330 Inspirational Proverbs

Have you been struggling lately? Are you in need of uplifting yet deep words of inspiration? If that may be the case, then let these 330 inspirational proverbs guide your way to better days ahead.

Inspirational Proverbs

1. A good beginning makes a good ending. – English Proverb

2. The early bird catches the worm – English Proverb

3. Into every life a little rain must fall. – English Proverb

4. Slow but sure. – English Proverb

5. A stumble may prevent a fall. – English Proverb

6. To every thing there is a season. – English Proverb

7. Practice makes perfect – English Proverb

8. Life is what you make it. – English Proverb

9. All good things come to he who waits. – English Proverb

10. Where there’s a will there’s a way. – English Proverb

11. You never know what you can do until you try. – English Proverb

12. Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan. – English Proverb

13. Don’t try to run before you can walk. – English Proverb

14. It’s never too late to mend. – English Proverb

15. Patience wears away stones. – English Proverb

16. All happiness is in the mind. – English Proverb

17. Slow and steady wins the race. – English Proverb

18. Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. – English Proverb

19. There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree. – Cameroonian Proverb

20. One camel does not make fun of the other camel’s hump. – Ghanaian Proverb

21. The laughter of a child lights up the house. – Swahili Proverb

22. The sun never sets without fresh news. – Xhosa Proverb

23. Rising early makes the road short. – African Proverb

24. The elephant does not limp when walking on thorns. – Ethiopian Proverb

25. He who does not seize opportunity today, will be unable to seize tomorrow’s opportunity. – Somali Proverb

26. You cannot climb to the mountain top without crushing some weeds with your feet – Ugandan Proverb

27. When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly. – Buganda People of Uganda

28. If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building, or do you change the nail? – African Proverb

29. One whose seeds have not sprouted does not give up planting. – Kenyan Proverb

30. Prepare now for the solutions of tomorrow. – Congolese Proverb

31. If there is no wind, row. – Latin Proverb

32. Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.

– Serbian Proverb

33. If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

– Chinese Proverb

34. Be generous and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped. – The Bible, Proverbs 11:25

35. Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

36. Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.

