Czech proverbs

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There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
Alfred Adler
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A

B

  • "Bez práce nejsou koláče."
    • Translation: There are no cakes without work.
  • "Boží mlýny melou pomalu, ale jistě."
    • Translation: God's mills mill slowly, but surely.
  • "Bez peněz do hospody nelez."
    • Translation: Never go to a pub without money.
    • Meaning: Never enter into an activity with a price, without that price.

C

  • "Co na srdci, to na jazyku."
    • Translation: What in the heart that on the tongue.
    • English Equivalent: "Dutch uncle"
    • Meaning: One is too frank.
  • "Co můžeš udělat dnes, neodkládej na zítřek."
    • Translation, English equivalent: Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  • "Co se v mládí naučíš, ve stáří jako když najdeš."
    • Translation: What have you learned young, you'll find useful when you are old.
  • "Čistota půl zdraví."
    • Translation: Cleanliness is half of health.
    • English: Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

D

  • "Dvakrát měř, jednou řež."
    • Translation: Measure twice, cut once.
  • "Darovanému koni na zuby nekoukej"
    • Translation: Don't look at a gift horse's teeth.
    • English equivalent: Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • "Devatero řemesel - desátá bída."
    • Ennead of trade - tenth misery.

E

F

G

H

  • "Hlad je nejlepší kuchař."
    • Translation: Hunger is the best cook.
    • English equivalent: Hunger is the best spice.
  • "Host a ryba třetí den smrdí."
    • Translation: A guest and a fish stink on the third day.
    • English equivalent: Guests and fish stink after three days.
  • "Host do domu, bůh do domu."
    • Translation: Guest in the house, god in the house.

I

J

  • "Jablko nepadá daleko od stromu."
    • Translation: "An apple does not fall far from the tree."
  • "Jak kdo zaseje, tak také sklidí."
    • Translation: As one sows, so shall he reap.
    • English equivalent: As you sow, so shall you reap.
  • "Jak se do lesa volá, tak se z lesa ozývá."
    • Translation: The way you yell into a forest, the way it echoes out.
    • Meaning: You get what you give.
  • "Jak si kdo ustele, tak si také lehne."
    • Translation: As one makes his bed, that way he shall lie down.
    • English equivalent: As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
  • "Jedna vlaštovka jaro nedělá."
    • One swallow dones't make a spring

K

  • "Kdo dřív přijde, ten dřív mele."
    • Translation: He who comes sooner shall mill/grind sooner.
    • English equivalent: First come, first served.
  • "Kdo chce, hledá způsoby, kdo nechce, hledá důvody."
    • Translation: He who really wants looks for solutions, he who doesn't want looks for pleas.
  • "Kdo je (moc) zvědavý, bude brzy starý."
    • Translation: He who is (too) curious shall grow old soon.
    • English equivalent: Curiosity killed the cat.
  • "Kdo neumí, ten čumí."
    • Translation: He who doesn't know how just stares.
  • "Kdo jinému jámu kopá, sám do ní padá."
    • Translation: He who digs a pit trap for someone falls into it himself.
  • "Kdo se směje naposledy, ten se směje nejlépe."
    • Translation, English equivalent: He who laughs last laughs best.
  • "Kdo si počká, ten se dočká."
    • Translation: He who waits shall live to see.
    • English equivalent: All things come to him who waits.
  • "Kdo šetří, má za tři."
    • Translation: He who saves shall have as [much as] three [people].
    • English equivalent: A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • "Kdo zaváhá, nežere."
    • Translation: He who's late won't get the grub.
    • English equivalent: First come, first served.
  • "Kolik řečí znáš, tolikrát jsi člověkem."
    • Translation: You are as many times a human as many languages you know.
  • "Komu se nelení, tomu se zelení."
    • Translation: He who is not lazy shall get much green.
    • Meaning: Who is not lazy will be successful.
  • "Kovářovic kobyla chodí bosa."
    • Translation: The blacksmith's mare walks without horseshoes.
    • English equivalent: It's the cobbler's children that go barefoot.
    • Meaning: You never serve yourself what you serve the others.
  • "Kdo chce psa bít, hůl si vždycky najde"
    • Translation: He who wants to beat the dog will always be able to find the stick"
    • Meaning: If you want to do something bad, you will always find a reason/excuse for it.

