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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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Gebranntes Kind scheut das Feuer
once bitten, twice shy (lit.: the burned child avoids fire)

Gehoppst wie gesprungen
it is all the same (lit.: it bounced the way it jumped)

Gehupft wie gesprungen
it is all the same (lit.: it bounced the way it jumped)

Gehuppt wie geduppt
it is all the same (lit.: it bounced the way it jumped)

Geld allein macht nicht glücklich (aber es beruhigt)
money isn't everything (but it helps)

Geld regiert die Welt
money makes the world go round (lit.: money rules the world)

Geld stinkt nicht
there's nothing wrong with money (lit.: money does not stink)

Gelernt ist gelernt
know (something) thoroughly (lit.: learned is learned)

Geschenkt ist geschenkt, wiedergenommen in die Hölle gekommen
a present, once given, should not be taken back (lit.: a present is a present; you go to hell if you take it back)

Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern
birds of a feather flock together (lit.: like and like prefer to gather together)


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