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Top 46 Thai Proverbs About Life & Love (WISDOM)

Top 10 Most Famous Thai Proverbs

There is no other happiness but peace.
There is no other happiness but peace.
Those who can’t dance blame it on the flute and the drum.
Those who can’t dance blame it on the flute and the drum.
Bad seven times, good seven times.
Bad seven times, good seven times.
When the water rises, hurry to get some.
When the water rises, hurry to get some.
The cat is away, the mouse is cheerful.
The cat is away, the mouse is cheerful.
To a man, wine is like water is to the boat; it can carry him or swallow him up.
To a man, wine is like water is to the boat; it can carry him or swallow him up.
Slow fires will smolder for a long time.
Slow fires will smolder for a long time.
Walls have ears; doors have eyes.
Walls have ears; doors have eyes.
Work is the source of all good.
Work is the source of all good.
Splitting a hard wood with an axe.
Splitting a hard wood with an axe.

2 Thai Proverbs About Love

Love the older sister, but yearn for the younger sister.
Love the older sister, but yearn for the younger sister.
Love me, love my dog.
Love me, love my dog.

16 Thai Proverbs About Life

Ten tongues that spread the word are worth less than two eyes that have seen, and two eyes that have seen are worth less than one hand that feels.
Ten tongues that spread the word are worth less than two eyes that have seen, and two eyes that have seen are worth less than one hand that feels.
When you look at an elephant, look at its tail. When you look at a girl, look at her mother.
When you look at an elephant, look at its tail. When you look at a girl, look at her mother.
You have to lose something to get another thing.
You have to lose something to get another thing.
There are no secrets in the world.
There are no secrets in the world.
Life is so short we must move very slowly.
Life is so short we must move very slowly.
Prevention is better than cure.
Prevention is better than cure.
Look at the moves of the horse and the ship.
Look at the moves of the horse and the ship.
Little birds build nests according to their size.
Little birds build nests according to their size.
To pour chili paste into the river.
To pour chili paste into the river.
The heart of a woman is as capricious as a drop of water on a lotus leaf.
The heart of a woman is as capricious as a drop of water on a lotus leaf.
Little is spent with difficulty, much with ease.
Little is spent with difficulty, much with ease.
Talk to a priest and die a thousand deaths.
Talk to a priest and die a thousand deaths.
The dead will go to the village where the cock doesn’t crow.
The dead will go to the village where the cock doesn’t crow.
The store of rice in your attic is your enemy — it makes them who have none very jealous.
The store of rice in your attic is your enemy — it makes them who have none very jealous.
Walls have ears, doors have eyes.
Walls have ears, doors have eyes.
When a dog bites you, do not bite back.
When a dog bites you, do not bite back.

3 Thai Proverbs About Gold

Putting the gold leaf on the back of a Buddha statue.
Putting the gold leaf on the back of a Buddha statue.
Wrapped within rags might be gold.
Wrapped within rags might be gold.
Gold that falls to earth never dims.
Gold that falls to earth never dims.

15 Thai Proverbs That Will Make You Think

Runaway from a tiger and face a crocodile.
Runaway from a tiger and face a crocodile.
To play the violin for the buffalo to listen to.
To play the violin for the buffalo to listen to.
Catch a fish with two hands.
Catch a fish with two hands.
To dive for a needle in the ocean.
To dive for a needle in the ocean.
Don’t spoil a cool place under the hospitable tree.
Don’t spoil a cool place under the hospitable tree.
A centipede will not stop for a cripple.
A centipede will not stop for a cripple.
Don’t pull out your intestines to feed the crow.
Don’t pull out your intestines to feed the crow.
Don’t eat fruits before they are ripe.
Don’t eat fruits before they are ripe.
At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.
At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.
Bald people can always find a comb.
Bald people can always find a comb.
A virtuous person sleeps well.
A virtuous person sleeps well.
The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words do.
The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words do.
Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find.
Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find.
A husband loves the charm of the ladles tip until dying.
A husband loves the charm of the ladles tip until dying.
Don’t spill blood until the raven has flown over.
Don’t spill blood until the raven has flown over.

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