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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Arabic Proverbs

A chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of another.

A change is as good as a rest.

A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.

A friend advises in his interest, not yours.

A horse of good breed is not dishonored by his saddle.

A horse that will not carry a saddle must have no oats.

A house divided cannot stand.

A known mistake is better than an unknown truth.

A mouth that praises and a hand that kills.

A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.

A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.

A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog traveling with good men becomes a rational being.

Arrogance diminishes wisdom.

Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill.

Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

Ask thy purse what thou should'st buy.

At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend.

Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.

Call someone your lord and he'll sell you in the slave market.

Do not buy either the moon or the news, for in the end they will both come out.

Eat whatever thou likest, but dress as others do.

Eat whatever you like, but dress as others do.

Every ambitious man is a captive and every covetous one a pauper.

Every day of your life is a page of your history.

Every sun has to set.

Give a man some cloth and he'll ask for some lining.

He fasted for a whole year and then broke his fast with an onion.

He who peeps at the neighbor's window may chance to lose his eyes.

He who plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.

He who sees the calamity of other people finds his own calamity light.

If a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.

Many are the roads that do not lead to the heart.

Meaningless laughter is a sign of ill-breeding.

Measure your guilt, then stretch your legs.

Meat and mass never hindered man.

No crowd ever waited at the gates of patience.

No cure, no pay.

Older than you by a day, wiser than you by a year.

One hand cannot applaud.

One hand for oneself and one for the ship.

Only the tent pitched by your own hands will stand.

Only three things in life are certain birth, death and change.

Patience is beautiful.

Proverbs are the lamp of speech.

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.

Seven trades but no luck.

Shall the gosling teach the goose to swim?

Shallow waters mak' maist din.

The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears.

The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on.

The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue.

The fruit of silence is tranquility.

The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.

The frying-pan says to the kettle, "Avaunt, black brows!"

The hand of God is with the group.

The knife of the family does not cut.

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing.

The one-eyed person is a beauty in the country of the blind.

The sinning is the best part of repentance.

The wound of words is worse than the wound of swords.

The wound that bleedeth inwardly is the most dangerous.

The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.

The young goose is a good swimmer.

Think of the going out before you enter.

Visit rarely, and you will be more loved.

What is learned in youth is carved in stone.

What is learnt in the cradle lasts to the grave.

When a door opens not to your knock, consider your reputation.

When what you want doesn't happen, learn to want what does.

Who does not go with you, go with him.

Wishing does not make a poor man rich.

Wit is folly unless a wise man hath the keeping of it.

Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.

You are like a tree, giving your shade to the outside.

Your tongue is like a horse--if you take care of it, it takes care of you; if you treat it badly, it treats you badly.

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