A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.
A proverb is the wisdom of age and antiquity.
A quilt is not burnt to get rid of fleas.
A remedy without pain is not to be hoped for.
A shop is not opened for the sake of one customer.
A stone you would not have expected hurts your head.
It is used to denote that events are heading to an obvious conclusion, so that further discussion may not be needed.
A whole herd can take shelter in the shade of a great tree.
Act wisely and care not if you are called a fool.
Used when expressing some sympathy for the pained people who are close to the injured or hurt person.
An old friend is a mount for a black day.
An uninvited guest might not get a warm welcome.
Animals are governed by their reins; people by their, promises.
Ask the banker about gold, the jeweler about gems.
Don’t throw your seeds into the place where nothing grows.
Before buying the cloth look at the sample; before marrying a girl look at her mother.
By renown and estimation the son of the noble is noble.
Charity begins at home, but does not have to end there.
Consult one who knows, but do what you know.
Death in time of youth, poverty in time of age, are hard.
Do not be the partner of one more powerful than yourself.
Do not bring weariness to a council by having all the talk to yourself.
Do not leave undone what is in your power to do.
Whatever is done or said, it may have no significan’t effect on what happens or its the outcome
Some forms of foretelling, like prognoses and weather forecasts, hold benefits for different reasons.
Don’t call every crooked branch your bow and don’t call everyone you see your uncle.
Don’t seize on the first thing that looks good.
Said to one who meddles with things he does not understand.
Don’t fall into a fire in order to avoid the smoke.
Don’t let the box be opened; otherwise they will say bad things.
If you bring up a certain subject you risk hearing unpleasant things.
Don’t rely on a man, he may die; don’t lean on a tree, it may dry up, and don’t lean on a wall, it may fall down.
Wait till you come to the river before you pull off your shoes.
One should not be overly eager and optimistic about an outcome.
Don’t exceed your capabilities or you will suffer for it.
Don’t take a heavy burden, otherwise you may hurt your back.
Don’t take for friends all who smile to your face.
Don’t throw a lasso at stars in the sky.
Eat and drink with a friend, but have no business transaction with him.
Eat peas with the king, cherries with the beggar.
Even if you put a golden saddle on its back, a donkey is still a donkey.
Every day of your life is a leaf in your history.
Every day the harm arising from carelessness is endured.
A reminder that others may have a different way of doing things, and hence asking for some tolerance.
Fair words will not make the pot play.
From a base person comes no fidelity, from a harlot no shame.
From bad iron there cannot be a good saber.
Give advice to those who will heed your words and keep it in their ears.
Good advice is given, good esteem is not given.
Good counsel may be given but not good breeding.
Has there ever been a day without an evening?
And “A ladder is climbed rung by rung” is behind graded teachings too.
He that goes far to be married, will either deceive or be deceived.
He that prepares for ill, gives the blow a meeting and breaks its stroke.
He that thinks everyone is like himself is deceived.
He whom the heart loves is the handsome one.
He whose account is clean will have a happy face.
However lean the meat may be, it goes well upon bread.
However much snow falls, still it does not endure summer.
Hunger makes the wolf come out of the forest.
If a stone falls on an egg, it is bad for the egg; if an egg falls on a stone, it is still bad for the egg.
If a tree afford you shade, don’t cut it down.
If and When were planted and Nothing grew.
If I spit downward, (I defile) my beard; if upward, my mustache.
If the bald knew a remedy he would rub it on his own head.
If the carriage be not greased, it does not move on.
If the head be left empty, it is not well.
If the partridge had the woodcock’s thing, it would be the best bird that ever fly.
If we have not money, let us have honor.
If you corner a cat, it will jump on you.
If you don’t know how to swim, why are you at the seashore?
If you have fallen, then cling to the ground.
If you lie down with hogs, you will get up with fleas.
If you look after it it will become a vineyard; if you don’t, a barren field.
If your head be without pain don’t thrust it into trouble.
In an office of trust there must be no treachery.
In the estimation of the nightingale, a cage of gold is a prison.
In the place where the cat is not found, there are plenty of rats.
In the place where there are many cocks, the morning is early.
In the presence of an expert a lie is not uttered.
In the spot where honey is, flies too are found.
Instead of having a handful of gold, it [could be better] to have a handful of earth.
It is a good thing to listen to the words of one woman in forty.
It is better to misplace our charity on nine unworthy persons than to deny alms to one that is really in need.
It is easy for a bachelor to divorce a wife.
From a safe port one can luckily advise comfortably.
It is good to listen to the words of one woman in forty.
It is no play where one greets [weeps] and another laughs.
It is not in speaking continually of honey that sweetness comes into the mouth.
It is not what is eaten but what is digested that nourishes the body.
It is proper that the tongue of a debtor be short.
He who throws a stone at his relatives will never prosper, give the kinsman his due.
He who takes no thought at first will at the last repent.
It takes 6-8 years after the seedlings are planted, till the first walnuts appear.
He who keeps his head at home, loses not his hat in the crowd.
He who is wasting away with trouble must seek remedy.
He who is a man does not make a mistake twice.
He who helps the enemy is also considered an enemy.
He who has no peace in his home, is in hell on earth.
He who has had his mouth burnt is prudent on another occasion.
He who goes out on a journey without a guide loses his way.
He who goes on a chase without a greyhound comes home without a hare.
He who gives the money makes the fife play.
He who falls into the sea will grasp at an eel.
He who endures the trouble knows what it is.
He who dreads fire, guards himself even from smoke.
He who desires tranquility must be deaf, blind, and tongueless.
He who desires to have children must be willing to endure their hardships.
He who cuts down a shoot cuts down someone’s head.
He who comes to the mill consents to his turn.
He who chastises not his children is himself at last chastised.
He who can’t bother to get married will have no children.
Turkish proverbs are particularly insightful and therefore smart to use. I here describe such proverbs related to Turkish people. Enjoy these Turkish Proverbs which are given above the page.