Proverbs and Quotes: Sayings

Famous Arabic Proverbs

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English عَرَبِي

Like father, like son

هَذَا الشِّبْلُ مِن ذَاكَ الأَسَد

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

عُصْفُور في اليَد خَير مِن  عَشرة على الشَّجَرة

Forbidden is desirable

المَمنُوع مَرْغُوب.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

الصَدِيقُ وَقْتَ الضِيق

Time is like a sword if you don’t cut it, it will cut you.

الوقتُ كالسَّيْفِ إن لم تَقْطعهُ قَطَعَك.

Love is blind

الحُبُّ أَعْمَى.

Silence that precedes the storm

الهُدُوءُ الّذي يَسْبِقُ العَاصِفَةَ

Out of sight, out of mind

البَعِيد عَن العَيْن بَعيد عَن القَلْب.

If speech is silver then silence is gold

إذا كَانَ الكَلَامُ مِن فِضَّة فالسُكُوت مِن ذَهَب

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