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Traditional Moroccan Proverbs

Popular Proverbs from Morocco



Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. (Moroccan Proverb)

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Proverbs are frequently-used sayings which often provide witty insight into a culture's beliefs and traditions.

Moroccans use proverbs liberally in their speech. Below is a list of popular proverbs from Morocco. Also see the list of Moroccan Food Proverbs which relate to food, cooking and eating.

Moroccan Proverbs

  • If a man falls, all will tread on him.
  • He who follows the right path, thorns will not hurt him.
  • He who flatters with laughter wants to see you cry.
  • Do not correct with a strike that which can be taught with a kiss.
  • A fly will not get into a closed mouth.
  • A wise woman has much to say and yet remains silent.
  • Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  • If you don't understand it with a wink, you certainly will with a blow.
  • If a rich man steals it is a mistake; if a poor man makes a mistake he has stolen.
  • Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
  • No lamb has ever been born with its wool on.
  • By all means make friends with the dog, but do not lay aside the stick.
  • The heart of a fool is in his mouth; the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
  • If the judge is against you, withdraw the complaint.
  • Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.
  • It is worse to be wounded by words than a sword.
  • Work and you will be strong; sit and you will stink.
  • It is better to be the object of jealousy than pity.
  • An old cat will not learn how to dance.
  • Many are the roads that do not lead to the heart.
  • If you are a peg, endure the knocking; if you are a mallet, strike.
  • Abundance of money is a trial for a man.
  • Do not respond to a barking dog.
  • Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
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