Shut the door before the mare bolts
Agħtini xortija u itfagħni l-baħar
Proverb: God closes one door and opens a hundred others.
Aħjar għasfur f’idejk minn mija fl-ajru
English: Translates literally as “a bird in hand is worth more than a hundred in the air”. Closest English proverb is “A bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush).”
Proverb: ‘Better a bird in hand than a hundred in the air’
Proverb: ‘Better like this than worse.’
Proverb: “It is better to have stale bread at home rather than your neighbour having fresh bread” – in other words, you should only rely on your own things and capabilities than preoccupy yourself with what others have.
Proverb – think of bad outcomes so that good ones won’t be lacking.
Proverb: ‘You are hanged by the rope but you can also be saved by the rope.’
Proverb: ‘with if or maybe you won’t fill any baskets’.
Proverb: In life, laugh because there will come a time when you cannot.
Proverb: “our offspring will nourish us”.
Proverb: ‘Ġaħan is always happy and victorious.’ – Ġaħan is a legendary simpleton of Maltese folklore, so this proverb means that ignorance is bliss.
Good taste and love are a matter of luck.
Proverb: For every bone there are a hundred dogs – stated of something in demand but of which there is little supply – such as a job opportunity.
Qawl: Għal min m’għandu xejn, is-sħana tas-sajf hi ferm aħjar mill-kesħa tax-xitwa.
English: Proverb, for he who has nothing, the heat of summer is preferable to the cold of winter
Proverb: ‘Mankind proposes and God disposes!’
Proverb: ‘The ftira is best when it is still warm’ – one should grab the opportunity when it presents itself.
Expression: equivalent to: “A scalded dog fears cold water” ; those who have experienced a great deal of difficulty or pain will not only avoid it in the future, but will be afraid even where there is no cause.
When a woman laughs, it is because she wants to deceive you and when she cries it is because she already has.
Proverb: ‘life and death are in the hands of God’
Proverb: ‘Today it’s me and tomorrow it’s you.’ In other words, at some point it will everyone’s turn.
The day appears from the morning ie – you can predict the weather for the rest of the day from the morning. Figuratively, this proverb applies to a man’s character, which shows its first traits in early life.
Proverb: The sun provides heat but won’t boil any pot – ie: One needs to work to earn one’s living
Proverb: ‘The devil is a dog, and he loves to tease.’ – stated for example when a winning number comes up the day you didn’t play it!