Yiddish Proverbs / Folk-Sayings

If they give you--take; if they take from you--yell!

Charge nothing and you'll get a lot of customers.

Don't spit into the well--you might drink from it later.

Cancer--schmancer! -- as long as you're healthy.

Do not worry about tomorrow, because you do not even know what may happen to you today.

If one person tells you that you have ass's ears, take no notice;

should two tell you so, procure a saddle for yourself.

You can't chew with somebody else's teeth.

If you spit upwards, you're bound to get it back in the face.

You can't dance at two weddings at the same time; nor can you sit on two horses with one behind.

Had you gotten up early, you wouldn't have needed to stay up late.

One who has the reputation of an early riser may safely lie in bed until noon.

For dying, you always have time.

When a fool is silent, he too is counted among the wise.

Silence is the fence around wisdom.

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.
Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.

What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

Old friends, like old wines, don't lose their flavor.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

More wise sayings:

Don't be so humble-you are not that great.
-- Golda Meir, to a visiting diplomat.

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
-- Golda Meir

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
-- Albert Einstein

(When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador): If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.
-- Albert Einstein

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
-- Albert Einstein

The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
-- Albert Einstein

You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
-- Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-- (sign hanging in Einstein's office at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey)

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
-- Albert Einstein

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
-- Albert Einstein

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