Iraqi Proverbs

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

  • Their fire eats their wood.
  • The provision for tomorrow belongs to tomorrow.
  • One who is drowning will even grab onto a snake.
  • If you conduct yourself properly, then fear no one.
  • Stealing leads to poverty.
  • Accusation always follows the cat.
  • He who is watching the club does not understand the one who is beaten with it.
  • Life is like a cucumber: you get one in your hand and ten in your ass.
  • Someone who does not know how to dance says the ground is sloping.
  • You will discover your true friends in moments of crisis.
  • When a ship increases its sailors, it will sink.
  • The chicken dies and her eyes look upon rubbish.
  • You want a rabbit, take a rabbit; you want a deer, take a rabbit.
  • Trust in Allah, but keep a tight leash on your camel.
  • A beautiful bride needs no dowry.
  • The tree is diseased by its own worms.
  • Two-thirds of a boy is his uncle.
  • You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to fear is the tax collector.
  • He who can’t manage his wheat himself will eat his barely.
  • The day will wipe out all the promises of the night.
  • He wants to put eyeliner on an eye, but he blinds it.
  • He can steal eyeliner from the eye.
  • Go drink from the river.
  • When stomachs are operating, eyes become blind.
  • You do not exit the bathroom the same as you entered.
  • There are three plagues in the world: the rat, the locust, and the Kurd.
  • An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
  • He is not the owner, yet he makes noise on the roof.
  • Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your head.
  • All authors should prepare to encounter criticism.

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