Catalan proverbs

Proverbs from all Catalan speaking parts of the world.

AEdit

  • A boca tancada, no hi entra mosca.
    • Translation: In a shut mouth, no fly will go in.
    • English equivalent: A closed mouth catches no flies.
    • Meaning: It is wise to not speak, when it is not necessary.
    • Pons (1839). Diccionario catalan-castellano. Impr. y Libr. de Pablo Riera. p. 645. 
  • A vegades una gallina cega troba un gra.
    • English equivalent: Even a blind pig may occasionally pick up an acorn.
    • Meaning: "An incompetent person or an unsystematic approach is bound to succeed every now and then by chance."
    • Source for meaning of English equivalent: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 8 September 2013. 
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 36. ISBN 0415096243. 

BEdit

  • Barber piadòs encangrena la plaga.
    • Idiomatic translation: Mild physician – putrid wounds.
    • Meaning: Stern measures makes for a good figurative and literal cure.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 710. ISBN 0415096243. 

CEdit

  • Cada cabell fa sa ombra.
    • Idiomatic translation: A bad bush is better than no shelter; Every hair casts its shadow; There is no little enemy.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 4. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Com més vell més poc cervell.
    • Idiomatic translation: Wisdom goes not always by years.
    • Meaning: Age will not refrain people from acting foolish and imprudent.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1998). Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs (Abbreviated ed.). Routledge. p. 39. ISBN 0415160502. 

DEdit

  • De l'arbre dolent no esperis bon fruit.
    • Idiomatic translation: The apple does not fall far from the tree.
    • Meaning: Children observe daily and — in their behaviour — often follow the example of their parents.
    • Source for meaning: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 259. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 488. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • De mica en mica s'omple la pica i de gota en gota s'omple la bota.
    • Translation: Little by little you fill the sink and drop by drop you fill the barrel.
    • English equivalent: Many a little makes a mickle.
    • Lassen (1988). Das Katalanische Sprichwort: Literarische Tradition Und Umgangssprachlicher Gebrauch. Narr. p. 105. 

EEdit

  • El gos vell quan lladra dona consell.
    • Idiomatic translation: An old dog barks not in vain.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1998). Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs (Abbreviated ed.). Routledge. p. 55. ISBN 0415160502. 
  • El peixos grossos sempre es menjaran els minuts.
    • Translation: The big fish always eat the little fish.
    • English equivalent: Men are like fish; the great ones devour the small.
    • Meaning: "Small organizations or insignificant people tend to be swallowed up or destroyed by those that are greater and more powerful."
    • Source for meaning: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 1 July 2013. 
    • Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 420. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
  • El temps és or.
    • Translation and English equivalent: Time is money.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 1008. ISBN 041509624. 
  • El treball segons el jornal.
    • Translation: What pay, such work.
    • English equivalent: You get what you pay for.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 494. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Entrar per una orella i sortir per l'altre.
    • Translation: In at one ear and out at the other.
    • English equivalent: Advice most needed are the least heeded.
    • Meaning: For various reasons a good advice or a genuine warning is often disregarded or considered of no importance.
    • Source for meaning and proverb: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 179. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
  • És pitjor el remei que la malaltia.
    • Translation: The remedy is worse than the disease.
    • Meaning: The effect of a treatment or bodily enhancement – whether pharmaceutical or not, whether a household remedy or professional-ordained – is often worse than what it was intended to cure or alleviate.
    • Martínez (2011). La senda dels lladres: Bandolerisme als voltants de la serra de Mostalla (1806-1839). Publicacions de la Universitat de València. p. 108. 

