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Assyrian Proverbs

There is no shame in not knowing the shame lies in not finding out.
Assyrian Proverb
A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.
Assyrian Proverb
The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
Assyrian Proverb
Gossip needs no carriage.
Assyrian Proverb
The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe.
Assyrian Proverb
You can not write in the chimney with charcoal.
Assyrian Proverb
If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.
Assyrian Proverb
Tell me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.
Assyrian Proverb
Life is unbearable, but death is not so pleasant either.
Assyrian Proverb
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
Assyrian Proverb
The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
Assyrian Proverb
He who doesn't risk never gets to drink wine.
Assyrian Proverb
Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Assyrian Proverb
Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
Assyrian Proverb
Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear and man from all sides.
Assyrian Proverb


Babylonian Proverbs

An infection without a doctor is like hunger without food.
Babylonian Proverb
A hostile act you shall not perform, that fear of vengeance shall not consume you.
Babylonian Proverb
Writing is the mother of eloquence and the father of artists.
Babylonian Proverb
If you go and take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.
Babylonian Proverb
He is altogether good, but he is clothed with darkness.
Babylonian Proverb
If I do more than is expected, who will repay me?
Babylonian Proverb
The strong live by their own wages; the weak by the wages of their children.
Babylonian Proverb
Be gentle to your enemy as to an old oven.
Babylonian Proverb
Upon a glad heart oil is poured out of which no one knows.
Babylonian Proverb
If the husk is not right, the kernel is not right, it will not produce seed.
Babylonian Proverb
If I put anything down it is snatched away.
Babylonian Proverb
Friendship is for the day of trouble, posterity for the future.
Babylonian Proverb


Sumerian Proverbs

Whoever has walked with truth generates life.
Sumerian Proverb
A troubled mind makes you sick.
Sumerian Proverb
The poor man chews whatever he is given.
Sumerian Proverb
Wealth is hard to come by, but poverty is always at hand.
Sumerian Proverb
A dog which is played with turns into a puppy.
Sumerian Proverb
The honest man will earn his pay.
Sumerian Proverb
When righteousness is cut off, injustice is increased.
Sumerian Proverb
Good fortune calls for organisation and wisdom.
Sumerian Proverb
He who knows how to move around . . . will live longer than the sedentary man.
Sumerian Proverb
Talking endlessly is what humankind has most on its mind.
Sumerian Proverb
To eat is good. When it comes up again, it is bad.
Sumerian Proverb
Nine wolves having caught ten sheep, there was one too many and they did not know how to share out the portions. A fox came along and said: "Let me allocate the portions for you! The nine of you take one sheep. I by myself shall take nine -- this shall be my share!
Sumerian Proverb
As long as you live you should not increase evil by telling lies.
Sumerian Proverb
The palace is a slippery place which catches those who do not know it.
Sumerian Proverb
After becoming a thief, one becomes an outcast.
Sumerian Proverb
A heart never created hatred; speech created hatred.
Sumerian Proverb
When a man comes forward as a witness, saying: "Let me tell you what I know about him", but does not know the relevant information, it is an abomination.
Sumerian Proverb
A disgraced merchant becomes a con-man.
Sumerian Proverb
To be sick is acceptable; to be pregnant is painful; but to be pregnant and sick is just too much.
Sumerian Proverb
Life is largely better than death.
Sumerian Proverb
How lowly is the poor man! 
A mill (for him) (is) the edge of the oven; 
His ripped garment will not be mended; 
What he has lost will not be sought for!
Sumerian Proverb
The mother who has given birth to eight young men lies down exhausted.
Sumerian Proverb
Ignoramuses are numerous in the palace.
Sumerian Proverb
Strength cannot keep pace with intelligence.
Sumerian Proverb
He who walks with truth brings life.
Sumerian Proverb
He who carries a light burden can dance.
Sumerian Proverb
The shepherd cannot increase his flock where the wolf takes sheep.
Sumerian Proverb
When present, it was considered a loincloth; when lost, it is considered fine clothing.
Sumerian Proverb
Let the favour be repaid to him who repays a favour.
Sumerian Proverb
He who insults is insulted. He who sneers is sneered at.
Sumerian Proverb
A malicious wife living in the house is worse than all diseases.
Sumerian Proverb
Accept your lot and make your mother happy.
Sumerian Proverb
Give me my tools and I will launch my boat.
Sumerian Proverb
The dog understands: "Take it!" It does not understand: Put it down!
Sumerian Proverb
Marry according to your choice. Have children to your heart's content.
Sumerian Proverb
Hand added to hand, and a man's house is built up.
Stomach added to stomach, and a man's house is destroyed.
Sumerian Proverb
A good word is a friend to numerous men.
Sumerian Proverb
He who eats too much cannot sleep.
Sumerian Proverb
What comes from the heart is known by the heart.
Sumerian Proverb
A loving heart builds houses. A hating heart destroys houses.
Sumerian Proverb
If the foreman does not know how to assign the work, his workers will not stop shaking their heads.
Sumerian Proverb
In an open mouth, a fly enters.
Sumerian Proverb
In the city of the lame, the cripple is a messenger.
Sumerian Proverb
The poor man must always look to his next meal.
Sumerian Proverb
Possessions make trust of crucial importance.
Sumerian Proverb
Keep your feet on the ground!
Sumerian Proverb
When the lion caught a wild boar, he roared: "Your flesh has not yet filled my mouth, but your squeals have deafened my ears!"
Sumerian Proverb
There is no baked cake in the middle of the dough.
Sumerian Proverb
The house built by the upright man is destroyed by the treacherous man.
Sumerian Proverb
Don't pick things ahead of time; some bear fruit later.
Sumerian Proverb
Friendship lasts a day, family lasts forever.
Sumerian Proverb
In the city with no dogs, the fox is boss.
Sumerian Proverb
A slave entrusted with a burial will be negligent.
Sumerian Proverb