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Palestinian Proverbs

palestinian proverbs

The empty gives the way to the full.

Do good and throw it in the sea.

This who digs an evil hole will fall into it.

Your close neighbor is better than your faraway brother.

The house is our father"s and the strangers came to kick us out.

There will be a day for the opressor when he will be crushed like garlic.

Do not drink from a well and throw a stone into it.

One hand can"t clap.

Nobody will cut a head off except the One who put it on.

Nock on the door before entering.

Nobody will plough the land except its cows.

The ignorant is his own enemy.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

The one who loves does not hate.

Every eye has its look.

The eye does not get over the eyebrow.

Whatever is written on the forehead is always seen.

You will not dare mistreating the face you see in the morning.

The eye is the one that eats.

If you feed the mouth, the eye becomes shy.

The eye sees, but the hand can"t reach.

Away from the eye, away from the mind.


Barghouthi, A.: "The Role of Folklore in the Process of Socializing Palestinian Children",Society & Heritage,

24: 19, al-Bireh, Palestine (July 1994).

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