LEdit

  • L'àliga no caça mosques.
    • English equivalent: Eagles don't catch flies.
    • Meaning: "People of high rank are considered – or consider themselves – too important to deal with trivial things or lowly folk."
    • Source for meaning of English equivalent: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 25 August 2013. 
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). "230". Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs. Routledge. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-136-78978-6. 
  • La paciència és la mare de la ciència.
    • Translation: With patience you go beyond knowledge.
    • English equivalent: An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.
    • Meaning: Patience can often do more than your wits.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 415. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • La paraula bona molt val i poc costa.
    • English equivalent: Politeness costs little but yields much.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1998). Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs (Abbreviated ed.). Routledge. p. 70. ISBN 0415160502. 
  • L'ocasió s'ha d'agafar pels pèls.
    • Idiomatic translation: Opportunity knocks only once.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 400. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • La burla deixar-la quan més plau.
    • Idiomatic translation: Leave a jest when it pleases you best.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 863. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • La persevança tot ho alcança.
    • Translation: By perseverance everything reaches its target.
    • English equivalent: By perseverance the snail reached the arc.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 127. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Les fruites i els amors, els primers són els millors.
    • Idiomatic translation: True love never grows old.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 1107. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Les persones es troben, les muntanyes no.
    • Translation: The people meet each other but the hills do not.
    • Idiomatic translation: A mountain never meets a mountain, but a man meets a man.
    • Meaning: There are some things/events that are impossible, like an encounter of mountains, but there is always a chance for people to meet. or Once can always find a possibility for revenge.
    • Source for proverbs and meaning: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 213. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 

MEdit

  • Mal ocell el que s'embruta en son.
    • Idiomatic translation: It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest; Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
    • Meaning: Don't speak ill off yourself and the groups you belong to.
    • Source for meaning and proverbs: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 466. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
  • Molts componedrosn descomposen la nuvida.
    • Idiomatic translation: A public hall is never swept.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1998). Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs (Abbreviated ed.). Routledge. p. 70. ISBN 0415160502. 

NEdit

  • Ningú pot dir: d'aquesta aigua no en bueré.
    • Idiomatic translation: Cast no dirt into the well that gives you water.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 634. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Ningú pot servir á dos senyors.
    • Translation: Nobody can serve two masters.
    • English equivalent: Also, Nobody can serve two masters.
    • Meaning: One cannot serve two conflicting causes simultaneously. If this is attempted neither will be served properly.
    • Source for meaning and proverbs: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 283. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 
  • No diguis blat que no sigui al sac i ben lligat.
    • Idiomatic translation: Don't count your chickens until they've hatched.
    • Diccionari UB. Anglès-Català. Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona. 2008. p. 220. 
  • No hi ha gloria sense enveja.
    • Idiomatic translation: Envy always shooteth at a high mark.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 766. ISBN 0415096243. 

OEdit

  • Obra començada, mig acabada.
    • Idiomatic translation: Well begun, is half done.
    • Meaning: Starting properly ensures the speedy completion of a process. A – beginning is often blocked by one or more obstacles (potential barriers) the removal of which may ensure the smooth course of the process.
    • Source for meaning and proverbs: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 228. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 

REdit

  • Ratolí que no més coneix un forat, està atrapat.
    • Idiomatic translation: It is a poor mouse that has only one hole.
    • Meaning: It is dangerous to always depend on just one thing, because if it fails you, you will not have any alternatives.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 375. ISBN 0415096243. 

QEdit

  • Quan el gat no hi es, les rates ballen.
    • Translation and English equivalent: If the cat is away, the mice play.
    • Meaning: "In the absence of the person in authority those under his control will often neglect the duties/rules imposed on them."
    • Source for meaning and proverbs: Martin H. Manser (2007). "17". The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 8 September 2013. 
  • Qui estima el gos, estim el seu amo.
    • Idiomatic translation: Love me, love my dog.
    • Meaning: If you love someone, you will virtually love everything about him.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 953. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Qui pren l'ágila per la cua i la dóna per la palabre, pot dir queres no tè.
    • Idiomatic translation: You might as well try to hold an eel by the tail.
    • Meaning: Don't take a man by his word.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 480. ISBN 0415096243. 

SEdit

  • S'atrapa abans a un mentider que a un coix.
    • Literal translation: You'll catch a liar before you'll catch a cripple.
    • Meaning: It's easier to discover a liar than to catch a cripple.
    • French equivalent: A lie has short legs.
    • Fabré (2011). Jo confesso. Proa. p. 166. 
  • Segons la mesura que faràs, tal mesuras trobaràs.
    • Idiomatic translation: Whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 1219. ISBN 0415096243. 

UEdit

  • Uns alcen la caça i altres la maten.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 1134. ISBN 0415096243. 

VEdit

  • Val més andar sol que mal acompanyat.
    • Translation: It is better to be alone than to be in bad company.
    • English equivalent: Better be alone than in bad company.
    • Source for proverb: Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 572. ISBN 0415096243. 
  • Val més mala avinença que bona sentencia.
    • Idiomatic translation: A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.
    • Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 0415096243. 

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