Visualized Proverbs from Around the World

“The honey only sticks to the mustache of he who licked it.”, is an Arabic proverb that’s very simple in its meaning that evidence of a crime will always stick on you. But to Manchester-based cartoonist James Chapman, this meaning can be better translated and depicted in image form and that’s exactly what he’s been up to with his latest project.

Collecting words of wisdom from all over the world, Chapman has set out to compose a visual book illustrating over 100 proverbs. Even though they come across somehow oddly when translated into English, the enormous amount of wisdom in them is undeniably clear.

What make them so fascinating are the hilarious images that accompany the wise, funny and inspiring words so that nothing gets lost in the translations.

Chapman posts new proverbs every day over on Instagram where you can see them all.

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