27 Malayan Proverbs
1. A fool is like the big drum that beats fast but does not realize its hollowness.
2. An ox with long horns, even if he does not butt, will be accused of butting.
3. An unasked excuse infers transgression.
4. Ants die in sugar.
5. Anything with scales counts as fish.
6. Clapping with the right hand only will not produce a noise.
7. Do not measure another man's coat on your body.
8. Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
9. He who has learned how to steal, must learn how to hang.
10. If there is no reason, why would the tempua bird nest on the low branches?
11. If you have, give; if you lack, seek.
12. One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
13. One who sits by the well will never go thirsty.
14. Smack a tray of water and you get to wash your face.
15. The deep sea can be fathomed, but who knows the hearts of men?
16. The existence of the sea means the existence of pirates.
17. The more shoots, the more leaves.
18. The more sorrow one encounters, the more joy one can contain.
19. The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.
20. Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.