>Persian culture has a long, rich history with a great deal of wisdom that has been passed down through the ages. As with most cultural proverbs, there is a common sense wisdom that frequently reminds us of the fact that our worst enemy is very often ourselves.
Famous Persian Proverbs
A bad wound heals but a bad word doesn’t.
A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.
A broken sleeve holdeth the arm back.
A stone thrown at the right time is better than gold given at the wrong time.
A thief is a king till he’s caught.
A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf.
Be a lion at home and a fox abroad.
By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair.
Courteous men learn courtesy from the discourteous.
Courtesy on one side can never last long.
Do little things now; so shall big things come to thee by and by asking to be done.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Do well the little things now; so shall great things come to thee by and by asking to be done.
Epigrams succeed where epics fail.
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
Go and wake up your luck.
Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you’ll see further.
Go further and fare worse.
He gives a party with bath-water.
He gives him roast meat and beats him with the spit.
He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
He who wants content can’t find an easy chair.
I used to feel sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who was dead.
If a man would live in peace, he should be blind, deaf, and dumb.
If fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your tooth.
If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he does not know how wide it is, he will jump, and six times out of ten he will make it.
If the teacher be corrupt, the world will be corrupt.
Luck is infatuated with the efficient.
No lamp burns till morning.
One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
Taking the first step with the good thought, the second with the good word, and the third with the good deed, I enter paradise.
The best memory is that which forgets nothing but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.
The best mode of instruction is to practise what we preach.
The best of friends must part.
The best of men are but men at best.
The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
The doctor must heal his own bald head.
The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet.
Thinking is the essence of wisdom.
Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake.
Walls have mice and mice have ears.
What is brought by the wind will be carried away by the wind.
Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.
Whatever you sow, you reap.
When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined.
Who does not beat his own child will later beat his own breast.
You can’t pick up two melons with one hand.
You can’t please everyone.
You can’t polish a turd.
You can’t push on a rope.
You can’t put an old head on young shoulders.
You can’t put new wine in old bottles.
You can’t squeeze blood from a rock.
You can’t take blood from a stone.