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 Post subject: Manual translation of Arabic proverbs
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Give your friend your blood and money.

Needle in a haystack.

Cooler than ice.

More observant than a bat.

More observant than Zarqaa' Al Yamama. (A famous woman with incredible eye sight)

More observant than a crow.

Slower than a turtle.

Further than Pleiades.

More tearful than an orphan.

More fluent than Qas Bin Sa'ida.


More cursed than Abi Lahab. (Evil uncle of Muhammad PBUH)

Follows more than a shadow.

Unity is power.

Leave evil, it will leave you

Be aware of the idiot, for he is like an old dress. Every time you patch it, the wind will tear it back again.

More permanent than a tattoo.

Heavier than a mountain

More fearful than an ostrich.

Avoid the company of a liar. And if you can't avoid him, don't believe him.

Sit where you are welcomed and helped (where your hand is taken and good is done to you), and don't sit where you are not welcomed. (where you are dragged from your leg)

More generous than Hatim. (Hatim Al Ta'ee, a very generous man)

Be careful of your enemy once and of your friend a thousand times, for a double crossing friend knows more evil. (or knows more about what harms you)

More cautious than a crow.

Beware of he whose goodness you can't ask for for and whose evil you can't be protected from

Warmer than burning charcoal.

More watchful than a dog.

More careful than an ant.

More sad than Al Khansaa' for Sakhr. (Al Khansaa' is a poet who lost her brother Sakhr and wrote many sad poems about him)

Do good to people in order to enslave their hearts.

The best answer comes from the man who isn't angry.

dig a well then close the well, but do not fire a worker

Literal meaning: Save your white penny for your black day.
Idiomatic translation: A penny saved is a penny earned.

Wiser than Loqman. (A man who was gifted with wisdom)

The most praised form of fluency is silence when talk isn't wise.

More kindhearted than a mother to her children.

You need a brother, without one you're like a person rushing to battle without a weapon.

Pick the lesser of the two evils.

The ropeman got mixed with the archer. (Things got chaotic)

The end of life is death. (Live life to its fullest)

The end of the grape cluster. (Youngest child in a family)

work for engagement of your daughter, but don't work for engagement of your son.

The man who wanted to milk the male goat failed. (Indicates stupidity)

Your brother is who gives you a honest advice.

More treacherous than a wolf.

Closer than the carotid artery (As close to a person as is humanly possible)

If you wanted obedience command with what is possible.

If the people wanted life, destiny better respond.


Be generous to a generous person and you'd win him, be generous to a mean person and he'd rebel on you.

If there's no choice but advice, ask for the decisiveness of an advisor or the advice of a decisive person.

If two thieves quarreled, what was stolen emerges.

Shall the sheep go astray, they will be led by the ill goat.

If you speak the word it shall own you, and if you don't you shall own it.

The smarter you get the fewer words you'd say.

If you wish/ask, wish/ask for more.

If the water is available you need not clean up with sand.

If you mentioned the wolf you better prepare the stick.

If you mentioned the wolf you better watch out.

If you see the fangs of the lions, don't think the lion is smiling. (From a famous poem by Almotanabbi)

The mistake of the scientist leads to mistakes by many people. (or to bad effects in general)

If you are saved from the lion, do not be greedy and hunt it. (Meaning: "Don't press your luck.")

If you hear a person talking good about things that aren't in you, don't be sure that he wouldn't also say bad things about things that aren't in you.

Advice sharpens a rusty opinion.
If you are to hit then make it painful, because you'll get one (the same) blame eitherways.
If you opress who is below you then you won't be safe from the punishment of who is above you.

When the reason is known, there will be no more shock. (Said when you are wondering why something happened.)
If you reach for the highest of ideals, you shouldn't settle for less than the stars
If the heart is empty, the rest will soon abandon you too.
If you can't reward then you should thank.
RUDENESS KNOWS NO SWEAT OF SHAME

If patience is sour then its result is sweet.
If talk is silver then silence is gold.
If you know then it's a disaster, and if you don't know then it's a greater disaster. (Like: if a leader knows or doesn't know about the corruption in his group)


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