10+ Amazing Khmer Quotes To Try Out

Cambodian Quotes

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is one of the most classic inspirational quotes of all time phrased by the great personality Theodore Roosevelt. Do you want to spell this out in the Khmer language, along with some authentic Cambodian proverbs and quirky Khmer quotes? If yes, this blog is the best thing that happened to you today! From motivational to love quotes, you will learn all the Khmer sayings to help you communicate and make fun conversations with your friends in Cambodia. If you want to learn more, continue reading!

Quotes always have a magical way of making communication more entertaining and meaningful. While you must have already read some ancient Khmer proverbs with their true meanings, eccentric quotes will make your bonds even more robust. From conveying your love to your partner to inspiring someone with inspirational words, quotes play a crucial role in making your presence sophisticated and impressive. So, before packing bags for your trip to Cambodia, sit back and get your hands on the best Khmer quotes for every occasion!

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Regular Khmer Quotes To Make Your Day

Let us first read some of the common Cambodia quotes that will come in handy to make flowy conversations. Later on, we will grasp some specific occasional quotes to give out the best impression of your personality. Moreover, quotes are always a good self-motivator. So, once you read, you will indeed feel the adrenaline rush and the power that words can hold. Let’s begin.

1. The Most Beautiful Thing In Cambodia Isn’t The Country – It’s The Cambodian People

Translation: របស់​ដែល​ស្អាត​បំផុត​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​មិន​មែន​ជា​ប្រទេស​នោះ​ទេ គឺ​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា។

The quote uttered by Rithy Panh, របស់​ដែល​ស្អាត​បំផុត​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​មិន​មែន​ជា​ប្រទេស​នោះ​ទេ គឺ​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា។, pronounced as robsa​ del​ saat​ bamphot​ knong​ bratesa​ kampouchea​ min​ men​ chea​ bratesa​ noh te ku​ brachachn​ kampouchea, is one of the most heart touching quote you can use in front of the locals. It talks about the beauty that lies in the country’s rich people instead of the material riches that lie in the country. Especially when you are meeting important figures, such quotes will help build your image.

2. You Don’t Have To Cut A Tree Down To Get At The Fruit

Translation: អ្នក​មិន​ចាំ​បាច់​កាប់​ដើម​ឈើ​ដើម្បី​បាន​ផ្លែ​ទេ។

Uttered by a soul belonging to the land of Cambodia, the quote អ្នក​មិន​ចាំ​បាច់​កាប់​ដើម​ឈើ​ដើម្បី​បាន​ផ្លែ​ទេ។, pronounced as anak​ min​ cha​ bach​ kab​ daem​ chheu​ daembi​ ban​ phle​ te, gives out the truth of life. It holds that to achieve your goal, you do not have to ruin your path and everything that comes on way. Cambodian people are hardworking and always appreciate being faithful to one’s work without harming others or destroying their needs!

3. He Who Makes No Mistakes, Makes Nothing

Translation: អ្នក​ណា​ដែល​មិន​មាន​កំហុស មិន​ធ្វើ​អ្វី​ឡើយ។

The quote អ្នក​ណា​ដែល​មិន​មាន​កំហុស មិន​ធ្វើ​អ្វី​ឡើយ។- anak​ na​ del​ min​ mean kamhosa min​ thveu​ avei​ laey is another everyday Khmer saying that almost every parents use it on their kids and every master uses on their student. It beautifully wraps the reality of failure and the modesty of learning from it. No human on this planet would succeed without facing mistakes. We should always accept and learn from our errors.

4. Love Your Children One Tao. Love Your Grandchildren One Thaing

Translation: ស្រឡាញ់កូនរបស់អ្នកតែមួយ។ ស្រឡាញ់​ចៅ​មួយ​ថា​មួយ​

The Cambodian saying ស្រឡាញ់កូនរបស់អ្នកតែមួយ។ ស្រឡាញ់​ចៅ​មួយ​ថា​មួយ​- Sralanh kaun muoy tao. Sralanh chao muoy thaing talks about loving your grandchildren as much as you love children of your own. Tao is a unit of measurement, and one thaing equals two Taos. So, it indirectly asks to give one’s grandchildren the love they give to their own kids.

5. Let Your Parents Eat While Their Throat Is Still Standing

Translation: ឱ្យឪពុកម្តាយរបស់អ្នកញ៉ាំខណៈពេលដែលបំពង់ករបស់ពួកគេនៅតែឈរ

The khmer quote ឱ្យឪពុកម្តាយរបស់អ្នកញ៉ាំខណៈពេលដែលបំពង់ករបស់ពួកគេនៅតែឈរ- aoy aupouk mteay robsa anak nhoam khn pel del bampngk robsa puokke nowte chhor talks about giving love to your parents. You must take care of your parents and live the time with utmost love and sincerity because life has its own game. Nobody stays here forever, so cherish their presence till you can.

6. Do Good, Get Good. Do Bad, Get Bad

Translation: ធ្វើល្អ ទទួលបានល្អ។ ធ្វើអាក្រក់បានអាក្រក់

One of the most used khmer quotes ធ្វើល្អ ទទួលបានល្អ។ ធ្វើអាក្រក់បានអាក្រក់- thveu ban la bamphot thveu akrak ban akrak/ Kom tuk chet mek, kom tuk chet pkay is a saying that talks about karma. If you do good to others, you will also receive the good; if the opposite happens, there is no saying otherwise.

7. Long Eel, Long Pot

Translation: អង្គ តុង វែង កំពង់ឆ្នាំង

The quote អង្គ តុង វែង កំពង់ឆ្នាំង- Ang tong veng, chhnang veng is a typical Cambodian saying that is used to mock someone who is not very clever. It actually comes from an ancient Cambodian story where the husband fetches an eel for the wife to cook, but she is unaware and is looking for a long pot. So, it talks about cleverness. Quite witty, if you use this, locals will be astounded by your insights.

 

Motivational Khmer Quotes

Khmer quotes

Now, here is a list of motivational quotes in Khmer with proper English translations that you can use to make your day as well as your local mates. Please give them a good read.

EnglishKhmerPronunciation
The best way out is always throughមធ្យោបាយល្អបំផុតគឺតែងតែឆ្លងកាត់mothyobeay la bamphot ku tengte chhlangkat
If there is no struggle, there is no progressបើ​គ្មាន​ការ​តស៊ូ​ក៏​គ្មាន​ការ​រីក​ចម្រើន​ដែរ។bae​ kmean​ kar​ tsaou​ ka​ kmean​ kar​ rik​ chamreun​ der
A year from now you will wish you had started todayមួយឆ្នាំចាប់ពីពេលនេះទៅ អ្នកនឹងប្រាថ្នាថាអ្នកចាប់ផ្តើមថ្ងៃនេះmuoy chhnam chabpi pelnih tow anak nung brathnea tha anak chabphtaem thngainih
You can’t claim heaven as your own if you are just going to sit under itអ្នក​មិន​អាច​ទាមទារ​យក​ឋានសួគ៌​ជា​របស់​អ្នក​បាន​ទេ ប្រសិន​បើ​អ្នក​គ្រាន់​តែ​អង្គុយ​នៅ​ក្រោម​វា។anak​ min​ ach​ teamtear​ yk​ thansuokr​ chea​ robsa​ anak​ ban te brasen​ bae​ anak​ krean​ te​ angkouy​ now​ kraom​ vea
I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t doneខ្ញុំចង់ស្ដាយអ្វីដែលខ្ញុំបានធ្វើ ជាជាងស្ដាយអ្វីដែលខ្ញុំមិនបានធ្វើkhnhom chng sday avei del khnhom ban thveu chea cheang sday avei del khnhom minban thveu
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue themក្តីស្រមៃរបស់យើងទាំងអស់អាចក្លាយជាការពិតបាន ប្រសិនបើយើងមានភាពក្លាហានក្នុងការដេញតាមពួកគេ។ktei sramei robsa yeung teangoasa ach klaycha karpit ban brasenbae yeung mean pheap klahean knong kar denh tam puokke
Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, and stupid people already have all the answersមនុស្សឆ្លាតរៀនពីអ្វីៗគ្រប់យ៉ាង និងមនុស្សគ្រប់គ្នា មនុស្សជាមធ្យមពីបទពិសោធន៍របស់ពួកគេ ហើយមនុស្សល្ងង់មានចម្លើយទាំងអស់រួចហើយmnoussa chhlat rien pi avei krobyeang ning mnoussa krobknea mnoussa cheamothyom pi batpisaoth robsa puokke haey mnoussa lngong mean chamleuy teangoasa ruochhaey
Whatever you are, be a good oneអ្នកជា​អ្វី​ក៏ដោយ​ត្រូវ​ធ្វើជា​អ្នក​ល្អ​ម្នាក់anakchea​ avei​ kadaoy​ trauv​ thveuchea​ anak​ la​ mneak
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the greatកុំខ្លាចក្នុងការលះបង់របស់ល្អ ដើម្បីទៅរកភាពអស្ចារ្យkom khlach knong kar leahbng robsa la daembi tow rk pheap aschar

 

Love Quotes And Khmer Sayings

Love quotes will become your best buddy if you have found your partner in Cambodia! So, to help save you time from googling love phrases, here is a list of love quotes in Khmer that will sweeten your day!

