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 worth 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.
    • "There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves."
    • George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah (1921)
    • 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.
    • "The true barbarian is he who thinks every thing barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices."
    • William Hazlitt, in Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)
    • 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 equivaleny: 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. 
  • ลวนฑขอนนบบวล=ก
    • Whenever one happens to like someone; Whenever a liking happens; Whenever love arises.
    • "He has told me he likes men as well as he likes women, which seems only natural, he says, since he is the offspring of two sexes as well as two races. No one is surprised he is biracial; why should they be surprised he is bisexual? This is an explanation I have never heard and cannot entirely grasp; it seems too logical for my brain."
    • Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
    • Haas, Mary Rosamond (1964). Thai-English Student's Dictionary. p. 472. ISBN 978-0-8047-0567-7.