Berber Proverbs


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Wake up to a good day and prepare yourself for a bad one.

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Some learn through laughter and joy, others learn through pain and suffering.

The day has its eyes, the night has its ears.

The sky trembles and the earth is afraid, and the two eyes are not brothers.

We let him in, and now he shows us the door.

With tender words you have less luck with a woman than with jewels.

Standing in the way of our own light.

The desert is the Garden of Allah, from which the Lord of the faithful removed all superfluous human and animal life, so that there might be one place where He can walk in peace.

The story is only half told when one side tells it.

What you have put into your kettle comes after what's into your spoon.

Without fingers, the hand would be a spoon.

Tell the truth and shame the Devil.

The dogs may bark, but the caravan passes on.

The sun looks down on many flowers; the flowers see but one sun.

When a man dies his feet get bigger.

You are worth as much as your purse.

Ten dervishes can sleep under one blanket, but two kings cannot find room in one empire.

The dunghill must make itself smelt before we can breathe the perfume of the flowers.

The wet man fears no rain.

When a thief finds nothing to steal he will steal a dagger made of sand.

You can count the number of apples in one tree, but you can never count the number of trees in one apple.

That the birds of worry are gonna fly over your head, this you can't change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can duck.

The fish in the trap begin to think.

The wind of heaven is that which blows between the horse's ears.

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