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Amish Lifestyle Proverbs

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Amish Proverbs

The Amish use proverbs in everyday speech, especially when talking or teaching children. The sayings promote hard work, character development, respect for others, and personal sanctity.

Amish culture (ideas,customs,skills,etc.) that has been learned through the years from their ancestor's lifestyle of simplicity, has passed virtually unchanged through the generations and provides an ideal base for the continual use of proverbs. These proverbs are time-tested lessons from past Amish generations of how to lead a morally sound lifestyle. Using the phrases frequently prevents the Amish from forgetting the sayings, and most importantly, the lessons they hold.


The following are proverbs that are put to use from: raising children to helping with faith

"Take all you want, eat all you take."

"you can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lip."

"A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune"

"Children need models more than they need critics"

"The apple will not roll far away from its tree"

"Such as the tree is, such is the fruit."

"Bend the tree while it is young; when it is old it is too late."

"No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work"

"He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night."

"It is better to suffer wrong than to do it. And happier to be sometimes cheated than to never trust."

"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains"

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."

"You can't make cider without apples."

"Don't count your eggs before they are laid."

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else."

"How pleasant and good it is when brothers are peaceable, when their doings are in agreement."

"Give every man your ear, but few your voice take each man's censure, but reserve your judgment."

"If you want good advice, consult an old man."

"Sometimes God calms the storm, but sometimes God lets the storm rage and calms his child."

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials."

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers."

"One lie brings the next one with it"

"Getting sick is easy; getting well is the trick."






Sounds like what we grew up with and we are not Amish.

They also sound like paraphrases from the Book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Thank you for reminding us about how they are "walking the talk"