10 Uplifting Arab Proverbs We All Need Right Now

The comfort of words never gets old

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Few languages in the world are as poetic as Arabic. I mean, the earliest form of Arabic literature was poetry, which dates as far back as the 6th century. 

Even before that, oral poetry was a cultural staple. Modern Arabic comes with a legion of proverbs, which are often handed down generationally and put our common philosophies front and centre. 

Whether it comes to the importance of family, health or friendship, Arab proverbs are a great source of wisdom. We’ve rounded up our favourite uplifting proverbs for you to find comfort in. 

On family
“A house divided cannot stand.”

On wisdom
The fruit of silence is tranquillity.”

On failure
“Every sun has to set.”

On actions
“Avoid that which requires an apology.”

On success
“Wishing does not make a poor man rich.”

On innovation
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

On life and work
“A tree begins with a seed.”

On health
“Good health is a crown worn by the healthy that only the ill can see.”

On friendship
“You can’t clap with one hand.”

On speaking up
“Silence is the sign of approval.”

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