Here is a global collection of proverbs that reveals the multidimensional value of folk wisdom. Reynold Feldman and Cynthia Voelke have organized these snippets of insight and meaning into 100 alphabetized categories for easy access. These timeless utterances are often short and sweet and laced with wit. Here is a brief sampler of proverbs:

• "Never forget benefits done you, regardless how small."
— Vietamese Proverb

• "Difficulties make you a jewel."
— Japanese Proverb

• "A word spoken in anger may mar an entire life."
— Greek Proverb

• "A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all."
— Chinese Proverb

• "God did not create hurry."
— Finnish Proverb

• "If you have nothing to lose, you can try everything."
— Yiddish Proverb

• "When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy."
— Chinese Proverb