Thursday, October 7, 2010

Czech Proverbs

You can tell a lot about what a culture values by its proverbs. In America, for example, we often say “Time is money” or “Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” These phrases show how Americans typically value a strong work ethic.

Here are some of my favorite Czech sayings that I've found:

Bez peněz do hospody nelez.
Don't go to the pub without money.

Bez práce nejsou koláče.
Without work, there are no koláče.

Co je doma, to se počítá.
What's at home, counts.

Dobrá rada nad zlato.
Good advice is better than gold.

Host do domu, Bůh do domu.
A guest in your home is like a God in your home.

Kdo jinému jámu kopá, sám do ní padá.
He who digs a hole for someone, will fall in it himself.

Trpělivost růže přináší.
Patience brings roses.

V noci každá kočka černá.
Every cat is black at night.

Vyhni se opilému, jakož i bláznu.
Avoid a drunkard as well as a fool.

-Heather Tinley, Opera Colorado Marketing Coordinator

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