Some Arab proverbs about human behaviour, money and more


Complain to the bow and it will send you an arrow.

Ignorance is an incurable disease.

The cure for high prices is abstinence.

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

The man who is just by night will have a house by day.

Good luck comes to him who has it, not to him who seeks it.

In haste is regret, in slowness peace.

There is no messenger like money.

Stolen money walks in the darkness.

Every man’s madness is different.

If a good thing comes your way, seize it.

The real defects of a thing only appear when it is finished.

Every besieged city eventually falls

An Arab’s intelligence is in his eyes.

Too soft and you will be squeezed, too hard and you will be broken.

What is learned in youth is carved in stone.

Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.

And lastly:

If you can’t get what you want, want what you can get!


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