L

  • "Lépe pozdě než nikdy."
    • Translation, English equivalent: Better late than never.
  • "Lepší jeden prd než deset doktorů."
    • Translation: Better one fart than ten doctors.
  • "Lepší vrabec v hrsti než holub na střeše."
    • Translation: Better a sparrow in the hand than a pigeon on the roof.
    • English equivalent: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • "Lež má krátké nohy."
    • Translation: A lie has short legs.
    • English equivalent: A lie has no legs.
  • "Líná huba, holé neštěstí."
    • Translation: The lazy mouth, a sheer disaster.
    • If you don't ask you don't get.

M

  • "Malé ryby taky ryby."
    • Translation: Even small fish are fish.
  • "Mezi slepými jednooký králem."
    • Translation, English equivalent: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is the king.
  • "Mnoho psů, zajícova smrt."
    • Translation: Many dogs, rabbit's death.

N

  • "Nehas, co tě nepálí."
    • Translation: Don't put out a fire that isn't burning you.
    • Meaning: "Don't get involved into other peoples' problems." The underlying meaning is either not to poke one's nose into other peoples' business, but more often it is meant as a controversial advice not to waste one's effort on issues that are indifferent to one (or might even cause hardship to one).
  • "Není všechno zlato, co se třpytí."
    • Translation, English equivalent: Not all that glitters is gold.

O

  • "Oko za oko, zub za zub."
    • Translation, English equivalent: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

P

  • "Pes, který štěká, nekouše."
    • Translation: A dog that barks doesn't bite.
    • English equivalent: Barking dogs seldom bite.
  • "Pivo dělá hezká těla."
    • Translation: Beer makes beautiful bodies.
    • Meaning: A warning to the misleading effects of alcohol.
    • Ironic reference to "beer belly", associated with overweight men who spend too much time in pubs eating and drinking beer.
  • "Po bitvě je každý generálem."
    • Translation: After a battle everyone is a general.
    • English equivalent: Hindsight is 20-20.
  • "Pod svícnem bývá největší tma."
    • Translation, English equivalent: The darkest place is under the candlestick.
  • "Pozdě bycha honiti."
    • Translation, English equivalent: Marry in haste, repent in leisure.
  • "Pýcha předchází pád."
    • Translation: Pride goes before, and fall comes after.
    • English equivalent: Pride goes before, and shame comes after.
    • English equivalent: Pride will have a fall.

R

  • "Ranní ptáče dál doskáče."
    • Translation: Early bird hops further.
    • English equivalent: The early bird catches the worm.
  • "Ráno moudřejší večera."
    • Translation: The morning is wiser than the evening.
  • "Ryba smrdí od hlavy."
    • Translation, English equivalent: The fish stinks from the head.

S

  • "S poctivostí nejdál dojdeš."
    • Translation: With honesty you will get the furthest.
    • English equivalent: Honesty is the best policy.
  • "Stokrát nic umořilo osla."
    • Translation: A hundred times nothing killed the donkey.
    • Meaning: Even the smallest chores are tiresome (if there is too many).

T

  • "Tak dlouho se chodí se džbánem pro vodu, až se ucho utrhne."
    • Translation: So long does one walk with a jug for water, until one day the handle breaks off."
  • "Tichá voda břehy mele."
    • Translation: Silent waters wash out banks.
    • English equivalent: Still waters run deep.
  • "Trpělivost ruže přináší."
    • Translation: Patience brings roses.
    • English equivalent: Patience is the best remedy.

U

V

  • "V nouzi poznáš přítele."
    • Translation: When in need, you shall know a friend.
    • English equivalent: A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • "Vrána k vráně sedá, (rovný rovného si hledá.)"
    • Translation: A crow sits next to a crow, (one searches for an equal.)
    • English equivalent: Birds of a feather flock together.
  • "Vrána vráně oči nevyklove."
    • Translation: A crow will not peck out a crow's eyes.
    • English equivalent: Dogs don't eat dogs.
  • "Všechny cesty vedou do Říma."
    • Translation, English equivalent: All roads lead to Rome.
  • "Všude dobře, doma nejlépe."
    • Translation: Everywhere is well, at home it's best.
    • English equivalent: East or West, home is best.
  • "Vyřčené slovo nevrátíš."
    • Translation, English equivalent: A word spoken is past recalling.
  • "V zdravém těle zdravý duch."
    • Translation: In a healthy body a healthy spirit.
    • English equivalent: A sound mind in a sound body.

Z

  • "Zakázané ovoce chutná nejlépe."
    • Translation: Forbidden fruit tastes best.
    • English equivalent: Forbidden fruit is the sweetest.
  • "Žádný učený z nebe nespadl."
    • Translation: Wise men don't fall from the sky.
    • Meaning: Knowledge doesn't come easily.