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German Proverbs





German proverbs provide a unique insight into the language, cultures, and societies of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They are also rich with literary history and legend, and at times share origins with English proverbs. So browse for what you're looking for, or simply wander around to deepen your knowledge of German proverbs.

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alle Wege führen nach Rom
all roads lead to Rome

Aller guten Dinge sind drei
third time is a charm; third time pays for all(lit.: All good things are [come in] three)

Alles neu macht der Mai
in spring everything starts anew (lit.: May makes all things new)

alles zu seiner Zeit
all in good time (lit.: all in its time)

Alte Liebe rostet nicht
old love does not rust

Alter schützt vor Torheit nicht
no fool like an old fool (lit.: age doesn’t protect [one] from foolishness)

Andere Länder, andere Sitten
when in Rome, do as the Romans do (lit.: other countries, other customs, mores)

Arbeit schändet nicht
work is no disgrace

auch der Herbst hat noch schöne Tage
you're never too old (lit.: even autumn still has nice days)

Auf alten Pferden lernt man reiten
on old horses you learn how to ride

auf eine dumme Frage (bekommt man) eine dumme Antwort
ask a silly question, get a silly answer (also: ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer)

Auf jeden Regen folgt auch Sonnenschein
every cloud has a silver lining (lit.: after every rainfall comes sunshine)

aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn
out of sight, out of mind (lit.: out of the eyes, out of the mind)


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