Arab Proverbs (439 Proverbs)


  • If begging should unfortunately be your lot, knock at the large gates only.
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  • He who predicts the future lies, even if he tells the truth.
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  • He that counts his friend's mistakes will be abandoned by him.
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  • Give a man some cloth and he'll ask for some lining.
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  • Do not buy either the moon or the news, for in the end they will both come out.
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  • Better make profit out of manure than losses with musk.
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  • An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
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  • A mule can go to Mecca, but it will not come back as a pilgrim.
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  • A heart free from care is better than a full purse.
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  • Your friend will swallow your mistakes, your enemy will present them on a plate.
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  • Whoever knows how to use a pen never adds his own name to the "guilty" list.
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  • What is learned in youth is carved in stone.
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  • There has to be a first time for everything -- even our most natural habits.
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  • The soul will only be at rest when it stops hoping.
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  • The hand of God is with the group.
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  • The chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of another.
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  • Shall the gosling teach the goose to swim?
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  • Nothing but a handful of dust will fill the eyes of man.
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  • Love sees clearly, hate even more so, but jealousy sees the most clear, because it is equal to love plus hate.
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  • It makes no sense to try to forge the iron whilst it is still cold.
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  • If you hear that a mountain has moved, believe; but if you hear that a man has changed his character, believe it not.
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  • If a wife is unfaithful then the husband is partly to blame.
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  • He who plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.
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  • He promised me earrings, but then only pierced my ears.
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  • Follow the advice of the one who makes you cry, not from the one who makes you laugh.
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  • Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.
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  • Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within.
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  • All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immoveable, those that are moveable, and those that move.
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  • A mouth that praises and a hand that kills.
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  • A hand that has been chopped off cannot steal any more.
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  • You will get no nourishment from the flesh of a woman.
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  • Who does not go with you, go with him.
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  • War is a disaster for winner and loser alike.
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  • There are two kinds of men: those who could be happy and are not, and those who search for happiness and find it not.
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  • The soul of an idiot is always dancing on the end of his tongue.
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  • The greatest tranquility is when we desire nothing.
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  • The best part of repentance is a little sinning.
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  • Seven days king, seven days minister, slave for the rest of your life.
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  • No man is a good physician who has never been sick.
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  • Love makes a man both blind and deaf.
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  • It is not the bullet that kills you, it is fate.
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  • If you have never seen evil, look closely at yourself some time.
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  • If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.
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  • He who peeps at the neighbor's window may chance to lose his eyes.
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  • He left us and we rejoiced; then an even more unbearable person came.
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  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
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  • Death is a black camel that lies down at every door. Sooner or later you must ride the camel.
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  • Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.
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  • All kinds of fame belong partly to others.
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  • A man's worth depends on his two smallest organs: his heart and his tongue.
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  • A grateful dog has more worth than an ungrateful man.
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  • You only own that which you have earned.
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  • Where there is a will there is a way. Where there is no will there is an excuse.
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  • Visit rarely, and you will be more loved.
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  • There are some words that look like salted jam.
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  • The slave must be content with the joys of his master.
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  • The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.
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  • The best act of generosity is that which is quickly done.
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  • Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.
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  • No crowd ever waited at the gates of patience.
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  • Love lasts as long as does the reproach.
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  • It is good to know the truth and to speak the truth. It is even better to know the truth and speak about palm trees.
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  • If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
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  • If a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.
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  • He who only thinks about what is in his belly is worth less than what comes out of it.
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  • Don't pour away your water on the strength of a mirage.
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  • Everything is small at the beginning and then grows; except trouble, which is big at the beginning and still grows.
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  • A wise man's day is worth a fool's life.
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  • Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.
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  • All earthly goods we have only on loan.
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  • A man who was always complaining was quite rightly sent to hell. "Why are you burning damp wood?" was his first comment.
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  • A good orator makes us see with our ears.
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  • You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.
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  • When your enemies attack, bathe in their blood.
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  • Unfortunate is the man who has no fingernails to scratch his head with.
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  • There are four things Allah cannot do: lie, deny himself, die or look favorably on sin.
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  • The one-eyed person is a beauty in the country of the blind.
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  • The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue.
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  • The benefits you get become the debts you owe to others.
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  • Rather the cruelty of the Turks than the justice of the Bedouins.
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