Berber Proverbs


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Boil the water and the scum will rise to the top.

A sponge to wipe out the past, a rose to make the present sweet, and a kiss to salute the future.

By all means make friends with the dog, but do not lay aside the stick.

A town's gate can be shut; a fool's mouth, never.

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

A well-educated man always has a kind word to say about the place where he spends the night.

Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.

A wise woman is one who has much to say, but remains silent.

Death is the black camel that kneels before every door.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

A word before is worth two behind.

Do not search for truth; only cease to hang on to opinions.

A devil takes one and makes two; a saint take two and makes one.

All who snore are not asleep.

A dog on the run can safely be kicked.

Allah gives dried beans to eat to him who has no teeth left.

A donkey laden with books is neither an intellectual nor a wise man, for it is said that however much one studies one cannot know without action!

Allah may love a poor man, but not a dirty one.

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