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Tuesday, January 22, 2008


He who begins many things finishes but few. -- Italian proverb

BTW can anyone quote the original Italian version (if it does really exist)?


Pedro said...

I am not this is an italian proverb... and I never heard it as a proverb.

But the sentence and its mean remember me something.

In italian should be:
"Chi comincia tante cose, ne finisce poche"

Sorry for my english... I am italian :P

Flameeyes said...

Never heard of it actually (and I both am Italian and have a passion for proverbs), but it would be something along the lines of "Chi inizia molto termina poco".

Pedro said...

Sorry for the double post... but I forgot a "sure" between "I am" and "not" :D

Fra said...

"Chi troppo vuole nulla stringe": One who wants too much holds on to nothing.

Storm said...

Portuguese: "Quem muito burro toca, algum deixa para trĂ¡s."

English (close): He who keeps many donkeys, leaves some behind.

Really hard to translate well to english :)

Vlad said...

My response to that is: he who does few things accomplishes few things!

Here is a russian one:
Russian: Ne Mojna sedets na dva stulya c'adin popam

English: You can't sit on two chairs with one butt.

isma said...

Then, here is the Spanish sentence:

Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta

He who embrace a lot, tight a litte

romi said...

Kau yang memulai, kau yang mengakhiri
Kau yang berjanji, kau yang mengingkari

Rhoma Irama, Kegagalan Cinta

nggak mirip bener, kena2 dikit lahh...

evrix said...

i'm italian too, and i never heard such a proverb too :)
there are many similar sentences though in the sense of "trying to achieve too much", but are not exactly proverbs:
salvare capra e cavoli (to save goat and cabbages... it comes from a kind of joke in hich a farmer has to cross a river on a boat with a goat and cabbages but the boat is too small and only two of them per time can get in)
volere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca (to want a full barrel and a drunk wife... with obviuos meaning :p)

right now i found this on wikiquote (
"Chi troppo comincia, poco finisce."
that's the exact translation you asked for, only i never heard of it out of wikiquote -_-

Ariya Hidayat said...

To all of you, thanks a lot!