– Swedish Proverb

37. Great souls have wills, feeble ones have only wishes. – Chinese Proverb

38. If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

– Chinese Proverb

39. If the sun claims that it has power over the moon, let it shine in the night – African Proverb

40. Kind words can conquer. – Tamil Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

41. A small key can open big doors. – Kurdish Proverb

42. A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day. – Danish Proverb

43. Take time to enjoy life’s roses. – New Zealander Proverb

44. He who possesses knowledge possesses the world. – Uzbek Proverb

45. Little by little, the bird builds its nest. – Haitian Proverb

46. Little by little, a person can get very far. – Peruvian Proverb

47. When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak. – Irish Proverb

48. Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom. – Irish Proverb

49. The work praises the man. – Irish Proverb

50. Better to be fortunate than rich. – Irish Proverb

51. Better to be fortunate than rich. – Irish Proverb

52. The light heart lives long. – Irish Proverb

53. God’s help is nearer than the door. – Irish Proverb

54. There is no luck except where there is discipline. – Irish Proverb

55. The longest road out is the shortest road home. – Irish Proverb

56. If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes. – Irish Proverb

57. Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege. – Irish Proverb

58. Patience is a poultice for all wounds. – Irish Proverb

59. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm. – Irish Proverb

60. Bend with the tree that will bend with you. – Irish Proverb

61. Look before you leap. – Irish Proverb

62. Enough is a feast. – Irish Proverb

63. He is rich enough who owes nothing. – French Proverb

64. All is well that ends well. – French Proverb

65. He who starts well is half way done. – Italian Proverb

66. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. – Italian Proverb

67. He who finds a friend, finds a treasure. – Italian Proverb

68. You can know ten things by learning one. – Japanese Proverb

69. Adversity is the foundation of virtue. – Japanese Proverb

70. Let what is past flow away downstream. – Japanese Proverb

71. Everyone makes mistakes. That’s why there is an eraser on every pencil. – Japanese Proverb

72. One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger. – Japanese Proverb

73. To endure what is unendurable is true endurance. – Japanese Proverb

74. The heart is the most essential human quality. – Japanese Proverb

75. One moment is worth more than a thousand gold pieces. – Korean Proverb

76. All things are difficult before they are easy. – Chinese Proverb

77. Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Chinese Proverb

78. If you always give, you will always have. – Chinese Proverb

79. The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle. – Chinese Proverb

80. When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. – Chinese Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

81. A path is formed by walking.

82. A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

83. Every cloud has a silver lining. – Spanish Proverb

84. Great things often come from small beginnings. – Finnish Proverb

85. Happy is he that is content.

86. If you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep on walking.

87. It’s never too late to learn.

88. It takes all sorts to make a world.

89. Just think of the trees; they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come, and no longing for their return when they fly away.

90. Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

91. Live today, for tomorrow it will all be history.

92. Love will find a way.

93. One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

94. Shared joy is a double joy.
Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

95. The best things in life are free.

96. The darkest hour is just before dawn.

97. The journey is the reward.

98. The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

99. When one door closes… another one opens.

100. Those who wish to sing.. always find a song.

101. Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets. – American Proverb

102. Failure is the foundation of success; if one plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal. – Chinese Proverb

103. When I want to think, I sit. When I want to change, I act. – Japanese Proverb

104. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Chinese Proverb

105. A patient person never misses a thing. – Swahili Proverb

106. A rolling stone gathers no moss. – English Proverb

107. Drop by drop, a lake becomes. – Bulgarian Proverb

108. No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed. – Hawaiian Proverb

109. There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out. – Russian Proverb

110. If you can’t live longer, live deeper. – Italian Proverb

111. Begin to weave and God will give the thread. – German Proverb

112. If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. – Zimbabwe Proverb

113. The best candle is understanding. – Welsh Proverb

114. Where love reigns, the impossible may be attained. – Indian Proverb

115. Still waters run deep. – Latin Proverb

116. The night rinses what the day has soaped. – Swiss Proverb

117. A beautiful thing is never perfect. – Egyptian Proverb

118. When the sun rises, it rises for everyone. – Cuban Proverb

119. Unity is power. – Arabic Proverb

120. Don’t worry about eggs that haven’t been laid yet. – German Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

121. Failure makes smart. – German Proverb

122. Starting is easy, persistence is an art. – German Proverb

123. Wisdom does not come overnight. – Somali Proverb

124. Those who have saved one life, have saved the entire world. – Tibetan Proverb

125. The area covered by your life is not as important as what you can build on it. – Swahili Proverb

126. A gentle word opens an iron gate. – Bulgarian Proverb

127. The person who trusts is happy; the person who doubts is wise. – Hungarian Proverb

128. There’s more to dancing than a pair of nice shoes. – Icelandic Proverb

129. The strength of a tree lies in its roots – not in its branches. – Dutch Proverb

130. The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears. – Native American Proverb

131. Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I’ll understand. – Native American Proverb

