానననక ఆాజxత
    • (Every man) thnks the world like himself.
    • English equivalentː Don't measure others by your own yardstick.
    • Carr, Mark William (1868). "60". A Collection of Telugu Proverbs: Translated, Illustrated, and Explained Together with Some Sanskrit Proverbs Printed in the Devanagari and Telugu Characters. p. 383. ISBN 978-81-206-0261-8.