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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Some sayings I added recently to the list!

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

Many songs, but few dumplings (A sakh zmires, un veynik kneydlekh.)

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

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!

God created a world full of little worlds.

Every seller praises his wares.

One person enjoys a piece of hard cheese, a second a spun out prayer chant, and a third a door to the street.

With time, even a bear can learn to dance.

Friendship is stronger than kinship (Khavershaft iz shtarker vi brudershaft)

Worries go down better with soup.

Gold's father is dirt, yet it regards itself as noble.

It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.

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

Trouble is to man what rust is to iron.

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

The glaciers didn't freeze overnight.

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)

Money buys everything but good sense.

Silence is also speech.

Don't spit in the well, you might drink from it later



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Alphabetical order | Original Yiddish

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