Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Egyptian Arabic proverbs

Repetition teaches (even) a donkey. (Practice makes perfect.) 
At the time of a test, a person rises or falls. (People's real worth is known only through trial.) 
If you marry a monkey (i.e. someone ugly) for his money, the money will go away and the monkey will stay the same (as ugly as ever).
 (Don't marry for money.) 
Being alone is better than being with someone bad. (Warning about keeping bad company.) 
Being involved in a funeral is better than trying to arrange marriages. (Warning about matchmaking.) 
In his mother’s eye, the monkey is (as beautiful as) a gazelle. (Comment about mothers' bias or partiality to their children.) 
The believer is not bitten from the same hole twice. (Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.)
Birds of a feather flock together. 
The hand in water isn’t like the hand in fire. (Easier said than done; used to criticize someone removed from the situation at hand who is telling those involved how to deal with it.) 
The one on shore is a master swimmer. (See above.) 
Those who have an injury on their head keep checking it. (People who have a weakness show it.) 
Dressing up a stick turns it into a bride. (Clothes make the man.) 
The son of a goose is a swimmer. (Like father, like son.) 
Continuing the same state is impossible. (Nothing stays the same.) 
Seeing someone else’s problems makes your own problems seem smaller. (Considering others' problems will give you perspective.)
He who doesn't have (the money to pay for something) does not need it. (If you can't afford something, think twice about whether you really need it or not.) 
After his hair went white, he went to school. (You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Used to criticize someone old trying to do things more suited to young people.) 
Someone free plays the judge. (Used to criticize someone with too much free time interfering in other people’s business.) 

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