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Arabic Proverbs

By reading the Arabic proverbs provided here you will journey through the millenary art wisdom of one of the most influential and thought-provoking cultures of all time. The beauty of these Arabic proverbs is going to not only enchant as well as intrigue you:

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

All sunshine makes a desert.

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

Arrogance diminishes wisdom.

Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

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.

Eat whatever you like, but dress as others do.

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.

Grapes are eaten one by one.

He ate the camel and all it carried.

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

He struck two birds with one stone.

He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.

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.

Heaven is at the feet of Mothers.

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

Love and pregnancy and riding on a camel cannot be hid.

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 answer is an answer.

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.

Seven trades but no luck.

Shall the gosling teach the goose to swim?

The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears.

The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on.

The dream of cats is all mice.

The dung beetle, seeing its child on the wall, thinks it sees a pearl on a thread.

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

The fruit of silence is tranquility.

The hand of God is with the group.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

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 wise man speaks of what he sees, the idiot of what he hears.

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

The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.

The young goose is a good swimmer.

Think of the going out before you enter.

To the pure, all things are pure.

Turn the pot upside down, the girl will still be like her mother.

Visit rarely and you will be more loved.

What comes this way, goes this way.

What is learned in youth is carved in stone.

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

When the angels present themselves, the devils abscond.

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

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.