Iranian Proverbs (92)

Don't sleep in a troubled place,
and you won't dream a troubled dream.

Patience is the key to all things.

A stone thrown at the right time is better
than gold given at the wrong time.

Two midwives will twist the baby's head.

He who has been bitten by
a snake fears a piece of string.

A large stone will never be thrown.

It takes a needle to get a thorn from one's foot.

A thief is a king till he's caught.

The mosque is no place to tie one's donkey.

Necessity turns lion into fox.

The mosque is no place to dance.

What is in the pot will come out in the ladle.

No color is deeper than black.

Don't cut without measuring.

By constantly asking,
one can reach China.

In the ant's house the dew is a flood.

Stones rain upon a broken door.

Every spring has an autumn
and every road an ending.

A camel that wants fodder stretches out its neck.

Death is a camel that lies down at every door.

You can't hide a drum under a blanket.

Carpentry is no trade for a monkey.

A dog is better than an oppressor of men.

Soft words will get the snake out of its hole.

Two donkeys together will act alike and smell alike.

They don't unload the caravan for one lame donkey.

When the cat and mouse agree,
the grocer is ruined.

Good deeds return to the
house of their author.

A single stone is enough for a house of glass.

It's the lame foot that has the tight shoe.

Don't jump into the water where there is no ford.

The fox produces his tail as a witness.

If fortune turns against you, even the horse
in the stable becomes a donkey.

Don't count the teeth of a gift horse.

God drives the vessel where he will,
no matter how the captain rants.

If fortune turns against you,
even jelly breaks your tooth.

Trust in God, but tie your camel.

God seizes late, but seizes harshly.

The arrow that has left the bow never returns.

With two cooks the stew will be salty or tasteless.

Pigeon flies with pigeon, hawk with hawk.

Eat little, sleep sound.

Make bread while the oven is hot.

The blind want only eyes.

Gold brings gold, lack of gold a headache.

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.

Hearing is never as good as seeing.

The bigger a man's head, the worse his headache.

Hope is born of despair.

A house with two mistresses will be deep in dust.

The elephant dreams one thing,
the elephant driver another.

Still waters become stagnant.

War at the beginning is better than peace at the end.

Iron takes iron from the furnace.

He who has knowledge has power.

No lamp burns till morning.

The lamp does not light its own base.

Every flower has its scent.

Don't judge a peppercorn by its smallness,
crack it and see how sharp it is.

Even loss can be a profit.

The master's eye has its own effect.

Heart finds a way to heart.

The drowning man is not troubled by rain.

All's not a walnut that's round.

Travel ripens a man.

Distance preserves friendship.

Every man is king in his own house.

You can't pick up two melons with one hand.

When the mosque is open,
the dog forgets its manners.

The mud that you throw
will fall on your own head.

The lamp does not light its own base.

The tooth hurts the body, the tongue hurts the soul.

A tear in place is better than a smile out of place.

Even a melon seed may come
between husband and wife.

A dog is better than an oppressor of men.

You may sow thorns. but you won't reap jasmine.

You cannot hold two watermelons in one hand.

Grapes get their color from grapes.

The village with two headmen falls into ruin.

Walls have mice and mice have ears.

Soft words will get the snake out of its hole.

Woman is a torment, but she is
worth buying with your life.

A snake rears snakes.

The potter drinks water from a broken pot.

When its time has arrived,
the prey comes to the hunter.

It is easier to make a promise than to fulfill it.

A single rose does not mean spring.

When the snake is old, the frog will tease him.

A slap in hand is better than a gift to come.

He most values safety who experiences danger.

A stick has two ends.

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.

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