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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Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house

Ask advice from everyone, but act your own mind.

At a distance you fool others, close at hand just yourself (Fun vaytn nart men laytn, fun neont zikh aleyn)

Better a crooked foot than a crooked mind (Beser a krumer fus eyder a krumer kop)

Better a good enemy than a bad friend (Beser a guter soyne eyder a shlekhter fraynd.)

Better ask ten times than go astray once.

Better barley soup at home than a roast at someone else's home (Beser bay zikh krupnik, eyder bay yenem gebrotns.)

Better not to live than to become dependent on children (Beser oyf der velt nit tsu lebn, eyder onkumen tsu kinder.)

Better to be a wise person in Hell than a fool in paradise (Beser mit a klugn in gehenem eyder mit a nar in ganeydn)

Better to lose with a wise man than to win with a fool. (Beser mit a klugn tsu farlirn, eyder mit a nar tsu gevinen)

Beware of still water, a still dog, and a still enemy.

Beware of your friends, not your enemies (Hit zikh far di fraynd, nit far di faynt.)

Bygone troubles are good to tell

Charge nothing and you'll get a lot of customers.

Charity and pride have different aims, yet both feed the poor.

Charity covers a multitude of sins.

Charm is better than beauty (Kheyn geyt iber sheyn)

Cheap as borsht (Bilig vi borsht)

Dear God: You do such wonderful things for complete strangers--why not for me?

Death is the only certainty



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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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