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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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Neue Besen kehren gut, aber der Alte kennt die Ecken
newer is not necessarily better (lit.: new brooms clean well, but the old one knows the corners)

Nur tote Fische schwimmen mit dem Strom
the ignorant go happily to their doom (lit.: only dead fish swim with the stream)


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