Berber Proverbs


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Every road has two directions

He that knows little often repeats it.

If a man puts a cord around his neck, God will provide someone to pull it.

Ignorance is the night of the mind.

Love, pregnancy, and riding upon a camel cannot be hid.

Put your dates in the honeypot, but don't sink it afterwards in the mud of the Nile.

The camel carries the burden; the dog does the panting.

A handful of bees is worth more than a sack full of flies.

As the sands of the desert are to the weary traveler, so is too much speech to him who loveth silence.

Every rose has a thorn as it's friend.

He who drives an ass must, of necessity, know its wind.

If a man said to you, 'A dog carried away your ear' would you go after the dog or search first for your ear?

In the desert, one forgets everything, one remembers nothing anymore.

Make do with bread and butter till God brings the jam.

Seeing blurry is better than being blind.

The camel never sees its own hump, but that of its brothers is always before its eyes.

A narrow place is real big to the narrow-minded.

Better a handful of dried dates and content with that than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.

Every sheep hangs by his own legs.

He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

If Fate throws a knife at you there are two ways of catching it: by the blade and by the handle.

In the far-off fields, the cabbages are fine.

Mother a weed, father a weed. Do you expect the daughter to be a saffron root?

Silence is the door of consent.

The cockroach never wins his case when the chicken is the judge.

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