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Proverbs, Old Sayings and Proverbial Wisdom From Egypt

Motivating Quotes and Proverbial Wisdom from North Africa about Destiny, Honor and Beauty, Life and Food

nspiring Quotes and Proverbial Wisdom from Egypt about Fortune, Pride and Dignity, Time and Mortality

The one who voyages the Nile Feluccas must have sails made of patience. -- Egyptian Proverb
The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer. -- Egyptian Proverb

A boy’s ears are on his back: he hears when he is beaten. -- Egyptian Proverb

 He who has bread and something to dip it in has the whole of happiness. -- Egypt Proverb

 When thou journeyest into the shadows, take not sweetmeats with thee, but a seed of corn and a bottle of tears and wine; that thou mayst have a garden in the land whither thou go eat. -- Egyptian Proverb

 It is better for us that the catastrophe happens instead of waiting for it. -- Egypt Proverb

A kind welcome is better than a good dinner. -- Egyptian Proverb

 Ignorance is Darkness. -- Egyptian Prover

Beat a chained man to frighten the rest who are free. -- Egyptian Proverb

To be in bed and sleep not, to want for one who comes not, to try to please and please not. -- Egyptian Proverb

He that hath pleasant dreams is more fortunate than one who hath a cup-bearer. -- Egyptian Proverb

Either you're a player, or you're a sucker. -- Egyptian Proverb

To speak the name of the dead is to make him live again. -- Egyptian Proverb

He never smiles, not even for hot bread. -- Egyptian Proverb

Experience will show you; a Master can only point the way. -- Egyptian Proverb

Start walking, and eventually you'll find what you need-- even if it's not what you want. -- Egyptian Proverb

The dearest son is the grandson. -- Egyptian Proverb

The drunk is in the care of the sober.--Egyptian Proverb

The doors of the hidden land are opened before you…Osiris, conqueror of millions of years, come unto thee. -- Egyptian Proverb

A sculptor is a maker of things eternal. -- Egyptian Proverb

Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone. -- Egyptian Proverb

The boatsman reacheth the landing partly by pulling, partly by letting go. -- Egyptian Proverb

Happy is he who has seen the most water. -- Egyptian Proverb

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What are Proverbs and Where do the come from?

Proverbs and old sayings reveal many aspects about the cultural  traditions of a society. Proverbs originated from indigenous humble folk who handed down these wise old sayings over the centuries, generation to generation. Many proverbs serve as advisory tales, wise counsel and occasionally chastisement.