Wisdom of the Yiddish

2012-10-07T05:00:00Z Wisdom of the YiddishBy Tom Carpenter Arizona Daily Sun
October 07, 2012 5:00 am  • 

"For example" is not proof.

Charm is more than beauty.

You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.

If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.

A man should go on living -- if only to satisfy his curiosity.

If you can't go over, you must go under.

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.

In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.

Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.

A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing.

What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.

All things grow with time -- except grief.

All of us are crazy in one way or another.

No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.

Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.

He who marries for money earns it.

If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome and able to sing like a bird.

A mother understands what a child does not say.

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough, but not baked in the same oven.

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

True poverty does not come from God.

When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.

God gave burdens, also shoulders.

Life is the greatest bargain -- we get it for nothing.

The whole world is a dream, and death is the interpreter.

Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant.

If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding.

Man plans and God laughs.

From fortune to misfortune is but a step; from misfortune to fortune is a long way.

A man's worst enemies can't wish on him what he can think up himself.

If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.

It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.

Some people are electrifying. They light up a room when they leave.

Truth never dies but leads a wretched life.

What soap is for the body, laughter is for the soul.

If Fortune calls, offer him a seat.

If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.

God made man because he loves stories.

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  1. Hershl Hartman
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    Hershl Hartman - October 08, 2012 6:03 pm
    It would be helpful if Mr. Carpenter provided the source for what he reports to be "Wisdom of the Yiddish." As an English/Yiddish writer and translator, I fail to recognize most of these sayings as derived from Yiddish folk speech.
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