Persian Proverbs


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You only appreciate your father the day you become a father yourself.

You see nothing, you hear nothing.

You should grease his palm.

You think that everyone is better than you, but they really aren't.

You toss charity in the Tigris, and God shall return it in the desert.

Your appearance is not appropriate for the occasion.

You've grazed so much; where's your tail fat?

You've spent so much money on yourself; what good are you?

You name it, this imp has done it.

Whatever I disliked happened to me.

When the water goes uphill, the frog sings AbuAta.

Who has not had a taste longs to do so, but for whom has tasted then the longing is a hundred times more.

Woe to home-makers; you buy one thing, you don't have two others.

You cannot applaud with one hand.

You needed this like you needed a hole in the head.

Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue

When there are two cooks, the soup becomes either salty or saltless.

Who is in fault suspects everybody.

Woe to Leili's doogh (yogurt drink with water), the yogurt was too little and the water too much.

You cannot hang everything on one nail.

You offer an Abbassi, we offer a dance.

Whatever you eat will rot, whatever you give will blossom into a rose.

When there's fire, dry and wet burn together.

Who sows barley cannot reap wheat.

Woe to Leili's doogh, the yogurt was too little and the water too much.

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