Egyptian ProverbsRating Mail
Knowledge is in the head, not the copybook.
Meaning - Thinking is more important than just getting knowledge from books.
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This cub is from that lion.
Meaning - Like father, like son.
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Cover your candle, it will light more.
Meaning - Be cautious! Donít brag about what you have.
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Stretch your legs as far as your quilt goes.
Meaning - Donít do whatís beyond your capabilities. Donít buy what you cannot afford.
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Those who had some shame are dead.
Meaning - People donít have boundaries anymore.
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When I hear you, I believe you. When I see what you do, Iím surprised.
Meaning - You speak reason yet you do weird stuff that contradicts it.
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The skilful spinster spins with the leg of a donkey.
Meaning - A skilful worker can do good work even with inadequate tools.
Note : Applicability: Criticizing lazy/incompetent workers who blame their tools for the poor job they do.
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"The tail of the dog never get straight even if you set a mold for it"
Meaning - "one never changes"
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"A gooseís child is an excellent diver"
Meaning - "Like father, like son"
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"A monkey is a gazelle in its motherís eyes."
Meaning - "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
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"An absent person has his excuse."
Meaning - "Don't blame someone for not being here until you hear him/her out."
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"Borrowing is bad, and returning money is a loss"
Meaning - "Don't lend or loan money"
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"Time never gets tired of Running"
Note : -Amad (The great Egyptian poet)
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Bathe her and then look at her.
Meaning - Look at a girl without makeup and hairdo to see if sheís really pretty.
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Be patient with a bad neighbor. Maybe heíll leave or a disaster will take him out.
Meaning - Take your time before getting into fights you can avoid.
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Dress up a stick and itíll be a beautiful wife.
Meaning - Don't be fooled by womenís appearances; look deeper.
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He who couldn't overcome the donkey took on the saddle.
Meaning - Said of people who donít face their match and pick on the weak instead.
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He whose house is made out of glass, shouldnít throw stones at people.
Meaning - Think of the repercussions before taking actions; you may be more liable to get harmed.
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If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is.
Meaning - Donít get married to people for their money; it wonít bring you happiness.
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News thatís for money today will be for free tomorrow.
Meaning - Obvious
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What comes easily is lost easily.
Meaning - Obvious
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When the Angels arrive, the devils leave.
Meaning - Said when people leave upon othersí arrival.
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The man who marries my mother, I call him uncle.
Meaning - If you can't beat them, join them.
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I curse my son and I hate who says amen.
Meaning - That parents may be tough to their children but that they love them.
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Give saturday, you will find sunday
Meaning - That when you have a good history of doing good things, it will come back to you. Kind of What goes around comes around.
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People died and came back to life preparing for Yehia's Wedding.
Meaning - Often said when people spend a great deal of time preparing for a normal or usual event.
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Give me a fish, i have the day's food. Teach me how to fish and i will have everyday's food.
Meaning - Instead of giving me things for granted, teach me a useful skill.
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The man a bald woman got will be easily seduced by a woman with beautiful hair.
Meaning - What an incompetent person can achieve can be easily achieved by a more competent one.
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O! sister, you believe in a man's honesty; it's like you are believing in water in a sieve.
Meaning - Women cannot trust anyone.
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He kills the victim and walks in his funeral.
Meaning - Used to describe a person who is very deceitful yet openly claims innocence.
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Lying has no legs. "Truth will Out"
Meaning - Eventually a liar will be exposed.
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A person with a wound on his head keeps touching it..
Meaning - A person is likely to point to his/her own weaknesses..
Note : Applicability: When somebody's acts expose what he/she is trying to hide.
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Stretch your legs as far as your quilt (blanket) goes..
Meaning - Do not do what you cannot afford..
Note : Applicability: When extravagancy is unaffordable.
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Lost is the person who forgets his/her past.
Meaning - Remember what you were before bragging about what you became..
Note : Applicability: Criticizing those who want to be disassociated from their roots.
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Dress-up a stick and you get a doll.
Meaning - Make up (cosmetics) can make the ugly quite pretty.
Note : Applicability: Don't be fooled by appearances..
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The unlucky finds bones in his/her "fatta" (kind of food)
Meaning - A person with a little luck can expect anything happeing to him. Unluckiness sticks!
Note : Applicability: Complain about one's unluckiness
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He unlucky finds bones in his/her tripe dinner!
Meaning - A person with a little luck can expect anything happeing to him. Unluckiness sticks!
Note : Applicability: Complain about one's unluckiness
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If your friend is like honey, then don't lick all of it!
Meaning - Do not take advantage of the sweetness of a dear friend!
Note : Applicability: Criticizing a person who abuses the generosity of a friend.
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They couldn't beat the donkey so they beat the saddle!
Meaning - Be fair. Blame the source of the problem.
Note : Applicability: Inability to see the real problem and the real evil.
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They found no wrong with roses, so they said it is red!
Meaning - People will disagree with you no matter how perfect you are.
Note : Applicability: When people criticize just for the sake of criticizing.
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If you have to drag a dog to the hunt, neither he nor his hunting is any good.
Meaning - Someone who does unwillingly what he is supposed to do as a matter of course will never do it well.
Note : Applicability: criticizing someone who has to be forced to do what he's supposed to do.
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You who is building in someone else`s property, you who is raising someone else's kids.
Meaning - Do your actions where it should be done.
Note : Applicability: Criticizing those who do the correct things to the incorrect people.
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We invited the bald man to keep us company; he uncovered his baldness and scared us.
Meaning - Criticizing those who act in a manner opposite to what had been expected.
Note : Applicability: When someone behaves in such a way as to provoke a negative
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When the sad woman started to be happy, she could not find a place for her.
Meaning - Sad people will always be sad.
Note : Applicability: Complain about being sad.
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When your son grows up, treat him as a brother.
Meaning - Do not continue trating your kids as children.
Note : Applicability: When someone treats his mature son as a kid.
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The earrings are given to those without ears.
Meaning - Some people get things while they are not qualified for them.
Note : Applicability: When someone get something that s/he cann't use.
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That who insulted you is that who told you about the insult.
Meaning - Do not listen to people telling you about others insulting you.
Note : Applicability: When someone tells another how he was insulted by a third one.
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The camel went through labor only to give birth to a mouse
Meaning - Looks are deceiving
Note : Applicability: To express disappointment when something big is expected but never materializes.
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Like the dog of the tobacco salesman, one-eyed, and a nicotine addict.
Meaning - He is no good, and by hanging around the wrong company, he got worse.
Note : Usage: To criticize the follower of a charlatan.
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We tell them it is a bull, they say milk it
Meaning - They are trying to get more than they can.
Note : Usage: To criticize those who insist on getting what is not available for giving.
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