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11 cynical proverbs about love from around the world

These proverbs about love won't make you feel warm and fuzzy, but they show that everyone, everywhere, has had it bad at some point

1. PolishFirst love is like a snake; if it doesn't destroy you, it will paralyze you.

2. GermanYou can suffer without love, but you can't love without suffering.

3. Avar, Russian CaucasusYield to the desires of your body, then endure the disasters that follow.

4. Hausa, Nigeria/NigerWhen the heart gives orders, the body becomes its slave.

5. RussianLove has wings on its shoulders; matrimony has crutches under its arms.

6. Punjabi, IndiaThere are a thousand miseries in one love.

7. ItalianHe that marries for love, dies miserably of anger.

8. RussianLove is like a nettle that stings badly.

9. SpanishLove is like soup, the first mouthful is very hot, and the ones that follow become gradually colder.

10. Malagasy, MadagascarLove is like seaweed: You go to her, she leaves you, you leave her, she follows you.

11. ArabicThe promises of the night, made of butter, melt when the first sunrays appear.

Source: Never Marry a Woman With Big Feet: Women in proverbs from around the world. Mineke Schipper. Yale University Press, 2003.

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