Bedouin Proverbs

Sayings of Bedouin origin

My father rode a camel, I shall ride a pick-up and my son will drive a Cadillac; however my grandson will drive a donkey.

When the shooting starts climb on your camel and head for the mountaintops.

I give thee flight without wings.

The lightly burdened shall be saved.

At the narrow passage, there is no brother and no friend.

When you sleep in a house your thoughts are as high as the ceiling, when you sleep outside they are as high as the stars.

He who shares my bread and salt is not my enemy.

The broth is cooking, and now we have to act as one.

Rather the cruelty of the Turks than the justice of the Bedouins.

Keep women far away from song, because it is a summons to adultery.

Only in complete silence, will you hear the desert.

My treasures do not chink or glitter. They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.

As the camel falls to its knees, more knives are drawn.

I against my brother. My brother and I against our cousin. My brother, my cousin and I against the neighbors. All of us against the stranger.

Knowledge is light. And all who contribute bring light to our world.

The braid must never walk before the moustache.

Truth may walk through the world unarmed.

The Bedouin ; from the Arabic badawiyyīn, plural of badawī , are a part of a predominantly desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group traditionally divided into tribes, or clans. ~  (An excerpt from Wikipedia)