Indian sayings

7 Indian Sayings That Inspire Us to Live a Happy Life

The wisdom of Indian folklore is boundless, which is why it is useful to reread old Indian sayings. Quite possibly, today’s collection of proverbs will inspire you to a happy and harmonious life!

Indian sayings

1. The lotus grows out of the mud

This saying is often used in relation to someone who has achieved success without anyone’s help. Beautiful lotuses really do grow on muddy soil. Even if a person was born in poverty, he or she can also become a lotus, i. e. gain respect and prosperity!

2. A crow has learned to walk like a swan, but forgot how to walk like a crow

Another beautiful Indian proverb that warns us against trying to imitate others. It is important to remain yourself, otherwise you can lose your individuality and originality.

3. Ones future does not depend on the lines on ones palms, for even those without arms have a future

This saying urges us not to believe superstitions, something which many people still do. You need to live your own life without looking for signs, or believing fortune-tellers and predictions.

4. 1+1 is not 2, but 11

If you add up one and one, you get not two, but eleven, insists this Indian proverb. This means that you should learn getting the most out of any situation and develop positive thinking. Also, the saying implies that true strength is in working together. It echoes the story of the twigs, which are easy to snap one by one but become unbreakable when put together.

5. Even a broken jug may contain sugar

This is an Indian analogue of the «Not all that glitters is gold» proverb. It means that we often judge people and situations according to first impressions, and such an approach can be misleading. Even a «worthless» person can prove kind and helpful, even a lousy situation can bring joy and happiness.

6. Your children are guests in your house. Feed them, teach them and let go of them

A wise saying that urges us to find the strength not to get attached to our children, to give them more freedom. Treating ones kids not as property, but as dear, honored guests; respecting them, avoiding forcing their hand, refraining from feeling responsible for them when they grow up — those are the skills a good parent should master.

7. The woman is happy — the whole household is glowing, the woman is sad — the whole household is in gloom

This beautiful proverb tells us that the woman is the heart of any household. If she is happy — everyone is happy. If she is miserable, a house is devoid of joy.