Eskimo proverbs: sayings and idioms

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Selection of Eskimo proverbs, sayings and most used idioms, translated into Italian, as testimony to the wisdom of the Eskimo population divided into the Inuit and Yupic ethnic groups, accustomed to glacial temperatures.


Eskimos idioms

- Time and ice are great teachers.

- We didn't inherit the Earth we live on from our fathers, we borrowed it from our children.


- It is not the cold that kills, but the wind.

- By dint of loving a flower, it is born.

- If you don't want problems with the bear, don't show fear or aggression.


- To know where you are going, you must first know where you are from.

- Your dogs should be raised like your children.

- The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.


- True wisdom is found far from people in great solitude.

Eskimos sayings

- After you have been bitten by a bear, your life is no longer so sweet.

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- Even the strongest eagle cannot go higher than the stars.

- First the bear and then the bride.

- A smile explains everything.

- May your charity increase as much as your wealth.

- For every starving polar bear there is a seal that laughs.

- Those who boast of their knowledge show their ignorance.

- The whip makes the dog, the gift makes the slave.


- If you think a hole in the water is useless, wait until winter and try to go fishing.

Eskimo proverbs

- May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp and peace in your heart.

- Make friends with wolves, but keep your ax ready.

- Maybe they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost loved ones pours through and shines on us to let us know that they are happy.

- Language is the only tool that sharpens with use.

- Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is wood. Only today the fire blazes.


- An Eskimo under three blankets dies, two Eskimos under a blanket live.

- You never know friends and enemies until the ice breaks.

- Whether you think you can or can't do it, you're equally right.

- When you have gone so far that you cannot take another step, you are only half the distance you are able to travel.

Idioms and Proverbs (February 2021)


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