Berber Proverbs


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There are those who are keys to good, and locks to evil.

When the chicken's feathers are of gold, it ain't too smart to make broth of the hen.

You should make a new bucket whilst you still have the old one.

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.

Haste is from the devil.

Hope is the last thing to die.

If you make yourself honey, the flies will eat you.

Kindness can pluck the hairs out of a lion's moustache.

One cannot hold two watermelons in one hand.

The bear knew nine songs. All were on honey.

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

All who snore are not asleep.

Don't be deceived by the whiteness of the turban; soap is bought on credit.

Have faith, though it be only in a stone, and you will recover.

Hot water is no playground for a frog.

If you open the eyes of a blind man he wants to go back to the darkness.

Knowledge is better than wealth: you have to look after wealth, knowledge looks after you.

One must howl with the wolves.

The beard of the guest is in the hands of the owner of the tent.

A dog on the run can safely be kicked.

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

Even the feeblest knock is heard on Heaven's door.

He gets a double victory who conquers himself.

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