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?

What the thief stole has always been called expensive.

When the cat and the mouse agree, the grocer is ruined

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

With this beard you want to go to Tajrish?

You can wait as much as you want, but it's useless.

You can't squeeze blood from a rock.

What you give away you keep.

When the cat and the mouse agree, the store manager is broke.

Whether you were gold or satin, you're the same acanthus-seller.

With time and art the leaf of a mulberry-tree becomes satin.

You can?t pick up two watermelons with one hand.

You can't take blood from a stone.

What you hear about something may not be equivalent to its qualities.

When the snake is old, the frog will tease him.

While you were chirping with vernal giddiness, didn't you think of brumal harshness?

Woe is he who claims to have found happiness.

You can?t please everyone.

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