Persian Proverbs


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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.

You don't put a wooden pot on the fire twice.

What you've brought for me, take for your aunt.

When the tide of misfortune moves over you, even jelly will break your teeth.

Who does not beat his own child will later beat his own breast.

Woe to being a housewife/househusband, you buy one thing, you don't have two others.

You can?t push on a rope.

You have to work towards something first instead of expecting luck.

The horse is Turkmen, it eats from both the nose-bag and the manger.

The ostrich was asked to carry a load, it said. I'm a bird. It was asked to fly, it said, I'm a camel.

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