EnglishKhmerPronunciation
Thinking of you keeps me awake. Dreaming of you keeps me asleep. Being with you keeps me aliveការគិតអំពីអ្នកធ្វើឱ្យខ្ញុំភ្ញាក់។ សុបិន្តឃើញអ្នកធ្វើឱ្យខ្ញុំដេកលក់។ ការនៅជាមួយអ្នកធ្វើឱ្យខ្ញុំរស់kar kit ampi anak thveu aoy khnhom phnheak . so be nt kheunh anak thveu aoy khnhom dekalk . kar now cheamuoy anak thveu aoy khnhom rsa
Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, and always willស្រលាញ់អ្នកកាលពីម្សិលមិញ ស្រលាញ់អ្នកនៅតែមាន តែងតែមាន និងតែងតែមានsralanh anak kalpi msailminh sralanh anak nowte mean tengteman ning tengteman
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understoodមនុស្ស​ស្រី​មាន​ន័យ​ថា​ស្រលាញ់​មិន​យល់mnoussa​ srei​ mean​ ny​ tha​ sralanh​ min​ yl
There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing momentគ្មានពេលវេលា ឬទីកន្លែងសម្រាប់ស្នេហាពិតនោះទេ។ វាកើតឡើងដោយចៃដន្យ នៅក្នុងចង្វាក់បេះដូង ក្នុងមួយរំពេច លោតញាប់kmean pelvelea ryy tikanleng samreab snehea pit noh te . vea kaetlaeng daoychaidany nowknong changveak behdaung knong muoyrompech lot nheab
Love is so short, forgetting is so longស្នេហាខ្លីណាស់ បំភ្លេចយូរsnehea khlei nasa bamphlech your
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hatស្នេហាគឺជាបុរសលេងប៉ាហីដែលទាញបុរសចេញពីមួករបស់គាត់។snehea kuchea borsa leng ba hei del teanh borsa chenhpi muok robsa keat
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are notការ​ស្អប់​អ្វី​ដែល​ខ្លួន​មាន​គឺ​ល្អ​ប្រសើរ​ជាង​ការ​ស្រឡាញ់​ចំពោះ​អ្វី​ដែល​ខ្លួន​មិន​មានkar​ saab​ avei​ del​ khluon​ mean​ ku​ la​ brasaer​ cheang​ kar​ sraleanh​ champoh​ avei​ del​ khluon​ min​ mean

 

Sad Khmer Quotes

Sometimes speaking through words helps lighten your heavy heart. So, for times when you want to express your sorrow and let your friends know about your feelings, the quotes below will help you out!

