Egyptian Proverbs

A back does not break from bending. 

A camel does not tease another camel about his humps. 

A man’s ruin lies in his tongue. 

A small house can lodge a hundred friends. 

An onion shared with a friend tastes like roast lamb. 

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. 

Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. 

Education is what you know, not what’s in the book. 

Every man must act in the rhythm of his time; such is wisdom. 

For the benefit of flowers, we water the thorns, too. 

He has his own brain – he can solve his own problems. 

Honorable is the person who is aware of his power, yet refrains from inflicting bad things onto others. 

It is a wretched thing to injure a poor man. 

Learn politeness from the impolite. 

Lie to a liar, for lies are his coin; steal from a thief, for that is easy; lay a trap for a trickster and catch him at first attempt, but beware of an honest man. 

Love and let the world know; hate in silence. 

The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the ignorant. 

The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out. 

The wise man never takes a step too long for his leg. 


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