Turkish Proverbs, Turkish Phrases, Turkish Idioms, Turkish Sayings, and Turkish Expressions



Please note:
The Turkish proverbs and expressions below are not in any particular order.
Meanings or occasions are mentioned (in Italics) when necessary.


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Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are!

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A pear will fall to its root.
Children take after their parents.

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Whoever gets burnt by hot milk blows on the cool yogurt.

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Two hands make a sound. What does one hand have?
Reference to the effectiveness of cooperation among people, to do good or evil.

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Where there are no sheep, they call goats Abdur Rahim Chelebi.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

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Near the dry, the damp will burn.
Be careful who you choose to be your friends.

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The head of the rooster that crows out of time will be cut off.
Important persons, or those who stand out from the rest, are in more danger than others.

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Mountain won’t meet mountain, but man will meet man.
Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet them on your way down.

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The shroud has no pockets.
You can’t take material possessions with you when you die.

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If you enter the Turkish bath, you will sweat!
If you can’t handle the stress, then don’t take on a tough job.

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The sound of drums sounds nicely from far away.
People are never satisfied with what they have.

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You’re a master, I’m a master. Who is to milk this cow?
When there are too many bosses, work doesn’t get done.

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Tell a lazy man to do something. He’ll give you advice!

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Steal the minaret, but first prepare the sack for hiding it.
About planning ahead.

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