Sicilian Proverbs Translated in English
Love, beauty and money are three things that can't be hidden.
A fortress is made of more than one stone.
A overly ripe melon is often rotten inside.
Knowledge can be a most beautiful embellishment.
The devil eats macaroni with the monk and drinks wine the politician.
A polluted man is either the Pope or a King.
Who preaches to the deaf wastes the sermon.
The liar cries best of all.
If you sleep with dogs, you will wake up with fleas.
Time avenges every wrong.
Pluck the grapes while still on the vine.
The Church never gives anything away.
Who makes excuses without being accused, shows his guilt.
Her beauty is the only dowry a beautiful girl needs.
If you want to be loved by all, first love God, then your mother and father.
Don't make friends with priests and politician.
If your neighbor's house is afire, fetch water to save your own.
A woman is like a cat: the more you stroke her the happier she feels.
Who takes cover under the branch, collects what rains and collects what falls.
When you lose friends, you go down many steps.
You can tell a man by his talk, and bells by their ringing.
The devil laughs when the poor donates to get into heaven.
A woman in her forties makes a succulent dish.
Invite the plague ship into the harbor then burn it.
Beneath the corpse of a wealthy man you will still find maggots.
The door is always open to the bearer of gifts.
Love without pain is only infatuation.
Health flows from the happiness of the heart.
Today in person, tomorrow in a grave.
Better to die and have something to leave than to live wanting.
During the plague doctors grow rich.
Don't confide to your friend your deepest secrets; remember that one day you may have him for an enemy.
Make your promises and confessions while you're drinking wine and eating mozzarella.
Gold attracts the Church.
Knowledge is no match for luck.
Don't buy houses near convents nor dwellings near abbeys.
Safeguard the flock that is grazing on the mountain from the unmarried shepherd.
Night time sleep counsels man.
Putting hope in a priest, is like trying to catch the wind in a net.
Priests dressed in black bring bad tidings, in white they take you to the cemetery.
One ripe grape doesn't make the harvest.
A deeply wounded heart never heals.
One sins and is crowned, another sins and is crucified.
Throw three silver coins into the sea beneath a August moon and you will be granted one wish.
Don't press olives that you are not yours.
Don't go to the doctor for every malady, nor to the lawyer for every disagreement, nor to the fountain for every thirst.
Latin hides the stupidity of the priest.
The honest man has two eyes, the liar, one hundred.
He who loves suffers. Better to marry an old but wise man than a young but foolish man.
August rain brings oil, honey and lust.
The war is lost for too much advice.
Gold begets gold, and lice beget lice.
Ill acquired gains don't last long.
The mother of a fool is always pregnant with another one. Death rights everything.
The barking of dogs does not reach heaven.
Only your real friends will tell you when you have a chive on your front tooth.
Buy good quality and sell at the market price.
The husband who does not compliment his wife is like a scorpion with a bitter bite.
Olive trees don't produce pomegranates.
The June bee portends lots of honey.
Water does mischief but wine comforts.
A maggot dipped in honey is still a maggot.
If you plant tomatoes but do not pluck the weeds, you won't even harvest enough to re-seed.
Eat yesterday's bread and last year's wine.
Morning makes the day.
The pardon arrives after the man was hung.
Water and sun make work, water and wind make grain.
Women have got long hair and stunted common sense.
A jealous man is born cuckolded.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
Flies can't fly into a closed mouth
Your most faithful friends are your own hands
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
Public money is like holy water; everyone helps himself to it.
The one who pleased everybody died before they were born.
Young people talk of what they are doing; old people of what they have done; and fools of what they have a mind to do.
When we can't find peace in ourselves it is vain to look for it elsewhere.
If you wish for peace be ready for war.
Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner