Shut the door before the mare bolts
Proverb: An undernourished ox will foam at the mouth.
Proverb: ‘With a good word you will even convince a rat to come out of its hole.’ – measured words go a long way!
Proverb: In January give the turnip to the donkey!
Proverb: On the feast day of Saint Silvester (31st December) renew the (donkey’s) halter.
A chick that hatches in July will lay an egg by the feast of St. Publius (following April).
Proverb: In February, feed the cabbage to the donkey.
Proverb: ‘during the season of the lamb, potatoes begin to be shuffled around’ – Lamb with roast potatoes is a popular Maltese dish, hence when lambs become available, potatoes will be in demand.
Proverb: ‘A fickle mouse will never become a rat’
Proverb: ‘Beware the quiet dog!” – It is the dog that does not bark much that is usually more dangerous.
Proverb: ‘money begets money and fleas beget fleas’ – note the word qamel in Maltese which means fleas also means miserliness or something of cheap value.
Proverb: Equivalent to English proverb which states that the scalded dog fears cold water.
Proverb: Illness rides in on a mare and leaves on an ant.
Il-Qattus jaħsel wiċċu lejn fejn ikun ir-riħ!
Proverb: ‘If you cut a pig’s tail off, it will still remain a pig’ – stated to note that a character rarely changes.
Proverb: ‘The flies will torment the mistreated donkey.’ – in other words, when it rains, it pours.
Proverb: ‘The donkey ordering its tail.’ – stated to denote someone that has delegated a task that was intended for him.
Il-ħmura ta’ filgħaxija, lesti d-debba għat-tiġrija, lesti d-dwieb għat-tiġrija; il-ħmura ta’ filgħodu lesti l-bhejjem fejn joqogħdu
Proverb: When the evening sky is red ready your mare for the race; when the morning sky is red prepare shelter for your beasts
Proverb: ‘When a miser dies it is like the slaying of a swine for food, the inheritor is extremely happy!’
Proverb: Equivalent to: barking dog never bites. i.e. Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats.
Proverb: ‘A donkey will just fit but with his tail outside.’ – stated of a small confined space.
Proverb: Every bird flies with the wind, only the hawk flies against it.
Proverb: ‘You wont guide a donkey without a halter.’
Proverb: ‘When the cat sneezes, there is stormy weather at hand’
Meta l-fellus jonqoblek kmieni, xejn ma jkunlek fellus żmieni