Hebrew proverbs: sayings and idioms

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Collection of Hebrew proverbs, sayings and popular sayings in Israel translated into Italian, as testimony to the wisdom of this historic people.


Hebrew idioms

- A pessimist, faced with two evils, chooses both.

- Even if you have sixty advisors, advise yourself first.


- God never ordered anyone to be stupid.

- God couldn't be anywhere, so he created mom.

- A bad peace is better than a good war.


- The best place to hide a tree is in a forest.

- Of those who stand, do not sit; among those who sit, do not stand. Among those who laugh, do not cry; among those who cry, do not laugh.

- Man has no other purpose than to be man.


- Sadness closes the doors of paradise, prayer opens them, joy knocks them down.

- When luck comes in, have it settled.

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- When man thinks, God smiles.

- Too much good food is worse than too little bad food.

- All brides are beautiful; all the dead are pious.

- A word said at the right time is like a diamond set in gold.

- Two cats are busy with a lion.

- When man thinks, God smiles.

- God is not rich; all it does is take it from one and give it to another.


- I was unhappy about not having shoes until I saw one without feet.

- Children and money make a beautiful world.

- Youth is a mistake, middle age a battle, and old age a regret.

- Stupidity grows without the need for rain.

- The fool falls on his back and breaks his nose.

- In an argument, leave the door open for reconciliation.


- The whole world rests on the tip of the tongue.

- When a father helps a son, they both smile; but when a son has to help his father, they both cry.

- The righteous one falls seven times and gets up.

- A righteous man who knows he is righteous is not righteous.

- We worry about the past, we stress about the present, we are afraid of the future.

- Check the teeth of the horses. To a human being the brain.

- Of two individuals, one splits the wood, the other grumbles.

Hebrew sayings

- Don't open a shop if you can't smile.

- If a poor man eats a chicken, one of the two is sick.

- Don't sell the sun to buy a candle.

- Better to be cursed than sorry.

- A madman can ask more questions in an hour than how many answers a sage can give in a year.


- A drop of love can bring an ocean of tears.

- Fortunately God lives high, otherwise people would have broken his windows.

- Even the toothless dog grabs the bone.

- The girl who can't dance says that the orchestra can't play.

- The rich man carries God in his pocket, the poor man in his heart.

- A good friend is often better than a brother.

- It is better to bite a friend than to kiss an enemy.

- If you have money in your pocket, you are beautiful, intelligent and you also sing well.

- Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.

- A wise man knows what he says; a fool says what he knows.

- I was unhappy about not having shoes until I saw one without feet.

- If his word was a stick, you couldn't lean on it.


- On the facade that we show to others we show our potential; through our children we reveal our reality.

- Half truth is a whole lie.

- A word is like an arrow. Both are in a hurry to strike.

- The problems are for man what is rust is for iron.

- Women can speak two languages: one before marriage and one after marriage.

- If the rich could hire the poor to die in their place, the poor would earn a good life.

- God is a father; luck is a stepfather.

- Friend is not the one who wipes your tears, but the one who does not make you cry.

- A pain in the heart is better than shame before men.

- A book gives knowledge, but it is life that gives understanding.

- Three things cannot be hidden: love, cough and poverty.

- God could not be everywhere, that's why he created the mother.


- Everything revolves around bread and death.

Hebrew proverbs

- A child's tears reach the sky.

- A beardless Jew is better than a beardless Jew.

- If a man's fate is to drown, he will also drown in a glass of water.

- The ink dries quickly. Tears don't.

- What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent it with your tongue.

- Better to be a wise person in hell than a madman in heaven.

- A word said at the right time is like a diamond set in gold.

- Being without money is always a mistake.

- On the door to success you will find two writings: entry and exit.

- If stupidity were a tree, you would be a wood!

- The sage listens to a word and understands two.


- If it is done at the right time, it is not a sin.

- A mother understands what a child doesn't say.

- An imaginary disease is worse than a real one.

- It is not good to live alone, not even in Heaven.

- He who is silent is half of a madman; the speaker is a complete fool.

- Two Jews, three opinions.

- A lazy person has to do a task twice.

- One of the greatest mysteries of life is how the boy who was not good enough to marry your daughter may be the father of the most intelligent grandson in the world.

- All his teeth should fall out except one to make him suffer.

- If everyone went in one direction, the whole world would turn around.

- Knowing the Torah does not stop you from sinning.

- The human heart is a free place: you can build a paradise or dig a hell from it.

- Never leave a restaurant empty handed.

- Man must live, if only out of curiosity.

- If the horse had something to say, it would learn to speak.

- Only love gives us the flavor of eternity.

- If you cannot be grateful for what you have received, be grateful for what has been spared you.

- People make plans and God laughs.

- Money does not make you happy, but you cry less.

- Don't be too sweet not to be eaten; do not be too bitter not to be vomited.

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