My Grandfather's Yiddish Sayings

Here are some great Yiddish saying that both of my grandfathers used to tell me, and others ones I've collected, too! Do you know any others? E-mail me at ([email protected]) and let me know!!! What did your grandparents used to tell you???

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A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.

A meowing cat can't catching mice. (A katz vos m'yavket ken kain meiz nit chapen)

A penny is a lot of money--if you haven't got a penny.

A penny is sometimes better spent than spared.

A rich man has no need of character

A rich man who is stingy is the worst pauper.

A rich man's foolish sayings pass for wise ones.

A rich mouthful, a heavy groan.

A saintly man who knows he is a saintly man is not a saintly man (A tsadik vos veyst az er iz a tsadik is keyn tsadik nit.)

A schlemiel is a waiter who spills hot soup, and the schlimazel is the one who gets it in his lap. One of our favorites!

A sick man you ask, a well man you give (A kranken fregtman, a gezunten gitman)

A snake deserves no pity.

A story without a moral is like a meal without a sweet-favored side dish (A mayse on a moshl iz vi a moltsayt on a tsimes)

A strange fool is laughable, but your own fool is shameful. (A fremder nar iz a gelekhter, an eygener a shande.)

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

After nine months the secret comes out.

All brides are beautiful--all the dead are pious (Ale kales zenen sheyn--ale meysim zenen frum)

All signs are misleading.



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Read some more:
My Favorites | New additions
Alphabetical order | Original Yiddish

Read some more:
· My Favorites
· New additions
· Alphabetical order
· Original Yiddish


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