30 Famous Armenian Sayings

Armenian culture and wisdom consists of many timeless proverbs from the old country and has sustained for more than 25 centuries. Here is a look at some of the best Armenian sayings that you will enjoy.

“A calf is not found under an ox. A calf is not found under an ox.”

“A drowning man will clutch at straws. A drowning man will clutch at straws.”

“A girl with a golden cradle doesn’t remain long in her father’s house. A girl with a golden cradle doesn’t remain long in her father’s house.”

“A mule can swim seven different strokes but the moment he sees the water he forgets them all. A mule can swim seven different strokes but the moment he sees the water he forgets them all.”

“A mule laden with gold is welcome at every castle. A mule laden with gold is welcome at every castle.”

“A pain in the foot is soon forgotten — a pain in the head is not.”

“A woman is like the moon-some nights it is silver others gold. A woman is like the moon-some nights it is silver others gold.”

“Advice is a free gift that can become expensive for the one who gets it. Advice is a free gift that can become expensive for the one who gets it.”

“All riches come from the earth. All riches come from the earth.”

“Always tell the truth in the form of a joke. Always tell the truth in the form of a joke.”

“As mills require two stones, so friendship requires two heads. As mills require two stones, so friendship requires two heads.”

“Ashamed of what she sees in the daytime the sun sets with a blush.”

“At death’s door a man will beg for the fever. At death’s door a man will beg for the fever.”

“Because the cat was given no meat, he said it was Friday. Because the cat was given no meat, he said it was Friday.”

“Before the fat one slims, the slim one will die. Before the fat one slims, the slim one will die.”

“Better to be an ant’s head than a lion’s tail. Better to be an ant’s head than a lion’s tail.”

“Birds are caught with seed, men with money. Birds are caught with seed, men with money.”

“Choose a friend with the eyes of an old man, and a horse with the eyes of a young one. Choose a friend with the eyes of an old man, and a horse with the eyes of a young one.”

“Clouds that thunder do not always rain. Clouds that thunder do not always rain.”

“Dine with a friend but do not do business with him. Dine with a friend but do not do business with him.”

“Dogs that fight each other will join forces against the wolf. Dogs that fight each other will join forces against the wolf.”

“Even if the nightingale is in a gold cage, she still dreams of returning to the forest. Even if the nightingale is in a gold cage, she still dreams of returning to the forest.”

“Friendship is not born of words alone. Friendship is not born of words alone.”

“Give a horse to the one who likes the truth so that on it he can escape. Give a horse to the one who likes the truth so that on it he can escape.”

“He that asks knows one shame; he that doesn’t knows two. He that asks knows one shame; he that doesn’t knows two.”

“He who cannot pray at home will celebrate mass somewhere else. He who cannot pray at home will celebrate mass somewhere else.”

“He who looks for a friend without a fault will never find one. He who looks for a friend without a fault will never find one.”

“He who speaks a lot learns little. He who speaks a lot learns little.”

“He’s looking for the donkey while sitting on it. He’s looking for the donkey while sitting on it.”

“How can one start a fast with baklava in one’s hand. How can one start a fast with baklava in one’s hand.”

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