Many Ideas Open The Way: a collection of Hmong Proverbs
       
     
A Tiger
       
     
The River
       
     
Many Ideas
       
     
Cannot See
       
     
Thorn
       
     
The Wind
       
     
An Orphaned Chick
       
     
Think
       
     
The Blind Can See
       
     
Young At Heart
       
     
Many Ideas Open The Way: a collection of Hmong Proverbs
       
     
Many Ideas Open The Way: a collection of Hmong Proverbs

From witticisms about family members to how to behave in politics, the twenty Hmong proverbs gathered in this book reflect the many facets of Hmong culture that have thrived throughout the years. Published in 2003, this book has recently gone out of print, though a reprinting the book is currently being explored. All photographs are © Randy Snook, 2003.

A Tiger
       
     
A Tiger

See a tiger and you will die;

see a government official and you will be poor.

The River
       
     
The River

Fish will follow the river;

no rivers ever follow the fish.

Many Ideas
       
     
Many Ideas

Many hands make light work,

many ideas open the way.

Cannot See
       
     
Cannot See

A cow cannot see the skin of its chin;

a person cannot see his own face.

Thorn
       
     
Thorn

There is no need to sharpen a thorn;

there is no need to explain things to a smart person.

The Wind
       
     
The Wind

The wind always strikes the highest mountain.

An Orphaned Chick
       
     
An Orphaned Chick

If an orphaned calf survives, it may become an ox.

If an orphaned boy survives, he may become a village leader.

If an orphaned chick survives, it may become a rooster.

If an orphaned boy survives, he may become a village leader.

Think
       
     
Think

Think before you speak,

translate before you explain.

The Blind Can See
       
     
The Blind Can See

The blind can see the road in the dim moonlight,

the deaf can hear a whisper.

The blind can see things in the road at night,

the deaf can hear something scratching the dried hide of a cow.

Young At Heart
       
     
Young At Heart

Old cows have crooked horns,

old bachelors have creaky voices.

Old trees have many dry twigs,

old people are still very young at heart.