Tibetan proverbs: sayings and idioms


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Collection of Tibetan proverbs, sayings and popular sayings in Tibet translated into Italian, as testimony to the wisdom of this thoughtful people.


Tibetan idioms

- Wood is light on water. And the stones seem light on wood.

- It is important to change one's conscience and not external behavior.


- Living in harmony with everyone is the essence of morality.

- Every ray of dawn takes your most beautiful night dreams by the hand. And lead them to reality.

- Stupidity: hosting the thief in the house and blocking the door from the outside.


- Before death a person's thoughts should be white, after death his bones are white.

- A fortune that lasts too long is always suspect.

- The lotus flower on the water does not know the reason for its swing.


- Eloquence is not intelligence. Strength is not courage.

- The life of all living beings is like a bubble on the water.

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- Don't be afraid to meet loneliness. It is a rare opportunity to make friends with yourself.

- Our place in life was previously determined, but the correct actions are the result of our hands.

- A madman makes one mistake. The wise man makes hundreds of them.

- In this world and the other, if it is in your destiny, you will be purified.

- The thief does not know where the Buddha lives.

- Entering a rebirth voluntarily is like taking poison intentionally.

- When a man kneels, heaven forgives.


- All types of action are taken into account by the Lord of Compassion, because the ears of the Compassionate listen a lot.

- Most kings love flattery; rare is that king who listens to the truth.

- If Buddha does not do his job, death cannot be invited to Heaven.

- Do not put the load destined for a yak on a cow.

- It is not necessary to teach the alphabet to the Buddha, nor to give blazing light to the sun.

- How can you grab a fish without getting your feet wet first?


- Of visible and invisible knowledge, the root of everything is absolute wisdom.

- Without climbing the mountain of adversity you cannot reach the expanse of happiness.

- It is better to be silent with a good heart than to pretend to be religious with a bad one.

- Honor a king in his land; honor a wise man everywhere.

- When the pupil of the human eye fixates on something, a devil is forged within the white snow cover of the heart.

- When a fool pretends to be intelligent, he seems even more foolish.

- Dust particles must not enter the pupil, lies must not penetrate religion.

- Promises: born like burning fires. And they end up like broken arches.

Tibetan sayings

- Better good thoughts than good rituals.

- Language never ends until it reaches its root.

- For the wise one sign is enough, for a non-wise one, words are needed.

- The companion of the lone traveler is his shadow.


- At the moment of dying, ardent in saying prayers. When traveling, strong in saddling the stallion.

- Where there is an incapable king, a proud fool and an evil wife, peace is achieved only by leaving that place.

- If you want to throw a man into the river, you must also risk falling into the water

- Dust particles must not enter the pupil, lies must not penetrate religion.

- Of a soul not disappointed on the inside, the actions on the outside will be intact.

- If the target is good, the arrow hits better.

- He who has the lordship of his soul is as if he had overcome his enemy.

- A tiger knows eighteen tricks to attack, a nineteen fox to hide.

- Those who live in the circle of the sun are like a moth that doesn't need a torch.

- Waking up early in the morning is like getting a horse, going to bed late at night is like losing a cow.

- Like an empty bag, the same inside and out.

- There are three things that will never come back: the arrow shot, the words you say, the missed opportunity.


- The cedar leaves, even if burned in the fire, give off their aroma.

- He who saved a life, saved the whole world.

- Act in such a way that you don't have to raise your mustache for joy, nor shed tears in sad moments.

- An uneducated child is like a bird without wings.

- Better to prune a seasoned fruit tree with skill than to plant a new one and wait for the harvest.

- The madman is like a stream that follows each channel.

- The men of three generations are really old, the gods of three generations are really old, even the birth of the world came from the oldest ice.

- Words are simple water bubbles; actions are drops of gold.

- The hangover must pass through the mouth, the reasoning through the brain.

- Instead of being the leader of a bad group, be the servant of a good teacher.

- Having eaten together, one should then agree on the discussion.

- The feelings that are expressed are like medicine. The feelings that are hidden are like poison.


- In the absence of the rooster, the monkey keeps time. In the absence of the dog, the pig rummages through the bones.

- To change the world we must first change ourselves.

- Profit increases three times, loss nine.

Tibetan proverbs

- It is easier to pierce an enemy than to hold a conversation.

- If you're not happy, it's all your fault.

- Medicine that heals isn't always sweet and caring words aren't always pleasant.

- Even with a lamp in his hands a blind man does not see his way.

- Do exterior cleaning with water, interior with words.

- When a blind man escorts a blind man, they both fall into the river.

- If it's here, it's everywhere. If it's not here, it's nowhere.

- The king seated on the throne has the good fortune of glory, the flower born on the lawn has the good fortune of the gods.

- Who can say with certainty that he will live until he sees tomorrow?


- The rock is from the river, the boundary of the field.

- You have to know joy and pain to recognize happiness and bad luck.

- When there is a destination, the desert also becomes a road.

- Disappointment follows a happy desire, actions only bring about suffering.

- Too much attachment produces hatred. Too much sweetness produces nausea.

- If one desires true happiness, one must know how to remain intact in suffering.

- Don't praise my luck before I'm dead and gone.

- If you are rich, there can be loss, if you are poor, only gain.

- If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will avoid a hundred days of pain.

- When you die, you rejoice and the world cries.

- Knowing a single word of wisdom is like knowing a hundred ordinary words.

- Even the smallest task is difficult to accomplish without effort.

- Without the help of a woman, a man cannot set up a tent.

- If the snow falls, you will find it on the roof, if guests arrive, you will find them at the door.

- May heaven not be born lender of money, may heaven not be born to borrow it.

- The vase can be broken, but its model will continue to exist in the mind.

- A man should learn to offer others victory and profit. To take upon itself the defeat and the loss.

- A field without proper sowing is wasteful. Knowledge without proper education is a waste.

- Imagination heals chaos in the heart.

- If nobody made us angry with who could we practice patience?

- It is better to live one day like a tiger than a thousand years like sheep.

- A braggart has no courage, muddy water has no depth.

20 Proverbs from Tibet (September 2022)


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