Min Hyun-sik. 2002. Traditional Humanistic Speculation Appeared in the Korean Proverbs. Korean Semantics, 11. There are many traditional and popular expressions in Korean language. They include idioms, cants, proverbs(old sayings), greetings, compliments, abusive language(slanders, curses), riddles and tales, etc. These expressions reflect the spirits of times or popular voices. Korean traditional proverbs also reflect the traditional Korean spirits. Firstly, they are divided into proverbs of teachings, proverbs of parable, and proverbs of fortune. Secondly, the proverbs of fortune are divided into proverbs of taboo, proverbs of solicitation, proverbs of sign, and proverbs of dream reading.Ten thousands of Korean proverbs show the wisdom of life, and reflect the consciousness of Korean people. For example, they show teaching of diligence, conduct of life, promoting virtue and reproving vice, preponderance of official power, male chauvinism, fatalism, superstition, moralism, satire, pragmatism, and criticism to the aristocratic class, etc. Especially Korean people respect and value the humanism influenced by the confucianism. Traditional humanism is constituted of literary arts, history and philosophy. Korean proverbs also show the traditional humanism as follows. Firstly, traditional humanism of literary arts shows pursuing the policy of literary arts, respecting of teachers, dignity, appearance, honour of family and discretion. They demanded the prudent life to Korean people.Secondly, traditional humanism of history shows the consciousness of reward in accordance with a deed and the corollary affirmatively. But negatively that shows the fatalism, acceptance of one's fate, desire for power and bitter feelings. Thirdly, traditional humanism of philosophy shows the three fundamental principles and five moral disciplines in human relations, that is, loyalty, filial piety, and virtuousness of woman.