Proverbs, which are really very short stories, cut experience up into meaning. They are the gems, the software, of a culture’s inherited wisdom, so that people can learn to pay attention to detail, pattern, and process, and to avoid making common mistakes. They are easily and often shared, often without awareness for what they are. Any profession will have its body of proverbs, maxims, aphorisms, rules, and so on. Metaphor may be used. For example, the proverb Little pitchers have big ears does not refer to pitchers, it refers to the way children repeat what they hear, even if it is not something adults would want repeated. One does not know a culture until one knows its proverbs, aphorisms, maxims, and stories. Proverbs and stories are the “software”, the programming, of a culture. This is an alphabetical listing of proverbs from many lands.