„Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society’s values and beliefs is its proverbs” As a continuation of „You know you’re Hungarian when…” we collected 20 of humorous sayings, wise proverbs and inspiring quotes of Hungary.
Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. They have been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation , until were recorded and became a folklore treasure. Many traditional sayings are still in general use today.
Proverbs are pearls of wisdom that condense good thoughts, morals and habits of long time into short, crisp sentences. Knowledge of proverbs is necessary for perfect knowledge of a language.
The expressions and sayings listed here will hopefully bring a smile to your face.
Még a falnak is füle van.
English: Even walls have ears.
Meaning: what you say may be overheard; used as a warning.
A hazug embert hamarabb utolérik, mint a sánta kutyát.
English: They catch up with a liar sooner than with a limping dog.
Meaning: your lies will come to light sooner than you think.
Nem esik messze az alma a fájától.
English: The apple falls close to its tree.
Meaning: children often follow the example of their parents in their behaviour.
Nincsen rózsa tövis nélkül.
English: There is no rose without thorns.
Meaning: nothing is perfect.
Ki mint vet, úgy arat.
English: They way you sow is the way your reap.
Meaning: you will get what you deserve.
Sok kicsi sokra megy.
English: Lots of small will amount to a lot.
Meaning: many small things can add up a big one.
Addig jár a korsó a kútra, míg el nem törik.
English: A mug keeps going to the well until it breaks eventually.
Meaning: if you constantly take the risk, you will finally be in trouble.
Aki a kicsit nem becsüli a nagyot nem érdemli
English: Who doesn’t appreciate the litte does not deserve the big.
Meaning: if you don’t cherish the little, you don’t deserve the more.
Nem akarásnak nyögés a vége.
English: Unwillingness ends in groaning.
Meaning: lazyness brings struggle.
Minden csoda 3 napig tart.
English: All miracles last 3 days.
Meaning: novelty always wears off eventually.
Ahány ház annyi szokás.
English: There are as many customs as houses.
Meaning: everyone has his/her own habits.
A tiltott gyümölcs a legédesebb.
English: The forbidden fruit is the sweetest.
Meaning: things that you must not do are always the most desirable ones.
Amelyik kutya ugat, az nem harap.
English: The dog that barks doesn’t bite.
Meaning: people who make the loudest threats are the least likely to take action.
A szükség a legnagyobb tanítómester.
English: Necessity is the greatest teacher.
Meaning: you can work better in an emergency.
Nem mind arany, ami fénylik.
English: Not all that glitters is gold.
Meaning: an attractive appearancemay cover or hide a much less favourable content.
Jó pap holtig tanul.
English: A good priest learns till he dies.
Meaning: learning is important.
Sok lúd disznót győz.
English: Lots of geese can conquer pigs.
Meaning: power in numbers.
A lónak négy lába van, mégis megbotlik.
English: The horse has four legs and still stumbles.
Meaning: even the best can fail.
Más kárán tanul az okos.
English: The smart one will learn from the mistakes of others.
Meaning: wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.
Nem látja a fától az erdőt.
English: Can’t see the forest from the trees.
Meaning: he/she misses the point.