48 Great Amish Sayings and Quotes

Living on a farm may seem like something of the past, but for the Amish, this is a staple of everyday life. Maintaining traditional culture over a series of centuries, the Amish have not wavered much distance from their originating days. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Amish quotes ever documented.

“A great deal of what we see depends on what we are looking for.”

“A man is never old until his regrets outnumber his dreams.”

“A mistake is evidence that you have tried.”

“A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.”

“A round wife and a full barn are the signs of good success.”

“An ounce of work is worth a ton of wishing.”

“Be what you wish others to become.”

“Being human is a privilege, not an excuse.”

“Bend the branch while it is young.”

“Better to let them wonder why you didn’t speak than to wonder why you did.”

“Big ships can only be launched where the water is deep.”

“Death isn’t the greatest loss in life. It’s what dies inside of us while we live.”

“Difficulty is a miracle in its first stage.”

“Don’t pull up your garden to see if it’s growing.”

“Every man must live with the man he makes of himself.”

“Give some people an inch and they want to be rulers.”

“He who strikes the first blow confesses that he has run out of ideas.”

“If a dollar doesn’t do what it used to, remember that hardly anyone else does either.”

“If we growl all day we’re likely to feel dog tired at night.”

“If you aim at nothing, you’re bound to hit it.”

“If you must doubt, doubt your doubts, not your beliefs.”

“If you think you have influence, try ordering some else’s dog around.”

“If you want a place in the sun, you will have to expect some blisters.”

“If you want to keep a secret, don’t whisper in your wife’s ear.”

“It takes both rain and sunshine to make the garden grow.”

“It’s not the revolutions that destroy the machinery, it’s the friction.”

“Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers.”

“Little and often make much.”

“Lying in bed dreaming never got the work done.”

“Making no choice when we have to choose is itself a choice.”

“No man is so wise that he knows everything, nor is any man so stupid he knows nothing.”

“Our fathers teach us what we should become, our mothers teach us what we are.”

“People with weak arguments have to develop strong voices.”

“Poverty is not a shame unless you are slothful.”

“The archer who overshoots his mark does no better than he who falls short of it.”

“The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give others.”

“The less a thing can be proved the hotter we get arguing about it.”

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

“The problem with a little sin is that it usually grows into a big one.”

“The steam that blows the whistle can’t be used to turn the wheels.”

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

“The way some people look for faults, you’d think there’s a reward.”

“Usually the less we know the longer it takes to explain.”

“We are seldom aware of what’s cooking until the pot boils over.”

“We don’t realize how wonderful today is until tomorrow.”

“When a person slaps you on the back, he may be trying to help you swallow something.”

“Worse than failure is the failure to try.”

“You begin to slip when you’d rather win an argument than be right.”

Here is a brief history of the Amish and their religious lifestyle.

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