English Equivalent of Hindi Proverbs

This article contains a collection of Hindi Proverbs and their English Equivalents. Most of Hindi Proverbs (मुहावरे) and Idioms have their equivalent in English but some do not. So, we decided to post as many as we can find while we hunt for more English equivalents of Hindi Proverbs.

Hindi Proverb 1: जिसकी लाठी उसकी भैंस
English Equivalent: Might is right.
 
Hindi Proverb 2: जहां चाह वहां राह
English Equivalent: Where there is a will, there is a way.
 
Hindi Proverb 3: थोथा चना बाजे घना / अधजल गगरी छलकत जाय
English Equivalent: An empty vessel makes most sound.
 
Hindi Proverb 4: चोर चोर मौसेरे भाई / एक ही थैली के चट्टे-बट्टे
English Equivalent: Birds of same feather flock together.
 
Hindi Proverb 5: कर बुरा तो होय बुरा / जैसी करनी वैसी भरनी
English Equivalent: Do evil & look for like.
 
Hindi Proverb 6: एक म्यान में दो तलवारें नहीं समाती
English Equivalent: No man can serve two masters.
 
Hindi Proverb 7: एक हाथ से ताली नहीं बजती
English Equivalent: It takes two to make a quarrel / It takes two to tango.
 
Hindi Proverb 8: जो गरजते हैं वो बरसते नहीं
English Equivalent: Barking dogs seldom bite.
 
Hindi Proverb 9: लालच बुरी बला है
English Equivalent: Avarice is the root of all evils / Greed is a curse.
 
Hindi Proverb 10: जितनी लम्बी चादर हो उतना ही पैर फैलाना चाहिये
English Equivalent: Cut your coat according to your cloth.
 
Hindi Proverb 11: डूबते को तिनके का सहारा
English Equivalent: Drowning man catches at straw.
 
Hindi Proverb 12: जैसा राजा वैसी प्रजा
English Equivalent: As the king so are the subjects.
 
Hindi Proverb 13: मुख में राम बगल में छूरी
English Equivalent: A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
 
Hindi Proverb 14: बंदर क्या जाने अदरक का स्वाद
English Equivalent: Casting pearls before swine.
 
Hindi Proverb 15: ऊंची दूकान फीके पकवान / नाम बड़े और दर्शन छोटे
English Equivalent: Great cry little wool.
 
Hindi Proverb 16: ऊँट के मुंह में जीरा
English Equivalent: A drop in the ocean.
 
Hindi Proverb 17: चार दिन की चांदनी फिर अँधेरी रात
English Equivalent: A nine days wonder.
 
Hindi Proverb 18: भैंस के आगे बीन बजाना / मूर्ख के आगे रोए अपने नैन खोए
English Equivalent: Crying in the wilderness.
 
Hindi Proverb 19: नेकी कर दरिया में डाल
English Equivalent: Do good & cast in to the river.
 
Hindi Proverb 20: जले पर नमक छिड़कना
English Equivalent: Rubbing salt on one's wound.
 
Hindi Proverb 21: दूध का जल छाछ को भी फूंक फूंक कर पीता है
English Equivalent: A burnt child dreads the fire / Once bitten twice shy.
 
Hindi Proverb 22: अन्धो में काने राजा
English Equivalent: A figure among ciphers.
 
Hindi Proverb 23: नीम हकीम ख़तरा-ए-जान
English Equivalent: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing / Half knowledge is dangerous.
 
Hindi Proverb 24: भेड़ की खाल में भेड़िया
English Equivalent: A wolf in lamb's clothing.
 
Hindi Proverb 25: अंत भला तो सब भला
English Equivalent: All's well that ends well.
 
Hindi Proverb 26: दूर के ढोल सुहावने लगते हैं
English Equivalent: Grass on the other side always looks greener.
 
Hindi Proverb 27: नाच न जाने आंगन टेढ़ा
English Equivalent: A bad worker blames his tools.
 
Hindi Proverb 28: हर चमकने वाली चीज सोना नहीं होती
English Equivalent: All that glitters is not gold.
 
Hindi Proverb 29: जल में रहकर मगर से बैर ठीक नहीं
English Equivalent: You cannot live in Rome and fight with the Pope.
 
Hindi Proverb 30: जैसे को तैसा
English Equivalent: Tit for tat.
 
Hindi Proverb 31: अपना वहि जॊ आवे काम्
English Equivalent: A friend in need is a friend indeed.
 
Hindi Proverb 32: दान की बछिया के दांत नहीं देखे जाते
English Equivalent: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
 
Hindi Proverb 33: उल्टा चोर कोतवाल को डांटे
English Equivalent: The pot is calling the kettle black.
 
Hindi Proverb 34: जैसा बोओगे वैसा काटोगे
English Equivalent: As you sow, so shall you reap.
 
Hindi Proverb 35: दाल में काला
English Equivalent: More to it than meets the eye / There is something wrong at the bottom.
 
Hindi Proverb 36: आगे कुआँ पीछे खाई / आसमान से गिरा खजूर में अटका
English Equivalent: Between the devil and the deep sea.
 
Hindi Proverb 37: नाम लिया और शैतान हाजिर
English Equivalent: Think of the devil and the devil is here.
 
Hindi Proverb 38: दुम दिखाकर भाग जाना
English Equivalent: To turn tail / To show a clear pair of heels.
 
Hindi Proverb 39: सौ सुनार की एक लोहार की
English Equivalent: One knockout is better than hundred punches.
 
Hindi Proverb 40: अब पछताए होत क्या जब चिड़िया चुग गई खेत
English Equivalent: Don't cry over spilt milk.
 
Hindi Proverb 41: घर का भेदी लंका ढाहे
English Equivalent: A black sheep.
 
Hindi Proverb 42: ओस चाटने से प्यास नहीं बुझती
English Equivalent: A fog cannot be dispelled by a fan.
 
Hindi Proverb 43: आप भले तो जग भला
English Equivalent: Good mind, good find.
 
Hindi Proverb 44: बोए पेड़ बबूल का तो आम कहाँ से होय
English Equivalent: Gather thistles & expect pickles.
 
Hindi Proverb 45: सांच को आंच क्या
English Equivalent: Pure gold does not fear the flame.
 
Hindi Proverb 46: लोहा लोहे को काटता है
English Equivalent: Diamonds cut diamonds.
 
Hindi Proverb 47: जैसा देश वैसा भेष
English Equivalent: When in Rome, do as Romans do.
 
Hindi Proverb 48: अपनी गली मे तो कुत्ता भी शेर होता है
English Equivalent: Every cock fights best at its own dunghill.
 
Hindi Proverb 49: उन्‍नीस बीस का फर्क होना
English Equivalent: Six of one half a dozen of another.
 
Hindi Proverb 50: सुख के सब साथी, दुख में ना कोई
English Equivalent: Success is a public affair, while Failure is a private funeral.
 
Hindi Proverb 51: कुत्ते की पूँछ कभी सीधी नहीं होती
English Equivalent: A Leopard cannot change its spots.

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