Proverbs are a fabulous way to gain insight into the life of other cultures. Not only that, you can see how much philosophy is shared between cultures, and how common sayings in one culture manifest in others, and vice versa. Plus, this is one of the unique aspects of the ideas, customs and social behavior of a particular society. Arab culture in particular has a long, rich history, and it shows in their countless proverbs. Arabic proverbs and aphorisms absorbed wisdom accumulated over the centuries with the experience of dozens of generations. Check out a few beautiful Arabic quotes with English translation below:
Translation: The neighbor comes before the home.
Meaning: Choose the neighbor before the house, because some neighbors can be a hassle to deal with.
Translation: As you give, you receive.
Meaning: What goes around, comes around.
Translation: What is coming is better than what is gone.
Meaning: The future is better than what’s past; used to cheer people up.
Translation: Birds of a feather flock together
Meaning: Those who are the same will always be together.
Translation: The mind is a decoration.
Meaning: Wisdom beautifies people.
Translation: The smarter you get, the less you speak.
Meaning: Same as the translation
Translation: Actions speak louder than words
Meaning: Same as the translation.
Translation: The carpenter’s door is always broken
Meaning: This might refer to the idea that people who make a profession or a habit of one thing might not have the time to even use that skill in their own life. They take care of everyone except for themselves.
Translation: The rope of lies is short.
Meaning: There is only so much leeway you have when you lie. Once that very short rope runs out, you’ll have to face the consequences.
Translation: The monkey is as beautiful as a gazelle in his mother’s eyes.
Meaning: When you love someone, you will always see them as perfect.
Translation: He fasts and fasts, and then he feasts on an onion.
Meaning: Used to express disappointment in something that was expected to be great.
Translation: He who burns his tongue from soup will blow in yogurt.
Meaning: If you had a bad experience once, you will be extra cautious next time.
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