Malaysian Proverbs


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To mould a person's character, begin when he's still young and impressionable.

When the chicken slips away, the hand is left smelling like chicken poo.

Where would the gravy spill if not on the rice?

The more sorrow one encounters, the more joy one can contain.

The tapioca sits still and grows its flesh but a still iron only rusts.

To truly love your wife, leave her alone every once in a while.

When the curry is good, the rice is half cooked; When the rice is good, the curry is half cooked.

Wherever there is a field, there are grasshoppers.

The mountain that is being chased will not run away.

The tiger dies leaving his stripes, a man dies leaving his name.

Tough like burnt rice. [Stubbornness that crumbles under pressure]

When the eyes are closed, the pillow gets up to tricks.

While he feeds your mouth with a banana, he is sticking thorns into your ass

The mousedeer may forget the snare, but the snare does not forget the mousedeer. We may forget a misdeed to others, but there?s no assurance that the other guy will similarly forget.

The tree would not sway if there is no wind.

Trumpet in a herd of elephants, Crow in the company of cocks. Bleat in a flock of goats.

When the monkeys eat too much, the squirrels on the lower branches have to suffer for it.

Whoever eats chili gets burned.

The nose is flat but the cheeks are trying to make up for it.

The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.

Two multiply five, five multiply two.

When there is sugar, there are ants.

Will the crocodile reject the carcass?

The person who hurls over flowers will not have shit thrown at him.

The winner becomes ashes, the loser becomes coal.

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