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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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Vater werden ist nicht schwer, Vater sein dagegen sehr
it is easy to become a father, but hard to be one

Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser
trust but verify (lit.: trusting is good, control is better)

Viel Feind, viel Ehr'
many enemies, much honor

Viele Hände macht leicht Arbeit
many hands make light work

viele Hunde sind des Hasen Tod
there is not much one person can do against many (lit.: many dogs are the death of the hare)

Viele Köche verderben den Brei
too many cooks spoil the broth

viele Wege führen nach Rom
all roads lead to Rome (lit.: many roads/ways go to Rome)

Vier Augen sehen mehr als zwei
two heads are better than one (lit.: four eyes see more than two)

Vogel friss oder stirb
do or die (lit.: the bird eats or dies)

Vom Regen in die Traufe
out of the frying pan and into the fire (lit.: out of the rain and into the eaves)

Von nichts kommt nichts
nothing comes from nothing


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