1. A back does not break from bending.
2. A beautiful thing is never perfect.
3. A blow to another’s purse is like a blow to a mountain of sand.
4. A borrowed coat does not keep one warm.
5. A camel does not tease another camel about his humps.
6. A goose’s child is a swimmer.
7. A man with two ears can be supported by two words.
8. A man’s ruin lies in his tongue.
9. A monkey is a gazelle in its mother’s eyes.
10. A person with a wound on his head keeps touching it.
11. A small house can lodge a hundred friends.
12. A woman will be twice bound when her chains feel comfortable.
13. An absent person has his excuse.
14. An absent person should have his excuse.
15. An onion shared with a friend tastes like roast lamb.
16. Bathe her and then look at her.
17. Be patient with a bad neighbor. Maybe he’ll leave or a disaster will take him out.
18. Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald, yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones.
19. Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.
20. Bed is the poor man’s opera.
21. Believe the liar up to the door of his house and no further than that.
22. Better half a donkey than half a camel.
23. Borrowing is bad, and paying back is always a loss.
24. Cover up the good you do — do like the Nile and conceal your sources.
25. Cover your candle, it will light more.
26. Declare your line of conduct without reticence.
27. Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
28. Do not weaken the attention of him who is occupied.
29. Does sheep manure turn to caramel?
30. Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride.
1. Dress up a stick and you get a doll.
32. Education is what you know, not what’s in the book.
33. Error carries away the unteachable.
34. Every man must act in the rhythm of his time, such is wisdom.
35. Everything is formed by habit, even praying.
36. Evil words fill some with astonishment.
37. False ambition serves the neck.
38. Follow the saint no further than his doorstep.
39. For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns, too.
40. Friendship doubles joy and halves grief.
41. Give saturday, you will find sunday.
42. Grapes are eaten one by one.
43. Great God is the ruler of all the gods.
44. He has his own brain — he can solve his own problems.
45. He who chatters with you will chatter about you.
46. He who couldn’t overcome the donkey took on the saddle.
47. He who has a back is not beaten on the belly.
48. He who knows not shame does whatever he likes.
49. He who understands music understands the cosmos.
50. He whose house is made out of glass, shouldn’t throw stones at people.
51. Honorable is the person who is aware of his power, yet refrains from inflicting bad things onto others.
52. I am talking to you, daughter-in-law, so that you could hear it, neighbor.
53. I believe what you say, I’m only surprised at what you do.
54. I curse my son and I hate who says amen.
55. If there were no fault, there would be no pardon.
56. If there were no wrongdoing, there would be no forgiveness.
57. If you are a leader of peace, listen to the discourse of the petitioner. Be not abrupt with him; that would trouble him.
58. If you are wise, look after your house; love your wife without alloy.
59. If you have to drag a dog to the hunt, neither he nor his hunting is any good.
60. If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.
61. If you love, love the moon; if you steal, steal a camel.
62. If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is.
63. If you put a rope around your neck, many people will be glad to drag you by it.
64. If your friend is honey, don’t lick it all.
65. If your friend is like honey, don’t lick all of it.
66. In his own nest a beetle is a sultan.
67. It is a wretched thing to injure a poor man.
68. Know those who are faithful to you when you are in low estate.
69. Knowledge is in the head, not the copybook.
70. Learn politeness from the impolite.
71. Learn to rise up out of the enigmatic egg in the hidden land.
72. Lie to a liar, for lies are his coin; Steal from a thief, for that is easy; lay a trap for a trickster andcatch him at first attempt, but beware of an honest man.
73. Listen with kindness for a clear explanation.
74. Love and let the world know, hate in silence.
75. Making money on manure is better than losing money on musk.
76. Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk.
77. Malice drinketh its own poison.
78. Man fears time – Time fears the pyramids.
79. May no lies be spoken against me in the presence of God.
80. Money goes to peacocks.
81. Money is sweet balm.
82. More precious than our children are the children of our children.
83. My Ka dwells in my body. Insult it not.
84. Never speak untruth and falsity knowingly.
85. News that’s for money today will be for free tomorrow.
86. Old countries don’t disappear overnight; they stay for breakfast.
87. One should do nothing with a false heart.
88. One who drinks from the Nile must return.
89. One who marries for love alone will have bad days but good nights.
90. Pass by your enemy hungry but never naked.
91. Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone.
92. Pride feels no pain.
93. Pride goes before a fall.
94. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
95. Protect the flame of your candle and it will light more.
96. Put a rope around your neck and many will be happy to drag you along.
97. Put a stout heart to a steep hill.
98. Put a stout heart to a stey brae.
99. Put by for a rainy day.
100. Rather a piece of bread with a happy heart than wealth with grief.
101. Run as hard as a wild beast if you will, but you won’t get any reward greater than that destined for you.
102. Shining I Inside, let Him guide my heart.
103. Silence is more than just a lack of words.
104. Silence is the best answer to the stupid.
105. Stretch your legs as far as your quilt goes.
106. That which is said in your heart, let it be realized by springing up spontaneously –
107. The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel.
108. The bullet that doesn’t hit anything still makes a noise.
109. The costly news of today will be free tomorrow.
110. The day cuts off the promise of the night.
111. The dream of cats is all mice.
112. The glow soon becomes ashes.
113. The heart of a servant that is not beaten is full of curses.
114. The idiot who has his eye on your wife is like a blood sucking fly.
115. The man who has plenty of means of existence, conducts himself pretty much as he himself wishes.
116. The man who marries my mother, I call him uncle.
117. The marksman hitteth the mark partly by pulling, partly by letting go.
118. The miser destroys what he collected.
119. The miserable got together with the hopeless.
120. The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the ignorant.
121. The person who is not ashamed does whatever he wants.
122. The son of the swan is a good swimmer.
123. The tears of the adulteress are ever ready to be shed.
124. The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.
125. The wise man is great through his own merits.
126. The wise man never takes a step too long for his leg.
127. The woman who does not covet the possessions of her husband is in love with another man.
128. They couldn’t beat the donkey so they beat the saddle.
129. They couldn’t find any reason to criticize the roses, so they complained that they were red.
130. This cub is from that lion.
131. Those who are in the following of the prince of everlastingness and God of Life, sing with joy.
132. Those who had some shame are dead.
133. To seek without finding, equals waste of time.
134. We let him in, he brought his donkey along.
135. We let him in; but then he brought his donkey along, too.
136. Wealth can come through your Creator’s good-will.
137. What comes easily is lost easily.
138. What comes this way, goes this way.
139. When a slave mounts a camel he wants to ride on both humps.
140. When a son attends to his father, it is a twofold joy for both; when wise things are prescribed to him, the son is.
141. When a whore repents she becomes a matchmaker.
142. When a woman is not singing, she is not working much either.
143. When He opens up His path, may He carry me along, safe and sound.
144. When I hear you, I believe you. When I see what you do, I’m surprised.
145. When the angels appear, the devils run away.
146. When the Angels arrive, the devils leave.
147. When the angels present themselves, the devils abscond.
148. When you speak, know that which can be brought against you.
149. When you’re at the dealing table, always look for the sucker– and make sure it isn’t you.
150. Who has not done any evil act, his or her heart may be found right.
151. Whoever is ashamed to sleep with his wife will never have children.
152. Whoever lets himself be led by the heart will never lose his way.
153. Wise rising gives joy.
154. Wish thy friend joy of his journey, but pray in secret that he have no joy, for then may he returnquickly to thee.
155. Yesterday’s drunkenness will not quench today’s thirst.
156. Your friend chooses pebbles for you and your enemy counts your faults.
157. Youth is beauty, even in cattle.