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Australian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Australian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Australian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

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“Half a loaf is better than none.”
– Australian Proverb

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“The bigger the hat, the smaller the property.”
– Australian Proverb

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“Don’t blow your own trumpet.”
– Australian Proverb

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“A Platypus is a duck designed by a committee.”
– Australian Saying

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“A bad worker blames his tools.”
– Australian Proverb

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“A fair go for all, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, except for Poms, Seppos (Yanks) and Kiwis.”
– Australian Quote

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“A good conscience is a soft pillow.”
– Australian Proverb

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“Tears are words the heart can’t express.”
– Australian Proverb

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“The clash of ideas brings forth the spark of truth.”
– Australian Proverb

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“The cricket bat is mightier than the pen and the sword combined.”
– Australian Quote

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“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
– Australian Proverb

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“The grass looks greener on the other side of the fence.”
– Australian Proverb

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“There is a thin line between love and hate.”
– Australian Proverb

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“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
– Australian Proverb

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“You might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.”
– Australian Saying

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“Help the poor by not becoming poor.”
– Australian Proverb

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“He who laughs last, laughs longest.”
– Australian Proverb

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“Half a loaf is better than none.”
– Australian Proverb

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“Faint heart never won fair lady.”
– Australian Proverb

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Australian Slang

Australian Quotes

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“Winning needs no explanation, losing has no alibi”
– Greg Baum.

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“All our best heroes are losers,”
– Richard Glover

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“Always back the horse named self-interest, son. It’ll be the only one trying.”
– Jack Lang

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“A champion team will always beat a team of champions.”
– Collingwood

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“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.”
– Robert Hughes

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“The most intense hatreds are not between political parties but within them.”
– Phillip Adams

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“I’ve never seen anyone rehabilitated by punishment.”
– Henry Lawson

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“It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.”
– Arthur Calwell

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Australian Sayings

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“Have a good one”

Meaning: Have a nice day.

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“No worries”

Meaning: No problem or you’re welcome.

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“Bloody oath”

Meaning: Declare honesty and truth

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“A few roos loose in the top paddock”

Meaning: Intellectually compromised or incompetent

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“Flat out like a lizard drinking”

Meaning: Extremely busy or working very hard

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“Flaming galah”

Meaning: A fool or idiot

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“Chuck a U-ey”

Meaning: Make a U-turn or reverse course

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“Fair shake of the sauce bottle”

Meaning: An opportunity to have a fair attempt

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“My shout”

Meaning: My turn to pay.

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“Your shout”

Meaning: Your turn to pay.

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“Can’t be bothered”

Meaning: Not in the mood

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“Lower than a snake’s belly”

Meaning: Describing someone with low morals 

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“She’ll be apples”

Meaning: It will be alright or OK

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“You little ripper”

Meaning: An express delight

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Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

Australian Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

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Out Early Australian Convict Sayings and Slang

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“Dog must not steal from dog.”
– Australian Convict Saying

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“His bad”

He cooperates with police and officials
– Australian Convict “Flash” Language

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“His floor’d”

He is so drunk he can not standing
– Australian Convict “Flash” Language

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“His nibb’d”

He is taken into custody
– Australian Convict “Flash” Language

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His boned

taken into custody
– Australian Convict “Flash” Language

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Australian Proverbs & Quotes

  • Country:                Australia
  • Political Capital:    Canberra
  • Largest City:          Sydney
  • Language:            Australian English
  • Population           24 million

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Famous Australians (currently)

  • Cate Blanchett – Australian actress and theatre director
  • Hugh Jackman – Australian actor, singer, and producer, best known for playing Wolverine
  • Nicole Kidman – Australian actress and producer, has received an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards
  • Kylie Minogue – Australian-British singer-songwriter
  • Chris Hemsworth – Australian actor
  • Liam Hemsworth – Australian actor
  • Keith Urban – Australian singer-songwriter
  • Teresa Palmer –  Australian actress, writer, model, and film producer

Significant Australians

  • Fred Hollows – ophthalmologist and philanthropist
  • Sir Douglas Mawson – geologist, explorer
  • Matthew Flinders  – explorer and navigator who was the first to circumnavigate the continent as well as popularising the name ‘Australia’
  • Frank Hurley – photographer and adventurer who created pioneering images of Mawson’s Antarctic expedition
  • Sir John Monash – soldier and engineer 
  • Lord Howard Florey – medical researcher whose work saved millions of lives
  • Peter Carey – Australian author
  • Tom Keneally – Australian author
  • Bruce Beresford – Australian film director
  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn – scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize in genetics
  • Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop – surgeon and  war hero
  • Albert Namatjira – Australian Aboriginal painter
  • Tom Roberts – Australian painter
  • Sir Arthur Streeton – Australian painter
  • Rev. John Flynn – Australian minister who started the flying doctor service
  • Peter Allen – Australian entertainer, songwriter
  • Sir Donald Bradman – Australian cricketer, sportsman, businessman
  • Dame Joan Sutherland – Australian opera singer 
  • Geoffrey Blainey – Australian historian
  • Manning Clark – Australian historian

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Australian Proverbs

Australian Proverbs are straightforward saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.

Some Australian proverbs exist in more than one language because people share with cultures similar to theirs.

The popularity of Australian proverbs is due to the universality of their meaning and because most people can relate to them in some way and on some level.

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” A Platypus is a duck designed by a committee.”
– Anon

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Photo Credit: Phil Whitehouse from London, United Kingdom, aka Phillie Casablanca on Flickr / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

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