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Definition of Proverb


  1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage.
  2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
  3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
  4. A drama exemplifying a proverb.
  5. To name in, or as, a proverb.
  6. To provide with a proverb.
  7. To write or utter proverbs.

Proverb Quotations

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

Which form of proverb do you prefer Better late than never, or Better never than late?
Lewis Carroll

There is a Japanese proverb that literally goes 'Raise the sail with your stronger hand', meaning you must go after the opportunities that arise in life that you are best equipped to do.
Soichiro Honda

Time is money says the proverb, but turn it around and you get a precious truth. Money is time.
George Gissing

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
Miguel de Cervantes
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Proverb Translations

proverb in Danish is ordsprog
proverb in Dutch is spreekwoord
proverb in French is proverbe
proverb in German is Sprichwort
proverb in Italian is proverbio
proverb in Spanish is adagio, proverbio
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