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Myanmar Proverbs

Regrets always come later.

Wise man's anger never comes out.

Snake to snake, see the leg. (Snakes have no legs. But crooks can see how other crooks will do.)

Mango among fruits, pork among meats, tea among leaves. (are the best)

You can stop speaking to someone, but you cannot stop being related.

Do use a needle in time, or you might need an axe later. (As same as "A stitch in time saves nine")

Collect the water while it rains.

You can even be a God, if you try.

You can be a king, if you are brave.

Old cows like young grass.

Anyone can fancy his bed as a palace. (You can believe whatever you want.)

There's only 2 ways: go crazy, or go extraordinary! (Be somebody!)

Don't be a sling bag. (It's like CNN Ted Turner's Lead, follow, or get out of the way.)

You can pull back your leg, but not your committed word.

It's dress in a man, bindings in baskets' edge (are important)

Bone in chicken, relatives in man (that one can't avoid)

Calling out for mother, only when you stumble.

Before the bending arm straighten, or before the straighten arm bends. (do the good, choose the better)

Be deligent when there's time.

It's like catching 2 eels at a time. (Doing 2 unsure things at a time, instead of doing 1 certain thing.)

Harrow before the cow. (instead of the cow before the harrow)

Forgetting the cow, when going out to plough. (when most important thing is forgotten)

Fidelity in a king, promise in men. (are to keep)

Using up the arrows, before getting into battle.

Two may become enemies, when their ideas are the same.

If there are too many teachers or leaders with different ideas, the follower will not do anything and learn nothing.

An unmarried woman is not honored, even if she has 10 brothers.

Wisdom is in the books. (Find them there)

A ship-load of fish gets spoiled, because of 1 spoiled fish.

One can't die if he's brave. Even when he die his name lasts forever.

You fail if you're afraid. Or brave, you may become a king.

A genuine ruby wont sink and disappear in mud.

Fisherman near fisherman. Hunter near hunter.

1 day 1 yard. Bagan won't move. (Do it a little every day, and you'll achieve)

Unmistakable lawyer. Immortal medicine man. (They never exist)

Seek wisdom like a beggar. (Be humble)

You cannot be lucky forever.


Loka Niti: Words of the Wise

Never think of knowledge and wisdom as little.
Seek it and store it in the mind.
Note that ant-hills are built with small particles of dust, and
incessantly-falling rain drops when collected can fill a big pot.

There is no ruby in every mountain.
There is no pearl in every elephant.
There is no sandal-wood in every forest.
There is no sage in every place.

One with scanty knowledge tends to think a little learning a lot and be haughty.
It is just as a puny frog, not having seen the ocean, thinks a little well-water a lot.

One without learning has to carry others' burden.
One who has knowledge is honoured by others.
So strive daily to get knowledge.

As the egret is ungraceful among Hamsas,
so also is the foolish in an assembly.

Listening and noting well enriches knowledge.
Knowledge enhances progress.

There is no friend like learning.
There is no enemy like disease.

Go not to the battlefield without arms.
Speak not without reference to treatises.
Travel not afar without companion.

Without wealth, be not excessive in eating.
Without strength , Love not fighting.
Without learning, speak not too much.

Don't visit another's house frequently without being invited.
Don't talk too much without being asked.
Don't extol and boast of oneself. (Don't blow one's own trumpet)

The pot not full of water is turbulent.
One with a little knowledge shows off.

The ocean is not contented in receiving water.
The eye is not contented in seeing the beloved.
The wise is not contented in good speech.

Though fully endowed with good looks and youthfulness he who has no knowledge is ungraceful. It is like paukpwint (pauk flower) without scent.

Even the son of low parentage can be the king's counsellor.
Even the son of the foolish can be a sage.
Even the son of a poor man can be rich.
So don't be contemptuous of a man.

The pupil who wants knowledge and studies many cannot recite what he studied,
just like dumb one who cannot retell the dream..

Pauk leaf that wraps Taungzalat flower smells fragrant like that flower.
So also is the same for those who associate with the wise.