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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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In der Kürze liegt die Würze
brevity is the soul of wit (lit.: in briefness lies the spice)

In der Not frisst der Teufel Fliegen
beggars can't be choosers (lit.: in need the devil east flies)

In der Not schmeckt die Wurst auch ohne Brot
hunger is the best sauce (lit.: in times of need wurst tastes good even without bread)

Iss, was gar ist, trink, was klar ist, und sprich, was wahr ist
eat what's been cooked, drink liquids which are clear, and speak what is true


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