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A cane scottato l ‘acqua fredda pare calda.

English equivalent: A burnt child dreads the fire.
Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 2.
A chi bene crede, Dio provvede.
English equivalent: God listens to those who have faith/ Have faith and God shall provide.
– A chi= those/them/generalising. Bene crede=good faith, decent faith, genuinely. Dio= God provvede=provides.
Strauss, Emanuel (1994). Dictionary of European proverbs (Volume 2 ed.). Routledge. p. 873. ISBN 0415096243.

A chi parla poco, gli basta la metà del cervello.

English equivalent: Least said, soonest mended.
“In private animosities and verbal contentions, where angry passions are apt to rise, and irritating, if not profane expressions are often made use of – the least said, the better in general. By multiplying words, cases often grow worse instead of better.”
Source for meaning of English equivalentPorter, William Henry (1845). Proverbs: Arranged in Alphabetical Order …. Munroe and Company. pp. 125.
Emanuel Strauss (1994). “1383”. Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs. II. Routledge. p. 1053. ISBN 978-1-136-78978-6.

A chi vuole, non mancano modi.

English equivalent: Where there is a will, there is a way.
If you are sufficiently determined to achieve something, then you will find a way of doing so.
Source for meaning of English equivalent: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5.
Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 95.

A mali estremi, estremi rimedi.

English equivalent: Desperate times call for desperate measures.
“Drastic action is called for – and justified – when you find yourself in a particularly difficult situation.”
Source for meaning of English equivalent: Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 10 August 2013.
Strauss, Emanuel (1994). “797”. Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs. II. Routledge. p. 687. ISBN 978-1-136-78978-6. Retrieved on 27 November 2013.

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