132. Speak truth in humility to all people. Only then can you be a true man. – Native American Proverb

133. When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. – Native American Proverb

134. Morning makes the day. – Sicilian Proverb

135. Love and faith are seen in works. – Spanish Proverb

136. Every season brings its joy. – Spanish Proverb

137. Venture all; see what fate brings. – Vietnamese Proverb

138. Fortune favours the brave. – Vietnamese Proverb

139. Good actions are never lost. – Turkish Proverb

140. Wish well, be well. – Turkish Proverb

141. Live today, forget the past. – Greek Proverb

142. A gift, though small, is welcome. – Greek Proverb

143. Kindness begets kindness. Greek Proverb

144. Castles were built a stone at a time. – Irish Proverb

145. May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for. – Irish Proverb

146. A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials. – Chinese Proverb

147. He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness. – Chinese Proverb

148. A friend in need is a friend indeed. – Chinese Proverb

149. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. – Chinese Proverb

150. A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect. – Chinese Proverb

151. A healthy man is a successful man. – French Proverb

152. Bear with evil and expect good. – French Proverb

153. Give time time. – Italian Proverb

154. Better give a penny then lend twenty. – Italian Proverb

155. A good retreat is better than a bad stand. – Irish Proverb

156. There is light at the end of the tunnel. – Irish Proverb

157. Every road has two directions. – Russian Proverb

158. Praise loudly, blame softly. – Russian Proverb

159. Take time to smell the roses. – Russian Proverb

160. Every seed knows its time. – Russian Proverb

161. To the grateful man give more than he asks. – Spanish Proverb

162. Home is where the heart is. – Spanish Proverb

163. Abundance is from activity. – Turkish Proverb

164. Tomorrow is another day. – Turkish Proverb

165. Without perseverance talent is a barren bed. – Welsh Proverb

166. Your hand is never the worse for doing its own work. – Welsh Proverb

167. Conscience is the nest where all good is hatched. – Welsh Proverb

168. The smoothest way is full of stones. – Yiddish Proverb

169. The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. – Yiddish Proverb

170. Confidence is half of victory. – Yiddish Proverb

171. The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be. – Chinese Proverb

172. Nothing is impossible for a willing heart. – French Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

173. God gives to those who get up early. – Russian Proverb

174. You need a sharp axe for a tough bough. – Russian Proverb

175. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. – American Proverb

176. The first step is always the hardest. – American Proverb

177. It’s better to keep what little you have, than to risk it for something more. – American Proverb

178. He conquers who conquers himself. – Latin Proverb

179. While I breathe, I hope. – Latin Proverb

180. He who dares wins. – Latin Proverb

181. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

182. A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment. – Indian Proverb

183. Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision – Indian Proverb

184. No one was ever lost on a straight road. – Indian Proverb

185. To long for everything: sorrow; to accept everything: joy. – Indian Proverb

186. Where there is sunshine, there is also shade. – Indian Proverb

187. It is a greater gift to give than to receive. – Indian Proverb

188. If not today — when? – Indian Proverb

189. Goodness reaches further than badness. – Indian Proverb

190. Service is greatness. – Indian Proverb

191. The key to all things is determination. – Arabic Proverb

192. Movement is a blessing. – Arabic Proverb

193. The purest people are the ones with good manners. – Arabic Proverb

194. If you reach for the highest of ideals, you shouldn’t settle for less than the stars. – Arabic Proverb

195. If you can’t reward then you should thank. – Arabic Proverb

196. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Austrian Proverb

197. A light is still a light — even though the blind man cannot see it. – Austrian Proverb

198. Imitate the sundial’s ways, count only the pleasant days. – Austrian Proverb

199. One door is shut, but a thousand are open. – Argentine Proverb

200. A man who develops himself is born twice. – Argentine Proverb

201. Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald. – Belgian Proverb

202. We have quite enough to do weeding our own garden. – Belgian Proverb

203. An old man with a torn sleeve never dishonored anyone. – Brazilian Proverb

204. One who does not look ahead remains behind. – Brazilian Proverb

205. Goodwill makes the road shorter. – Brazilian Proverb

206. If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will spare yourself one hundred days of tears. – Cambodian Proverb

