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: ‘He who hopes in his neighbour will sleep at home without supper.’ He who waits for his neighbour to invite him for dinner will end up sleeping on an empty stomach.
Proverb: “Wherever there are sweets, flies will gather!” – in other words good things will also attract undesirable characters.
A chick that hatches in July will lay an egg by the feast of St. Publius (following April).
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: ‘in the pot there’s dry beans and in the pan there’s stale beans’ – in other words not much of a choice.
Proverb: ‘vinegar has never turned into wine.’ stated to denote something that does not change, perhaps such as a character.
Proverb: ‘Oil in water will always surface’ – in other words the truth will always come out eventually.
Proverb: ‘Carob caramels, whoever eats them commits no sin!’ – this is because, traditionally, Caramel sweets made from carobs that were set aside to suck upon in days of fasting.
Proverb: Any type of water will quench thirst. In other words beggars cannot be choosers.
Maltest proverb: “He who eats a figolla on the way (to a feast), will find his spouse in the crowd”.
Proverb: “whoever is envious of his food, is envious of work”
Proverb: ‘whoever wants fresh eggs must first put up with the clucking of chickens.’ – in other words you cannot have the cake and eat it.
Proverb: ‘Whoever eats lentils in the previous evening, willl end up seeing double.’
Proverb: ‘who sleeps hungry dreams of food.’ – meaning we often dream about our desires and anxieties.
Proverb: ‘you eat what you knead’ – equivalent to you reap what you sow.
Proverb: ‘His bread is baked and his oil is in the jar.” stated of someone who does not need to work for money, who has or shall inherit his wealth.