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WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON PROVERB IN YOUR COUNTRY ?

Hossam_bounab

Algeria

Can you post some proverbs from your own country and culture ? :)

09:28 PM Sep 20 2010 |

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fabs1

fabs1

United Kingdom

It's:

 

'Whenever a political post doesn't work out, make a friendly post about someone's culture to make it all better'

10:16 PM Sep 20 2010 |

Muratİstanbul34

Turkey

 Keep something for a rainy day

 Cut your coat according to your cloth

Silence gives consent.

Appearances are deceptive

Haste makes waste

Don't change horses in midstream… Don't change horses in the middle of the stream.

He who will steal the eggs, will steal the hen.

He who laughs last laughs best.

there are a lot of…ı remeber…only them…

07:45 AM Sep 21 2010 |

Radunagi

Radunagi

United States

Don't drop the soap.

 

This old American proverb exhorts people to maintain self-awareness.  

 

Many famous proverbs in the USA today originated with the famous philosophizer Jack Handey.  Examples:

 

Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear your partner has been turned into Dracula.

 

 

If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let'em go, because, man, they're gone.

 

It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

 

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile from them, and you'll have their shoes."

 

Most of the time in the Middle Ages it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you'd look out your little window and think, "Boy, I'm glad I'm not out in that."

 

If you're robbing a bank and your pants fall down, I think it's okay to laugh and to let the hostages laugh too, because, come on, life is funny.

 

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.

 

The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around until he's completely draped in it. Then he'll standup and go, “Hey, I'm Vine Man.”

 

There are many stages to a man's life. In the first stage, he is young and eager, like a beaver. In the second stage, he wants to build things, like dams, and maybe chew down some trees. In the third stage, he feels trapped, and then "skinned." I'm not sure what the fourth stage is.

 

If you go flying back through time and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it's probably best to avoid eye contact.

 

Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words "mank"and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind.

07:55 AM Sep 21 2010 |

Ryo

Ryo

Saudi Arabia

i have   proverbs

that i did by myself

and  from  my life

12:58 PM Sep 21 2010 |

Abukato

Abukato

Somalia

Sitting does not bring food.

01:44 PM Sep 21 2010 |

Hossam_bounab

Algeria

Thanks all for comments :)

Radunagi,those are very wise and funny proverbs :) 

If you can post some local from each ones culture as in Arabian culture,we have:

 

Advice
  • اترك الشر يتركك
    • Literal meaning: Leave evil, it will leave you.
  • اتق الأحمق أن تصحبه إنما الأحمق كالثوب الخلق كلما رقعت منه جانبا صفقته الريح وهنا فانخرق
    • Literal meaning: Be aware of the idiot, for he is like an old dress. Every time you patch it, the wind will tear it back again.
  • اتق شر الحليم إذا غضب
    • Literal: Beware of the level-headed when he is angry.
  • اجتنب مصاحبة الكذاب فإن اضطررت إليه فلا تُصَدِّقْهُ
    • Literal: Avoid the company of a liar. And if you can't avoid him, don't believe him.
[edit] Weapons
  • الوقت كالسيف إن لم تقطعه قطعك
    • Time is like a sword. If you do not cut it, it will cut you.
  • من سل سيف البغي قتل به
    • He who swings an aggressive sword will be killed by it.
  • وما نفع السيوف بلا رجال

With the absence of real men there is no use for the swords.

  • ذل من لا سيف له
    • The one without a sword will be humiliated.
  • سبق السيف العذل
    • It is too late (The swinging of the sword had overrun justice- the proverb was taken from a story of someone who was killed just before he was proven to be innocent)
  • سيف السلطان طويل
    • Literal meaning: The sultan's sword is long.
  • السيف أهول ما يُرى مسلولا
    • A sword is most feared when it is out (of the sheath).
  • قد يتوقى السيف وهو مغمد
    • A sword can be feared even if it is not swung.
  • قد يجبن الشجاع بلا سلاح
    • The courageous might cower without a weapon.
  • جرح الكلام أعمق من جرح السيوف
    • The wound of words is worse than the wound of swords.
  • لا يُجْمَعُ سيفان في غمد
    • Two swords do not fit in one sheath.
[edit] Plants and Food
  • لا تأكل خبزك على مائدة غيرك
    • Don't eat your bread on someone else's table.
  • لا تسقط من كفه خردلة
  • لا طال توت الشام ولا عنب اليمن
  • لا يثمر الشوك العنب
  • لا يستمتع بالجوزة إلا كاسرها

Literal meaning: only the one who breaks the nut enjoys it

  • من أكل السمين أتخم

Literal meaning:who eats fat gets bigger

  • من أكل للسلطان زبيبة ردها تمرة

Literal meaning: who ate the sultans raisins will pay it back as a date


06:03 PM Sep 21 2010 |

Hossam_bounab

Algeria

Heeeey :) thanks ;)

I like the most the last one ;D

08:20 PM Sep 21 2010 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha

Mexico

One nail gets out other nail :)

12:08 AM Sep 22 2010 |

born2loveAllah

Algeria

Peace and love to all

Well , we Kabylian people  use many proverbs while speaking 

I will post some right now 

Charity begins at home 

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade

Better the ennemy you know than the ennemy you don't know

Walls have ears 

a young idle , an old beggar

poverty lies by the gates of the idles

*idle brains are the devil's workshop 

I hope you will like them

May Allah bless and reward you for your  interesting posts and comments 

02:34 PM Sep 22 2010 |

Hossam_bounab

Algeria

Thanks all :)

Nicte ha & Cranberry

What does that proverb mean ?

Born2loveAallah

Thanks for the proverbs,maybe I'm algerian too but I'm not from kabylie ! :)

I'm glad to know some Kabylie proverbs ;)

03:37 PM Sep 22 2010 |