Amish Proverbs

English: This is my own work, Gila Brand. Phot...

English: This is my own work, Gila Brand. Photo of Amish family visiting Niagara Falls, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a fascination with the Amish. They remind me of my growing up years. Living on the farm and simple times when life wasn’t in a hurry. When I read a book about them it takes me back. I wanted to share with you some wonderful Amish Proverbs I found in a book I’m reading called Amish Values for Your Family.

  • The kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have.
  • The best things in life are not things.
  • A family that works together, grows together.
  • Keeping a neat house is like threading beads on a string with no knot on it.
  • Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.
  • A happy memory never wears out.
  • Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is about us.
  • The dearest things of life are mostly near at hand.
  • Pray for a good harvest but continue to hoe.
  • A happy home is more than a roof over your head, it’s a foundation under your feet.
  • A forest would be quiet if no birds sang except the best.
  • A pulling horse cannot kick.
  • He is the happiest, be he peasant or king, who finds peace at home.
  • Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect.
  • Marriage may be made in Heaven but man is responsible for the upkeep.
  • We pass our convictions to our children by the things we tolerate.
  • No joy is complete unless it is shared.
  • Half done is far from done.
  • The more a child is valued, the better his values will be.
  • Keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.
  • You can tell when you’re on the right track. It’s usually uphill.
  • Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing whom to thank.
  • No winter lasts forever. No spring skips it’s turn.
  • If God is not first in our thoughts in the morning He will be last in our thoughts all day.
  • My job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.
  • Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.
  • When a man won’t listen to his conscience, it’s usually because he doesn’t like taking advice from strangers.
  • If at first you succeed, try not to look astonished.
  • To return good for good is human, to return good for evil is divine.
  • A memory is a treasure that survives.
  • By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
  • Some may see a hopeless end, but as a believer we rejoice in an endless hope.
  • People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.
  • Trouble is easier to get into than out of.
  • Experience is a different teacher; giving you the test first and the lesson later.
  • A word to the wise is unnecessary.
  • The right to do something doesn’t always make it the right thing to do.
  • In youth we learn, in age we understand.
  • Greet the dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.
  • The yoke of God does not fit a stiff neck.
  • Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs little but it needs that little so much.
  • A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
  • Be life long or short, it’s completeness depends on what it was lived for.
  • To grow old gracefully you must start when you are young.
  • Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

If you would like a second helping of Amish Proverbs, I created a new list, Amish Proverbs II.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

10 Responses to Amish Proverbs

  1. Sue v. says:

    thanks for leaving the proverbs…love them! Sue

  2. I really like this one “Experience is a different teacher; giving you the test first and the lesson later.” Reminded me of my Dad.

  3. These are wonderful words of wisdom. Thank you!

  4. cindy says:

    Also loves your proverbs….! Thanx for posting them. I also have a big facination with the amish

  5. Nancy says:

    Thanks for posting these. I’m sharing them as the “quote of the day” at work.

  6. Susan B says:

    These are wonderful words that we all should live by.

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