Arabian Proverbs

Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Arabian proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!

  • He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
  • The sinning is the best part of repentance.
  • Marriage is like a besieged castle: those who are on the outside wish to get in, and those who are on the inside wish to get out.
  • A friend is known when needed.
  • He who eats alone, chokes alone.
  • If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again.
  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
  • Throw a lucky man into the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.
  • The devil tempts all men, but idle men tempt the devil.
  • Pardon is the choicest flower of victory.
  • Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy.
  • When danger approaches, sing to it.
  • The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.
  • Good to sell knowledge for labor, honor for risk.
  • A wise man’s day is worth a fool’s life.
  • Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
  • Those who foretell the future lie, even if they tell the truth.
  • The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  • The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
  • The words of tongue should have three gatekeepers.
  • Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.
  • None but a mule denies his family.
  • If begging should unfortunately be thy lot, knock at the large gates only.
  • Lying and stealing are next-door neighbors.
  • All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
  • A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned.
  • When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it.
  • I came to the place of my birth and cried, “The friends of my youth, where are they?” And echo answered, “Where are they?”

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