Turkish Quotes with English Translation

Güneşte yanmayan gölgenin kıymetini bilmez.

Translation: Who has never been burned in the sun won’t know the value of shadow.

English equivalent: He knows good best who has experienced evil.

Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır.

Translation: Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.




TURKISH_PROVERBDost kara günde belli olur.

Translation: A friend is known on black (i. e bad days).

English equivalent: A friend is known in adversity, like gold is known in fire.

Çıkmayan candan umit kesilmez.

Translation: Hope won’t be cut from the soul that has not expired.

English equivalent: As long as there is life, there is hope.

Zorla güzellik olmaz.

Translation: Forced beauty won’t do.

English equivalent: It takes two to tango.


Havlayan köpek ısırmaz.

Translation: A barking dog doesn’t bite.

English equivalent: Barking dogs seldom bite.

Meaning: “People who make the most or the loudest threats are the least likely to take action.”

Gözden uzak olan gönülden de uzak olur.

Translation: Who is far from the eye will also be far from the heart.

English equivalent: Out of sight, out of mind.

Babası oğluna bir bağ bağışlamış, oğul babaya bir salkım üzüm vermemiş.

Translation: The father donated a vineyard to his son, the son didn’t give a single bunch of grapes to the father.

Note: Used when a person does something ungrateful and selfish to another person who made good deeds for him.

English equivalent: Ingratitude is the world’s reward

Ateş olmayan yerden duman çıkmaz.

Translation: No smoke will come out from a place where there is no fire. Turkish Quotes

English equivalent: Where there is smoke, there is fire.

Meaning: “There is no effect without some cause. or It is supposed that if there is a rumour, there must be some truth behind it.”
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