EnglishKhmerPronunciation
It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to loveសោក​ស្តាយ​ដែល​មិន​បាន​ស្រឡាញ់ ប៉ុន្តែ​វា​សោក​ស្តាយ​ជាង​ដែល​មិន​អាច​ស្រឡាញ់​បាន។saok​ sta y​ del​ min​ ban sraleanh bonte​ vea​ saok​ sta y​ cheang​ del​ min​ ach​ sraleanh​ ban
Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your storyមនុស្សមួយចំនួននឹងចាកចេញ ប៉ុន្តែនោះមិនមែនជាទីបញ្ចប់នៃរឿងរបស់អ្នកទេ។ នោះហើយជាចុងបញ្ចប់នៃផ្នែករបស់ពួកគេនៅក្នុងរឿងរបស់អ្នក។mnoussa muoychamnuon nung chakchenh bonte noh minmen cheatibanhchob nei rueng robsa anak te . noh haey chea chongobanhchob nei phnek robsa puokke nowknong rueng robsa anak
Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybodyអ្វីៗផ្លាស់ប្តូរ។ ហើយមិត្តភក្តិចាកចេញ។ ជីវិតមិនឈប់សម្រាប់នរណាម្នាក់ទេ។avei phlasa btau r . haey mitt phokte chakchenh . chivit minochhb samreab norna mneak te
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happinessអ្នក​មិន​អាច​ការពារ​ខ្លួន​ពី​ភាព​សោកសៅ​ដោយ​មិន​បាន​ការពារ​ខ្លួន​អ្នក​ពី​សុភមង្គល​នោះ​ទេ។anak​ min​ ach​ karpar​ khluon​ pi​ pheap​ saoksaw​ daoy​ min​ ban​ karpar​ khluon​ anak​ pi​ sophomongkol​ noh​ te
To have felt too much is to end up feeling nothingការ​មាន​អារម្មណ៍​ខ្លាំង​ពេក​គឺ​មិន​មាន​អារម្មណ៍​អ្វី​សោះkar​ mean​ arommo​ khlang​ pek​ ku​ min​ mean​ arommo​ avei​ saoh
Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expectជីវិតមិនមានកាតព្វកិច្ចផ្តល់ឱ្យយើងនូវអ្វីដែលយើងរំពឹងទុកនោះទេ។chivit min mean katapvokechch phtal aoy yeung nouv avei del yeung rompung touk noh te
Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understandingពេលខ្លះអ្នកត្រូវចេះស្តាប់ខ្លួនឯង ហើយមិនអីទេ ដោយគ្មានអ្នកណាយល់pelokhleah anak trauv cheh stab khluoneng haey min ei te daoy kmean anaknea yl
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we liveការស្លាប់មិនមែនជាការបាត់បង់ដ៏ធំបំផុតក្នុងជីវិតនោះទេ។ ការបាត់បង់ដ៏ធំបំផុតគឺអ្វីដែលស្លាប់នៅក្នុងខ្លួនយើងខណៈពេលដែលយើងរស់នៅkar slab minmen chea karbatbng da thom bamphot knong chivit noh te . karbatbng da thom bamphot ku avei del slab nowknong khluon yeung khn pel del yeung rsanow

 

More Khmer Proverbs And Quotes

Khmer proverb
EnglishKhmerPronunciation
Don’t let an angry man wash dishes; don’t let a hungry man guard riceកុំឱ្យបុរសខឹងលាងចាន។ កុំអោយបុរសឃ្លានបាយkomaoy borsa khoeng leangchan . kom aoy borsa khleanbay
Sit in the basket, lift up yourselfអង្គុយក្នុងកន្ត្រកលើកខ្លួនអ្នកAngkuy leu chang eh, leuk khluon eng
One mountain never has two tigersភ្នំមួយមិនដែលមានខ្លាពីរទេ។Phnom muoy men ach mean khla pi
The tiger depends on the forest; the forest depends on the tigerខ្លាអាស្រ័យព្រៃ; ព្រៃពឹងផ្អែកលើខ្លា
khla asry prei; prei pungophaek leu khla
You learn from studying, you have wealth from workingអ្នករៀនពីការសិក្សា អ្នកមានទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិពីការងារanak rien pi karseksaea anak mean tropyosambotte pi karngear/ Cheh mok pi rean, mean mok pi rok
Active hands, full belliesដៃសកម្ម ក្បាលពោះពេញdai sakamm kbalpoh penh
When your health is better, you offer only a chicken eggនៅពេលដែលសុខភាពរបស់អ្នកកាន់តែប្រសើរ អ្នកផ្តល់តែស៊ុតមាន់ប៉ុណ្ណោះ។nowpel del sokhpheap robsa anak kante brasaer anak phtal te saoutmean bonnaoh
Children think of their mother as the Buddha who turns his backកូន​គិត​ថា​ម្ដាយ​ជា​ព្រះពុទ្ធ​ដែល​បែរ​ខ្នងkaun​ kit​ tha​ mdeay​ chea​ preahpoutth​ del​ ber​ khnang

 

Wrapping Up!

Did you enjoy learning the above quotes and sayings? Reading these give you a new experience of life and enlightens you with messages that are better said in an extraordinary manner. Creative words and phrases best tell things that cannot be expressed directly. So, now that you have all the Khmer quotes ready for different occasions, you will undoubtedly make the best out of your trip and have conversations that will be worth remembering. If you want to learn more about old Khmer sayings and other grammatical features of the Cambodian language, download the Ling App from Appstore or Playstore and read all you want for free!

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