Disclaimer: some of these meanings are lost in translation…

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
Au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont rois…

You can’t have your cake and eat it too

Tout ce qui brille n’est pas d’or
All that glitters isn’t gold

You cannot milk a cow with your hands in your pockets – Russian proverb

Qui vole un oeuf, vole un bœuf
He who steals an egg, steals a cow

African Proverbs

Until lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter

The hen knows the sun has risen, yet it still lets the rooster sing
-west african proverb

Eritrean Proverbs
If someone respects you, put them on the roof. If they disrespect you, put them under your shoe.

Swahili Proverbs

Pole pole ndiyo mwendo
Slow slow is the way to go

Haraka haraka haina baraka
Quick quick has no blessings

Dawa ni moto ni moto
The remedy for hot is hot

Kikulacho ki nguoni mwako
That which eats you is within your clothes, ie. those closest to you can hurt you the most

Ethiopian Proverbs

Seelu semta, doro tanka motech
She heard them say, the chicken died choked

Afencha semeta, ayn yaleksal leka
Oh, when the nose is hit, it’s the eye that cries

Abayen yalaye, mench yamesegenal
The one who hasn’t seen the Blue Nile falls praises a stream

Menem be keten, tej negn
As diluted as I may get, I’m still fermented/alcohol

Yekebetu let, mot ayegegnem
The day you decide to mess around, death can’t be found

Radio ena konjo ayedegemem
Radio and beautiful are not repeated

Jeraf erasun gerfo, erasu yechohal
A whip whips itself, and yet it screams itself

Yekotun ewesdalew bela, yebebetwan talech
She meant to take what was above, and lost that under her underarm

Beej yale werk, ende medab yekoteral
The gold in the hand is viewed as worthless

Yenege sew yargen
May we be of tomorrow’s people

Nekoom tuma, beloom tuma
Whether you touch it, or you eat it, its still garlic
-Hareri proverb

Goga rutazo yegamlohol
You need to fold leather while its wet
-Hareri proverb

Arab Proverbs

Trust in God, but tie your camel

Alkilma altayba tiskr al ud alyabis
Sweet words break a dry stick

Ahbeb habibak hawnan ma yakon baghithak yawman ma. Abghath baghithak yawman ma yakn habibak yawman ma
When you love someone, love with limit. He/she may be your enemy one day. And when you hate, hate with limit. He/she may be your friend one day.

Eish aaraf alrobah bi aki altofah?
How does a monkey know the importance of eating an apple? ie be wary of those who pretend to have much knowledge but in fact do not

Algird fi eyn omoh gazal
The monkey, in the eyes of his mother, is a gazelle

Waad alhor deynon aalyh
A promise is a debt

Ebeyd an habibak yi hibak
Keep a distance between you and your loved one, she will love you

Chinese Proverbs
Pluck a feather from every passing goose, but follow none absolutely

The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step.

There is only one pretty child in this world and every mother has it.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Omer
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 19:35:50

    wow really cool website, keep moving forward.really inspirational,and heart touching


  2. Fungai
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 15:56:31

    thats a very inspiring site my dear,you are an inspiration keep up the good work i wish your site could be made public and everybody would read it will be quite an eye opener.


    • Nebila Abdulmelik
      Mar 23, 2012 @ 16:06:43

      thank you fungai. I appreciate your kind words very much. it is a public site….you can feel free to forward the link to whoever you think would benefit…and feel free to also add in some proverbs from zim 🙂


  3. Fahd Adil Hamad
    May 17, 2012 @ 11:46:19

    Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem: A Muslim Bro. once encouraged me to be like the date palm tree when others cast pebbles of insults, the same way humans sometimes throw stones at the date palm tree, throw sweet fruit back as does the date tree. And remember – -the date palm tree can only throw its sweet date fruits or occasionally palm fronds which have good utility for mankind. – El Hamdu Lillah ~ The wise advice of muslamin, Tamer Muhammad Ali. ~ ~ Shukuru Allah.


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