Syrian Proverbs Sayings

If your friend is honey, don’t lick him all

The camel limped from its split lip

A bad workman blames his tools

Chose the neighbour before the house

We can live without friends, but not without neighbours

My brother and I against my cousin, My cousin and I against a stranger

Blood is thicker than water

What is past is dead

Let bygones be bygones

O departing one, leave behind good deeds!

A good deed is never lost

The rope of a lie is short

The liar is sooner caught from the cripple

Haste is the devil’s work and patience is from God the Merciful

Patience is a virtue

The son of a duck is a floater

Like father, like son

We taught them how to beg, they raced us to the gates

to beat someone at his own game

A beggar and he bargains!

Beggars cannot be choosers

In the eye of his mother, a monkey is a gazelle

All her geese are swans

With the lack of horses, we saddle the dogs!

There’s nothing suitable, so they come with a useless alternative

The eloquent cock crows from the egg

It early pricks that will be a thorn

Patience is the key to relief

He hit me and cried, he raced me to complain!

It’s all his fault, yet he pretends to be the victim

Stretch your legs according to your quilt

Cut your coat according to your cloth

A bird in the hand is better than ten on the tree

A bird in the hand is worth ten in the bush

Ask one who has experience rather than a physician

Experience without learning is better than learning without experience

He is like a deaf man at a wedding procession

A fish out of water

It is not every time that the clay pot survives

You cannot tempt providence and always triumph

He who has his hand in the water is not like him who has his hand in the fire

Attitudes are formed by circumstances

God sends almonds to those without teeth!

Good things sometimes come to those who do not deserve them

A better one in another one

Better luck next time

Every knot has someone to undo it

Every problem has a solution

Keep away from trouble and sing to it

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you

As you went, so you came back

So what else is new!

Spend what is in your pocket, you will get more from the unknown

Spend and God will send

Let the water melons break each other!

Let them stew in their own juice

He married the monkey for its money, the money went and the monkey stayed a monkey

As you make your bed, so you must lie on it

Whoever gets between the onion and its skin will get nothing but its stink

Never get between a man and his wife

Like a snake under the hay

Like a snake in the grass

If you buy cheap meat you’ll be sorry when you come to the gravy

Beware of false economy

When the lions are away, the hyenas play

When the cat is away, the mice will play

Turn the pot upside down, the girl will still be like her mother

Like mother, like daughter

When we decided to trade coffins, people decided not to die!

Let your money be insulted but not yourself

Rather than ask favors, do the thing yourself

Having faith in men is like having faith that water will remain in a sieve

Don’t trust men!

Let it wound your heart rather than go out and cause a scandal

Keep it to yourself if you don’t want others to know

If you want to cause him confusion, give him a choice

Make things easier by defining the right way

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