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30.       yilgun-7
1326 posts
 08 Jul 2008 Tue 09:23 pm

He/she who travels far/much knows much: Not he who lived long knows, but he who traveled much knows. = Çok yaşayan bilmez, çok gezen bilir = Çok gezen çok bilir = Çok okuyan bilmez, çok gezen bilir.

other Turkish proverbs = Literal translation

- Çok mal/ para haramsız, çok laf yalansız olmaz: ıt is impossible to become rich withoutmoney illegitimately acquired, ill-gotten gains, much talks means much lies.
- Ofke ile kalkan zararla oturur = He who gets up (starts up) in anger, sits down with a loss.
- Bilmemek ayip degil, sormamak ayip = It is not disgraceful to ask, it is disgraceful no to ask.
- Ne ekersen, o'nu bicersin= You harvest what you sow.You will reap whatever you sow.
- Doğru söyleyeni dokuz köyden kovarlar : The one who speaks truth would be expelled from nine villages.
- Fala inanma falsız kalma : Don't believe in foretellings but don't stay without them.
- Gülü seven dikenine katlanır : Who loves a rose will endure its thorns.
- Mühür kimde ise Süleyman odur : Whoever has the Seal, he is Solomon [the prophet].
- Papaz her gün pilav yemez : The priest does not eat rice every day.
- Parayla imanın kimde olduğu belli olmaz : It is unclear who has money and who faith.
- Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır : Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- Tavşan dağa küsmüş, dağın haberi olmamış : The hare (rabbit) was offended with the mountain, but the mountain did not notice.
- Umut fakirin ekmeğidir : Hope is the bread of the poor.
- Yüzü güzel olanın huyu da güzel olur : Who has a beautiful face has a beautiful character too.
- En iyi karar, verilmiş karardir : The best desicion is a made one.
- Cahile söz anlatmak, deveyi hendekten atlatmaktan zordur : Explaining something to an ignorant person is harder than making a camel jump over a ditch.
- İyi diyelim iyi olsun :Wish well, be well.
-Bir elin nesi var, iki elin sesi var : Two heads are better than one.Even if you know a thousand things, still ask someone who knows.
-Bir tasla iki kus vurmak : Killing two birds with one stone.
-Ates dustugu yeri yakar : An ember burns where it falls.
-Sabrın sonu selametttir : Patience is the key to paradise .
-Yapılan iyilik asla unutulmaz : Good actions are never lost.
-Akıllı isan arkadaşlarını her zaman hatırlar, aptal insan ise yalnızca ihtiyaç duyduğu zaman : A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them
-Güzel kelimeler demirden kapıyı açar : Tatlı dil yılanı deliğinden çıkarırı : Kind words will unlock an iron door.
-Sana dedikodu yapan, senin hakkında da dedikodu yapar Who gossips to you will gossip about yıou.
-Ağacı kurt, insanı dert yer : It is worms which destroy a tree, it is worry which destroys a human.
--Akılları pazara çıkarmışlar, herkes kendi aklını beğenmiş : They put up minds for sale on the market, everyone liked his own mind. (Variant: Everyone put up his mind for sale on the market, and liked his own mind.)
-Ana gibi yar, vatan gibi diyar olmaz : There is no lover like mothers nor place like homeland.
-Ayıpsız dost arayan dostsuz kalır: A man who seeks a perfect friend, will remain friendless.
-Babası oğluna bir bağ bağışlamış, oğul babaya bir salkım üzüm vermemiş : The father donated a vineyard to his son, the son didn't give a bunch of grapes to the father.
-Bana arkadaşını söyle, sana kim olduğunu söyleyeyim : Tell me who your friend is, and I will tell you who you are.
-Başkasına fenalık eden kendine etmiş olur : He who does evil to another, has done it to himself.
-Bekara karı boşamak kolay : Divorcing a wife is easy for a single guy.
-Bir kanatla kuş uçmaz : A bird will not fly with one wing.
-Dağ dağa kavuşmaz,insan insana kavuşur : Mountain won't meet mountain, but man will meet man.
-Davulun sesi uzaktan hoş gelir : The sound of drums sounds nicely from far away.
-Gökyüzünde düğün var deseler, kadınlar merdiven kurmaya kalkar: If they say there is a wedding in the sky, women would try to put up a ladder.
-Hatasiz Kul Olmaz : Flawless human is impossible : No body is perfect.
-Her şeyin yenisi, dostun, şarabın eskisi : Every thing is best when new, a friend and wine are best when old.
-Hocanın vurduğu yerde gül biter : A rose will sprout from the place where a teacher has hit.: No learning without beating.
-İyilik yap denize at, balık bilmezse halik bilir : Do good and throw it into the sea; if the fish don't know it, God will.
-Körle yatan şaşı kalkar : Who lies with the blind gets up cross-eyed : If you are with the wrong person, you will adopt the mistakes.
-Meyveli ağaçı taşlarlar : They throw stones at a tree with fruit : Talented people are the object of jealousy.
-Son gülen iyi güler : Who laughs last, laughs the best.
-Vakit nakittir : Time is cash.
-Akıl yaşta değil, baştadır : Wisdom is in the mind not in the age.
-Hatasız/günahsız kul olmaz : no person without sin/fault
Çok muhabbet tez ayrılık getirir : insanlarla iyi geçinmek istiyorsanız onlardan uzak ve saygılı durun.
-Çok söz (laf) yalansız, çok para (mal) haramsız olmaz.

