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Dutch Proverbs and Quotes

Dutch Proverbs, Quotes and Sayings

Dutch Proverbs, Quotes and Sayings

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“The only free cheese is in the mousetrap.”

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“Set a thief to catch a thief.”

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“Hasty questions require slow answers.”

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“No one knows where the shoe pinches, but he who wears it.”

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“No better masters than poverty and want.”

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“Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket.”

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“With hard work, you can get the fire out of a stone.”

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“Misery loves company.”

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“He that chases another does not sit still himself.”

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“Trust arrives on foot and departs on horseback.”

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“You never know how a cow catches a rabbit.”

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“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

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“He who tends to his own garden does not see the weeds of his neighbors.”

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“He wants to learn how to shave using my beard.”

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“The one who digs a hole for another will fall in it himself.”

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“To bang one’s head against a brick wall.”

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“Who gives to me, teaches me to give.”

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“A fool by chance may say a wise thing.”

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“Better once in heaven than ten times at the gate.

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“Poverty is the reward of idleness.

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“Better a blind horse than an empty halter.”

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“Love makes labor light.”

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“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”

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“Patience surpasses learning.”

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“He fell with his nose in the butter.”

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“Common goods, no goods.”

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“When the tree falls everyone runs to cut the branches. “

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‘If it’s not burning you why cool it?”

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“There are more thieves than are hanged.”

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“What is wrong today won’t be right tomorrow.”

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“Who wants beauty must endure the pain.”

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‘Ill-matched horses draw badly.”

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“God made Earth, the Dutch made Holland.”

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“What has horns will gore.”

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“If one sheep crosses the dam, more will follow.”

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“Who is tired of happy days, let him take a wife.”

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“Soon ripe, soon rotten; soon wise, soon foolish.”

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“Coffee has two virtues, it’s wet and it’s warm.”

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“When two quarrel both are in the wrong.”

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“A man overboard, a mouth less to feed.”

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“Everyone is a thief in his own craft.”

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“Who has many servants has many thieves.”

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“One sprinkles the most sugar where the tart is burnt.”

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“It is safest to sail within reach of the shore.”

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“When the cat leaves the house, the mice dance on the table.”

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“Laughing like a farmer with a toothache.”

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“To make an elephant out of a mosquito.”

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“When the husband earns well, the wife spends well.”

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“Caution is the parent of delicate beer glasses.”

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“The cat watching from the tree.”

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“Were you struck by a windmill today?”

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“In time a mouse will gnaw through a cable.”

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“Self-portrait” by Rembrandt

  • Title:                      Self-portrait
  • Artist:                    Rembrandt
  • Date:                     1669
  • Media:                   oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:          Height: 65.4 cm (25.7″); Width: 60.2 cm (23.7″)
  • Museum:                Mauritshuis

Explore European Proverbs & Quotes

Holland

  • Country:                      Netherlands
  • Dutch:                         Nederland
  • Capital:                        Amsterdam
  • National language:      Dutch
  • Population                   7 million

A Virtual Tour of Netherland’s Museums

Map of Netherland

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“Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.”
– Dutch Proverb

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Photo Credit: Rembrandt / Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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