We selected 10 important Greek Proverbs for you, which are used very regularly in the Greek language. Every culture and language has a collection of wise sayings that gives advice about how to live your life. These are the so-called proverbs.
In Greek, they are called: οι παροιμίες.
Of course, when you start learning Greek, proverbs are difficult to memorize, and it is easier to start learning the Everyday Greek Wishes and very common Greek expressions first. Therefore, you are welcome to click here and download our free eBook + English translation and Audio.
However, apart from the basic and daily vocabulary, it’s fun to know some common Greek proverbs because you will hear them frequently.
Learning Greek proverbs can also help you to understand more about Greek culture or the way people think in Greece!
10 Greek Proverbs
1.’Είπε ο γάιδαρος τον πετεινό κεφάλα.’
( = the donkey called the rooster big-headed)
Meaning: Someone criticizes another person for a fault he has himself! Look who is talking!
2. ‘Αγάλι-αγάλι γίνεται η αγουρίδα μέλι.’
( = unripe grape gets sweet as honey, at a slow pace)
Meaning: It takes time to grow bigger or better (for people, ideas, projects, etc.) Patience!
3. ‘Όταν λείπει η γάτα, χορεύουν τα ποντίκια.’
( = when the cat’s away, the mice dance)
Meaning: When a person in authority is not present, the others enjoy their freedom!
4.’Μάτια που δε βλέπονται, γρήγορα λησμονιούνται.’
( = people who do not see each other frequently, they soon forget each other)
5. ‘Η καμήλα δε βλέπει την καμπούρα της.’
( = the camel doesn’t/can’t see her own hump)
Meaning: We easily criticize and point out other people’s faults and weaknesses but we fail to see ours.
6. Όποιος είναι έξω απ’τον χορό, πολλά τραγούδια ξέρει. OR Έξω απ’ το χορό λες πολλά τραγούδια.
(=From outside the dance-circle, you sing a lot of songs)
Meaning: It is easy to talk about something if you do not do it yourself! Easier said than done.
7. Η γλώσσα κόκαλα δεν έχει, αλλά κόκαλα τσακίζει.
(=The tongue/language has no bones, but bones it crushes.)
Meaning: The pen is mightier than the sword.
8. Oι πολλές γνώμες βουλιάζουν το καράβι.
(=Too many opinions sink the boat.)
Meaning: It is difficult to take any decisions with too many opinions. Equivalent to the English “Too many cooks spoil the broth”.
9. Σπίτι μου σπιτάκι μου και σπιτοκαλυβάκι μου.
(=My home, my little home, a little house of my own.)
Meaning: Greek equivalent of “Home, sweet home”.
10. Τα πολλά λόγια είναι φτώχια.
(= Many words is poverty.)
Meaning: This proverb is advice against talking too much; You better act than just talk!
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