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Ukrainian Proverbs and Sayings

Ukrainian proverbs are influenced by the people's history and many common ways. Here are 44 proverbs of Ukraina so far.


The fear of death takes away from the simple joy of living.*

A woman is not a harmonica that you put aside when you have used it.

A woman's beauty cannot warm a winter's night.

Dogs don't know how to swim until the water reaches their ears.

Every road has two directions.

Fire starts with sparks.

Fools love not the wise, drunkards love not the sober.

He that fears death may inhibit his entire life.*

Health is more important than wealth; "Good health is above wealth".

It is easier to destroy than to build.

It is light grief that can take counsel.

It is love that makes the world go round.

It is no use crying over spilt milk.

"Love cannot be forced."

Love your neighbour, but don't pull down your hedge.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Many words will not fill a bushel.

Money makes money.

No matter how hard you try, the bull will never give milk.

Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it.

One swallow doesn't make a spring [or summer].

Praise the day in the evening and your wife in the morning.

Rats desert a sinking ship.

Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.

Roll my log and I'll roll yours.

Saying and doing are two things.

Still waters run deep.

Tastes differ.

That's where the shoe pinches.

The devil likes to hide behind a cross.

The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.

The earth will cover the doctor's mistakes.

The end crowns the work.

The mother remembers her youth and so does not trust her daughter.

There are no old friendships in business.

There is a small choice in rotten apples.

Time is money.

To have rats in the attic.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Too much pudding will choke a dog.

What can't be cured must be endured.

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes; fools by their own.

You can get farther with a friendly word than with a club.


Ukrainian proverbs, proverbs of Ukraine, Literature  

Chus, Galina, coll. Poslovitsa nedarom molvitsya (etc.) (Proverbe ne peut mentir: 5000 proverbes anglais, français, russes et ukrainiens). Paperback. Moskva: Editorial URSS, 2013. ⍽▢⍽ The book contains 5000 proverbs in all, and 1707 of them are Ukrainian.

Hrebinka, IEvhen Pavlovych. Malorossiiskiia prikazki. St. Petersburg: H. Grech, 1836. ⍽▢⍽ Online.

Markovych, Opanas Vasyl'ovych, og Matvi Symoniv, colls. Ukraïns'ki prykazky, prysliv'ia i take inshe. St. Petersburg: V drukarnikh Tiblena i Kulisha, 1864. ⍽▢⍽ Online work of Ukrainian proverbs and expressions that the Tzar regime did not censor. In 2012 a Let Me Print reprint appeared.

Turkewicz-Sanko, Helene, red. Treasury of Ukrainian Love Poems, Quotations and Proverbs. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997. ⍽▢⍽ Poems from Ukraina in Ukrainian and English. Included are Ukrainian proverbs and quotations of Ukrainian authors.

Harvesting the hay

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