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5 The thinnest bread finds itself married to bread ALGERIA6 BELONGING TOGETHER (#)A widely used stylistic trick is for a proverb to ascribe a particular quality to two very different entities. The device makes us momentarily pause before we see the point.Wine and children speak the truth. (ROMANIA)Beware of a person’s shadow and a bee’s sting. (MYANMAR)Two things make one either greater or smaller, praise and shadows. (GERMANY)In buying horses and in taking a wife, shut your eyes tight and commend yourself to God. (ITALY)Time and tide wait for no one. (ENGLAND)All is fair in love and war. (ENGLAND)Eggs and vows are easily broken. (JAPAN)A guest and a fish after three days are poison. (FRANCE)Words and feathers are taken by the wind. (SPAIN: BASQUE)Loving and singing are not to be forced. (GERMANY)Priests and women never forget. (GERMANY)A rich person’s sickness and a poor person’s pancake are smelt a long way off. (BELGIUM)Before God and the bus-conductor we are all equal. (GERMANY)Rhubarb and patience work wonders. (GERMANY)Mad folks and proverbs reveal many truths. (USA)SEE ALSO Contrasts

6 If you don’t want the gun to go off, don’t cock the trigger REPUBLIC OF CONGO

7 Accidents will happen ENGLAND

8 To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one CHINA

9 A gardener’s flirtations take place outside the garden AFGHANISTAN

10 Life is just one damned thing after another USA

11 Things don’t turn up; they must be turned up ENGLAND

12 Those who simultaneously eat and sing rise up fools PHILIPPINES

13 The end of an ox is beef, and the end of a lie is grief MADAGASCAR

14 What reliance can be placed on a sneeze? INDIA

15 One accident is one too many CANADA

16 When luck offers a finger one must take the whole hand SWEDEN

17 All good things come to an end ENGLAND

18 Buzzards do not sing in bleak regions PERU

53 CAUSE – EFFECT

1 The sign-board brings the custom FRANCE

2 A bad thing that does no harm is the same as a good one that does no good GERMANY

3 The big toe never does the ear any harm NIGERIA

4 We get the note by striking the string INDIA

5 A waiting appetite kindles many a spite ENGLAND

6 Too much discussion will lead to a row CÔTE D’IVOIRE

7 Justice becomes injustice when it makes two wounds on a head which only deserves one REPUBLIC OF CONGO

8 Many drops make a puddle NETHERLANDS

9 One pebble doesn’t make a floor NIGERIA

10 Money makes the world go round USA

11 Familiarity breeds contempt ENGLAND

12 To always win brings suspicion, to always lose brings contempt GERMANY

13 Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles USA

14 What makes one abbot glad makes another abbot sad SCOTLAND

15 Practice makes perfect ENGLAND

16 Cheese and bread make the cheeks red GERMANY

17 It takes two blows to make a battle ENGLAND

18 The second word makes the fray JAPAN

19 Beauty does not make the pot boil IRELAND

20 A smooth way makes the foot slip ESTONIA

21 Good words make us laugh; good deeds make us silent FRANCE

22 One swallow does not make a summer ENGLAND

23 There’s nothing like being bespattered for making someone defy the gutter FRANCE

24 A fire in the heart makes smoke in the head GERMANY

25 The art of being a merchant consists more in getting paid than in making sales SPAIN

26 Strange bread makes the cheeks red SWITZERLAND

27 It takes two to make a quarrel ENGLAND

28 Two things make one either greater or smaller, praise and shadows GERMANY

29 God preserve us from pitch-forks, for they make three holes SWITZERLAND

30 It is the turning of the mill that makes the flour heap INDIA

31 Peace makes money and money makes war FRANCE

32 Small cares make many words, great ones are mute GERMANY

33 A coward’s fear makes a brave man braver SCOTLAND

34 A fall into a ditch makes you wiser CHINA

35 From fried eggs come no chickens USA

36 A young doctor makes a full graveyard CHINA

37 Absence makes the heart grow fonder ENGLAND

38 A crooked log makes a good fire FRANCE

39 The sweetest wine makes the sharpest vinegar GERMANY

40 A borrowed drum never makes good dancing HAITI

41 At birth we cry – at death we see why BULGARIA

42 Straps come from the same leather ARGENTINA

43 Good juice from fruit comes without squeezing IRAN

44 Slowness comes from God and quickness from the devil MOROCCO

45 Out of old fields come new grain USA