Bil-kelma t-tajba toħroġ il-far mit-tqajba!

Proverb: ‘With a good word you will even convince a rat to come out of its hole.’ – measured words go a long way!

Fellus ta’ Lulju jagħtik bajda f’San Pupulju

A chick that hatches in July will lay an egg by the feast of St. Publius (following April).

 

Fi żmien il-ħaruf, il-patata tibda tħuf!

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.

Ġurdien qluqi qatt ma jsir far.

Proverb: ‘A fickle mouse will never become a rat’

Ibża mill-kelb ħiemed!

Proverb: ‘Beware the quiet dog!” – It is the dog that does not bark much that is usually more dangerous.

 

Il-flus iġibu l-flus u l-qamel iġib il-qamel

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.

 

Il-kelb il-mismut, kull ilma jaħsbu misħun!

Proverb: Equivalent to English proverb which states that the scalded dog fears cold water.

 

Il-Qattus jaħsel wiċċu lejn fejn ikun ir-riħ!

Il-Qattus jaħsel wiċċu lejn fejn ikun ir-riħ!

Il-ħanżir taqtagħlu denbu dejjem ħanżir jibqa’!

Proverb: ‘If you cut a pig’s tail off, it will still remain a pig’ – stated to note that a character rarely changes.

 

Il-ħmar jikkmanda ‘l denbu

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

Ix-xħiħ bħal dbigħ il-ħanżir, il-werrieta ferħana se’ ttir!

Proverb: ‘When a miser dies it is like the slaying of a swine for food, the inheritor is extremely happy!’

Kelb li jinbaħ ma jigdimx!

Proverb: Equivalent to: barking dog never bites. i.e. Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats.

Ref: ESI

Kemm joqgħod ħmar denbu barra

Proverb: ‘A donkey will just fit but with his tail outside.’ – stated of a small confined space.

 

Lill-ħmar mingħajr il-kappestru ma ssuqux

Proverb: ‘You wont guide a donkey without a halter.’

 

Meta jagħtas il-qattus, maltemp għandna fuq l-irjus.

Proverb: ‘When the cat sneezes, there is stormy weather at hand’