which proverb do you like best?

31.       yilgun-7
1326 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 12:58 am

Best Turkish proverbs from Roswitha=

- İki dinle -bin işit- bir söyle.
(Çok konuşmak doğru değildir.Çok konuşan gereksiz, yanlış sözler söyler.Yerinde cevap verebilmen için de söylenenleri uzun uzun dinlemen gerekir.)

- Az söyle çok dinle.
(İnsan dinlemekle çok şey öğrenir.)

- Çok gezen çok bilir = Çok yaşayan -okuyan- bilmez çok gezen bilir.
(Çok gezen bildiklerine yeni bilgiler ekler.)

- Huylu huyundan vageçmez : Bir insan yedisinde ne ise yetmişinde de odur : Can çıkar huy çıkmaz.
(Bir huy edinmiş olan kişiyi bu huydan vazgeçirmek için ne kadar uğraşılsa boştur.)

- Zaman sana uymazsa sen zamana uy.
(Yaşadığın zamanın koşulları ve çevrendekilerin gidişi senin tutumuna uygun değilse, sen onlara uymalısın.)

- Akıllı köprü arayıncaya dek -kadar- deli suyu geçer.
(Akıllı insan düşÃ¼nünceye kadar, atak kişi tehlikeyi göze alarak, riske girerek, işe girişir ve çabuk sonuç alır.)

32.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 01:53 am

Thank you, Yilgun.

This is so true:

Bana arkadaşını söyle, sana kim olduğunu söyleyeyim

[In German: Sage mir mit wem Du umgehst und ich sage Dir wer Du bist]

33.       gencturk
326 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 09:50 am

Quoting yilgun-7:

- Fala inanma falsız kalma : Don't believe in foretellings but don't stay without them.
- Papaz her gün pilav yemez : The priest does not eat rice every day.
- Parayla imanın kimde olduğu belli olmaz : It is unclear who has money and who faith.





I dont think these are the Turkish proverbs. I think these are modern and ignorant Turkish people's fabrications (made-up). (and also maybe some other proverbs)

yilgun what is your source(s) ?

34.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 11:04 am

I have heard "papaz her gün pilav yemez" quite a few times, meaning make the most of an opportunity set before you

35.       seyit
547 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 11:15 am

Quoting MarioninTurkey:

I have heard "papaz her gün pilav yemez" quite a few times, meaning make the most of an opportunity set before you



my try

"Papaz her gün pilav yemez"s meaning is "Nobody acts similar in same situations everytime."

36.       yilgun-7
1326 posts
 10 Jul 2008 Thu 01:44 pm

Gençtürk arkadaşa=

Source = Atasözleri ve Deyimler Sözlüğü, Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi, 1984 (Dördüncü Baskı

1688.atasözü - Papaz her gün pilav yemez : The priest does not eat rice every day.
966.atasözü - Fala inanma falsız kalma : Don't believe in foretellings but don't stay without them.
1690.atasözü - Parayla imanın kimde olduğu belli olmaz : It is unclear who has money and who faith.

ve diğerleri

37.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 02:01 pm

"Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love"

 

Well I like it "black as hell" and "strong as death" but unfortunately I don´t like it with sugar

38.       juliacernat
424 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 02:43 pm

 

Quoting portokal

[...] A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not [...].
the pen is sharper than the sword

 

 

39.       juliacernat
424 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 02:48 pm

 

Quoting peacetrain

"Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love"

 

 

 

 It is sad one should have 3 cups of coffe per day: first- bitter, as life, the second- sweet, as love and the third- mysterious, as death....

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