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Top 65 Italian Proverbs and Idioms (WISDOM)

Top 10 Most Famous Short Italian Proverbs and Sayings (BEST)

A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.
A hundred years cannot repair a moment’s loss of honor.
God guards me from my friends; I guard myself from my enemies.
God guards me from my friends; I guard myself from my enemies.
He who does evil, is never short of an excuse.
He who does evil, is never short of an excuse.
Either eat this soup or jump out of the window!
Either eat this soup or jump out of the window!
The hasty cat gave birth to blind kittens.
The hasty cat gave birth to blind kittens.
The wolf is made bigger than it is.
The wolf is made bigger than it is.
To make an elephant out of a fly.
To make an elephant out of a fly.
Family is where the heart is.
Family is where the heart is.
Help yourself so that God will help you.
Help yourself so that God will help you.
Fine words don’t feed cats.
Fine words don’t feed cats.

16 Italian Proverbs and Idioms About Life

When you finish the game, the king and pawn end up in the same box.
When you finish the game, the king and pawn end up in the same box.
Where there’s life, there’s hope.
Where there’s life, there’s hope.
Time passes and does not return.
Time passes and does not return.
There’s a sea between saying and doing.
There’s a sea between saying and doing.
Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.
Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.
A shared trouble is half joy.
A shared trouble is half joy.
No flies enter a closed mouth.
No flies enter a closed mouth.
Old sins have long shadows.
Old sins have long shadows.
When the devil caresses you, he wants your soul.
When the devil caresses you, he wants your soul.
The poor man is lacking many things, the greedy man all.
The poor man is lacking many things, the greedy man all.
If you don’t go you won’t see, if you don’t see you won’t know, if you don’t know you’ll take it in the ass every time.
If you don’t go you won’t see, if you don’t see you won’t know, if you don’t know you’ll take it in the ass every time.
Give them a finger and they’ll take an arm.
Give them a finger and they’ll take an arm.
After the rain comes sunshine.
After the rain comes sunshine.
Where there is no temptation there is no glory.
Where there is no temptation there is no glory.
To seek the hair in the egg, to pick faults where there are none.
To seek the hair in the egg, to pick faults where there are none.
A good life makes an easy death.
A good life makes an easy death.

7 Italian Proverbs and Sayings About Love and Marriage

Love conquers all.
Love conquers all.
Love makes all men equal.
Love makes all men equal.
A good wife makes a good husband.
A good wife makes a good husband.
A house without a woman is like a lantern without the light.
A house without a woman is like a lantern without the light.
Don’t put a finger between a husband and wife.
Don’t put a finger between a husband and wife.
Family is the heartland of your heart.
Family is the heartland of your heart.
Men are as old as they feel, but women are as old as they look.
Men are as old as they feel, but women are as old as they look.

7 Italian Proverbs and Sayings About Food

A meal without wine is a day without sunshine.
A meal without wine is a day without sunshine.
Red wine makes good blood.
Red wine makes good blood.
Like the cheese on macaroni.
Like the cheese on macaroni.
Bread opens all mouths.
Bread opens all mouths.
You can’t have a full wine barrel and a drunk wife.
You can’t have a full wine barrel and a drunk wife.
Good seed makes good fruit.
Good seed makes good fruit.
Eat well, laugh often, love much.
Eat well, laugh often, love much.

3 Italian Proverbs on Friendship

When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.
When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.
He who laughs last, laughs best.
He who laughs last, laughs best.
He who is not with me is against me.
He who is not with me is against me.

13 Wise Italian Proverbs to Live By

Better alone than in bad company.
Better alone than in bad company.
Skip the enjoyment that you will regret.
Skip the enjoyment that you will regret.
He who looks for evil generally finds it.
He who looks for evil generally finds it.
One beautiful day doesn’t make a summer.
One beautiful day doesn’t make a summer.
He who knows most, talks least.
He who knows most, talks least.
Those who act, make mistakes; and those who do nothing really blunder.
Those who act, make mistakes; and those who do nothing really blunder.
Better late than never.
Better late than never.
Something is still better than nothing.
Something is still better than nothing.
Idleness is the father of all vices.
Idleness is the father of all vices.
When in Rome, do as the Romans.
When in Rome, do as the Romans.
No news is good news.
No news is good news.
God listens to short prayers.
God listens to short prayers.
Speak the truth and shame the devil.
Speak the truth and shame the devil.

9 Italian Proverbs on Business and Success

United we stand, divided we fall; Union is strength.
United we stand, divided we fall; Union is strength.
The calm is the virtue of the strong.
The calm is the virtue of the strong.
Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Gluttony kills more than the sword.
Gluttony kills more than the sword.
Experience is more important than theory.
Experience is more important than theory.
Practice makes perfect.
Practice makes perfect.
He who perseveres wins at last.
He who perseveres wins at last.
It’s easy to scare a bull from a window.
It’s easy to scare a bull from a window.
Where gold speaks, every tongue is silent.
Where gold speaks, every tongue is silent.

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