Moroccan Proverbs

By | May 6, 2016

Sayings of Moroccan origin

Little and lasting is better than much and passing.

Over truth there is light.

Perform good deeds; you will not regret them.

Lies have got no legs .

Teaching in youth is like carving in stone.

He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for.

Instruct a woman, you instruct a nation.

The determined ostrich hunter will surely meet one.

Evening promises are like butter: morning comes, and it’s all melted.

Friendship is honey — but don’t eat it all.

He who follows the right path, thorns will not hurt him.

There is no queue at the gate of Patience.

Speech and action make the perfect conduct.

He, who takes from one to give to another, goes to heavens empty-handed.

An agreement is a kind of debt.

Cautious people are safe.

Unless you put your hands in holes, snakes won’t bite you.

Instruct a man, you instruct an individual.

The liar cheats the greedy.

Love truth even if it harms you, and hate lies even if they serve you.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

The greedy man’s money is taken by the liar.

The tar of my country is better than the honey of others.

The Kingdom of Morocco

Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.

Morocco’s predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber.

Rabat is the capital of Morocco and its seventh largest city center with an urban population of approximately 580,000 (2014) and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. (
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More Proverbs and Sayings of Moroccan origin

Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.

If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.

Work and you will be strong; sit and you will stink.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.

Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it

Cold teaches a man how to steal charcoal.

Every beauty has got a defect.

If you don’t understand it with a wink, you certainly will with a blow.

Among walnuts only the empty one speaks.

No lamb has ever been born with its wool on.

Endurance pierces marble.

By all means make friends with the dog, but do not lay aside the stick.

It is better to be the object of jealousy, than of pity.

No cat has ever fled from a house where a wedding party is held.

The camel doesn’t see his heap; he rather sees that of his friend.

A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.

One who is not moved by words is not moved by the stick.

The hen lays an egg, and the cock feels the pain in his backside.

Kill two birds with the one stone.

A good name is more valuable than a velvet garment.

It is worse to be wounded by words than a sword.

He is accused of warmth whilst he is dying out of cold.

Abundance of money is a trial for a man.

If you are a peg, endure the knocking; if you are a mallet, strike.

No one knows my intentions except my daughter.

Do not correct with a strike that which can be taught with a kiss.

If you play with the dog, it will lick your lips

A garden without a fence is like a dog without a tail.

If the judge is against you, withdraw the complaint.

The heart of a fool is in his mouth; the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools.

A known mistake is better than an unknown truth.

He, who thinks the soup is cold, he’s just to put his hand in.

If the step-mother were affectionate, the snake would be a healer

My close neighbor is better than my far brother .

He who wants honey should bear bees’ stings.

He, who has been invited in the day of the ceremony, has better to stay home.

Never pour your water until you get to water and taste it.

The shut mouth is not accessible to flies.

He, who is motherless, he is as if dead.

He, who ties it with his hands, must untie it with his teeth.

The hen washed its legs and forgot its dirty past.

The falcon does not struggle when he is caught.

The wall has fallen on its shadow.

A childless woman is like a tent without pillars.

Do not respond to a barking dog.

If a rich man steals it is a mistake; if a poor man makes a mistake he has stolen.

In every false step there is something good.

The pumpkin gives birth and the fence has the trouble.

A wise woman has much to say and yet remains silent.

It is thanks to the holiness of the book that its cover is kissed.

The polite tongue can suck the lioness breast.

Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.

Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous.

Whoever does not respect you, insults you.

Nobody has ever lived the way he wished.

Exert effort, you shall be rewarded.

He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

Compete, don’t envy.

Either do as your neighbors do, or move away.

When my child and I have eaten — then clear the table.

If a man falls, all will tread on him.

An old cat will not learn how to dance.

He who flatters with laughter wants to see you cry.

Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.

A fly will not get into a closed mouth.

One is carrying it; the other is suffering from its heaviness.

Don’t shoot till you get nearer and befriend someone till you try him.

If there were no cold Friday evenings and boring Saturdays, no one would get married any more.

You can’t catch two frogs with one hand.

He who chooses to be a grain, the hen will eat him.

No land without stones, no meat without bones.

He who bites you and you don’t bite him in return, you are toothless.

He, who has been bitten by a snake, fears the rope.

Many are the roads that do not lead to the heart.

A little nod is enough for the wise man; an ass needs a fist.

Many hands make light work.

The chicken in agony, her eyes on food.

Nothing dries sooner than a tear.

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.

Meat and mass never hindered man.

The woman is only but a woman. She’s neither a sun nor a moon.

The “Cherifian” Anthem has been the anthem of the Kingdom of Morocco even before the country gained its independence in 1956.

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