Four modern German proverbs

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Depending on your source, German proverbs can feel similar to English ones – or quite different.  See, for example, this – and this.  My favourite in these collections is this:

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs

... which I'm sure the Germans apply positively to themselves.  As for me, well, in my many visits there recently, I've been collecting modern German proverbs.  Here are four of the best:

  • No dove flies across Alexanderplaz without a flight plan approved by the Chancellor's office
  • You're never far from Bildung, but you're always closer to beer
  • It's permissible to spend money on armoured drones, but not on the weapons to arm them
  • Better to wait at a red pedestrian signal, even when there's no traffic, than risk public disapproval by crossing the road

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