207. Cultivate a heart of love that knows no anger. – Cambodian Proverb

208. The boat sails by, the shore remains. – Cambodian Proverb

209. A good horse has many faults; a bad one has hardly any. – Croatian Proverb

210. Much more than you have sown will grow in your garden. – Croatian Proverb

211. God’s mills mill slowly, but surely. – Czech Proverb

212. You will get furthest with honesty. – Czech Proverb

213. Don’t extinguish something that does not burn you. – Czech Proverb

214. Early bird hops further. – Czech Proverb

215. He who saves shall have as much as three. – Czech Proverb

216. He who waits shall live to see. – Czech Proverb

217. The Lord will drench you with His showers, but he will dry you with His sun. – Czech Proverb

218. When in need, you shall know a friend. – Czech Proverb

219. Consider each day of your life to be the best. – Czech Proverb

220. Warm food, warm friendships. – Czech Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

221. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. – Danish Proverb

222. No one is so tall that he never needs to stretch, and no one is so short that he never needs to stoop. – Danish Proverb

223. He knows the water best who has waded through it. – Danish Proverb

224. Care, and not fine stables, make a good horse. – Danish Proverb

225. He must stand high that would see the end of his own destiny. – Danish Proverb

226. Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. – Danish Proverb

227. A royal heart is often hid under a tattered cloak. – Danish Proverb

228. A friend’s faults may be notices, but not blamed. – Danish Proverb

229. God help the sheep when the wolf is judge. – Danish Proverb

230. Better suffer for truth, than prosper by falsehood. – Danish Proverb

231. Better is the branch that bends, than the branch that breaks. – Danish Proverb

232. A small fire that warms you, is better than a large one that burns you. – Danish Proverb

233. Better to ask twice than to lose your way once. – Danish Proverb

234. Act so in the valley, that you need not fear those who stand on the hill. – Danish Proverb

235. He that desires but little has no need of much. – Danish Proverb

236. Deceit is in haste, but honesty can wait a fair leisure. – Danish Proverb

237. As the virtue in the tree, such is the fruit. – Danish Proverb

238. A large fire often comes from a small spark. – Danish Proverb

239. He that bears the cross, blesses himself first. – Danish Proverb

240. He who would leap far must first take a long run. – Danish Proverb

241. Whilst doing one learns. – Dutch Proverb

242. Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship. – Dutch Proverb

243. Not shooting means always missing. – Dutch Proverb

244. After rain comes fair weather. – Dutch Proverb

245. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. – Dutch Proverb

246. Men can bear all things except good days. – Dutch Proverb

247. One should do nothing with a false heart. – Egyptian Proverb

248. Who has not done any evil act, his or her heart may be found right. – Egyptian Proverb

249. For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns, too. – Egyptian Proverb

250. A small house can lodge a hundred friends. – Egyptian Proverb

251. He who rows goes far. – Estonian Proverb

252. Who works in sweat will eat with appetite. – Estonian Proverb

253. Who does not jump into water will not learn to swim. – Estonian Proverb

254. Who shares is a king. – Estonian Proverb

255. You shall have the good that you bring. – Estonian Proverb

256. He who seeks shall find. – Estonian Proverb

257. Who is good will be rewarded. – Estonian Proverb

258. Who suffers will have no regrets. – Estonian Proverb

259. Who works hard will feel no hunger. – Estonian Proverb

260. A man who has learned much is rich. – Estonian Proverb

261. One who runs alone cannot be outrun. – Ethiopian Proverb

262. Whether it rains or stops raining, the lentils have two eyes. – Ethiopian Proverb

263. The sky is so close for him who sits. – Ethiopian Proverb

264. You are like dew even before it rains. – Ethiopian Proverb

265. A good name is better than good perfume. – Ethiopian Proverb

266. Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. – Ethiopian Proverb

267. When one is prepared, difficulties do not come. – Ethiopian Proverb

268. Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it. – Ethiopian Proverb

269. No one knows what the dawn will bring. – Ethiopian Proverb

270. Beauty will fade, but not goodness. – Filipino Proverb

271. Boldness is the fruit of hope. – Filipino Proverb

272. While the blanket is short, learn to bend. – Filipino Proverb

273. Life is like a wheel, sometimes at the top, sometimes at the bottom. – Filipino Proverb

274. He who gives alms to the poor faces heaven. – Filipino Proverb

275. If you plant, you harvest. – Filipino Proverb

276. When a man remembers the land, the land remembers him. – Finnish Proverb

277. Happiness is a place between too little and too much. – Finnish Proverb

278. Life is uncertain so eat your desert first. – Finnish Proverb

279. A new day shows a new way. – Finnish Proverb

Inspirational Proverbs

280. Express yourself earnestly, and you have no reason for shame even if you lack talent. – Finnish Proverb

281. Never underestimate a quiet person, for he may have qualities that belie his quiet nature. – Indonesian Proverb

282. Diligence is the beginning of brilliance. – Indonesian Proverb

283. The firm tree does not fear the storm. – Indonesian Proverb

284. Goodness shouts. Evil whispers. – Indonesian Proverb

285. Don’t sell the sun to buy a candle. – Jewish Proverb

286. Even the most expensive clock still shows sixty minutes in every hour. – Jewish Proverb

287. Charity is the spice of riches. – Jewish Proverb

288. God is closest to those with broken hearts. – Jewish Proverb

289. It is heavy to carry, but you cannot throw it away. – Jewish Proverb

290. If you pray for another, you will be helped yourself. – Jewish Proverb

291. You know, you teach. You do not know, you learn. – Laotian Proverb

292. If you like to have things easy, you’ll have difficulties; if you like problems, you will succeed. – Laotian Proverb

293. As long as you live, you learn. – Latvian Proverb

294. Every man forges his own destiny. – Latvian Proverb

295. Sleep on a bed of silver and dream of gold. – Lithuanian Proverb

296. Without pains no gains. – Lithuanian Proverb

297. One who sits by the well will never go thirsty. – Malay Proverb

298. If you have, give; if you lack, seek. – Malay Proverb

299. Do not measure another man’s coat on your body. – Malay Proverb

300. The more sorrow one encounters, the more joy one can contain. – Malay Proverb

301. In youth we learn, in old age we understand. – Mexican Proverb

302. The good judge starts at home. – Mexican Proverb

303. Let him attack who will; the strong wait. – Mexican Proverb

304. Necessity is mother of every invention. – Mexican Proverb

305. If you’re going to rest under the sun, it’s better to keep walking. – Mexican Proverb

306. Truth suffers but never perishes. – Mexican Proverb

307. Hope dies last of all. – Mexican Proverb

308. Walk your own road and bear your own load. – Mexican Proverb

309. There’s no worse struggle than one that never begins. – Mexican Proverb

310. Better alone unattached than unsuitably matched. – Mexican Proverb

311. If you want to build high, you must dig deep. – Mongolian Proverb

312. Do not start if afraid, once begun do not be afraid. – Mongolian Proverb

313. If you endeavour, the fate will favour you. – Mongolian Proverb

314. Don’t look for bad things in the good that you do. – Mongolian Proverb

315. Even foul water will quench fire. – Mongolian Proverb

316. A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad. – Nigerian Proverb

317. The man who is honored, has first honored himself. – Nigerian Proverb

318. Courage is the father of success. – Nigerian Proverb

319. Thoughts and dreams are the foundation of our being. – Nigerian Proverb

320. It is not only the hare, the tortoise arrives also at the destination. – Nigerian Proverb

321. Every little helps. – Traditional Proverb

322. A year of snow, a year of plenty. – Traditional Proverb

323. Add life to your years, don’t worry about adding years to your life. – Traditional Proverb

324. Act as though it is impossible to fail. – Traditional Proverb

325. All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today and yesterday. – Traditional Proverb

326. A tribulation is better than a hundred warnings. – Traditional Proverb

327. A difference to be a difference must make a difference. – Traditional Proverb

328. A lion sleeps in the heart of every brave man. – Traditional Proverb

329. Footprints on the sands of time are never made by sitting down. – Traditional Proverb

330. All is within yourself. Know your most inward self and look for what corresponds with it in nature. – Traditional Proverb

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