A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. [a saying from Mevlana]
A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
A day is never so long that night does not follow. +
A debt never rots.
A dull pencil is greater than the sharpest memory.
A fatherís goodness is higher than the mountains, a motherís goodness is deeper than the sea.
A fire will burn its surroundings. +
A fool and his money are soon parted. [see: Quran, 4/5]
A fool may give a wise man counsel.
A fool may put something in a wise bodyís head.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A good enemy is a better person than a false friend.
A good friend is worth many relations.
A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.
A good name is better than riches.
A good wife is a goodly prize.
A guilty conscience betrays itself.
A guilty conscience is a self-accuser (feels continual fear).
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
A half truth is a whole lie.
A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
A man (person) is known by the company he keeps. [a saying from 4. Caliph Ali]
A man without shame is always full. +
A penny earned is a penny lost; a penny shared is a penny well-spent.
A promise is a debt. [see: Quran, 17/34]
A prophet is not recognized in his own land.
A safe conscience makes a sound sleep.
A soft answer turns away wrath. [see: Quran, 13/22; 17/53; 28/54; 41/34; 42/37, 40]
A true man earns his bread even from a rock. +
A word is enough to the wise.
A word spoken is past recalling.
A word to the wise is enough (sufficient).
Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Action speaks louder than words.
All covet, all lose.
All good things come to he who waits.
All must be as God wills.
All the wit in the world is not in one head.
All the world is your country, to do good is your religion. [see: Quran, 16/30, 90; 29/56]
All things must pass.
All truth must not be told at all times.
Always care about your flowers and your friends.
An idle brain is the devilís shop.
An idle mind is the devilís workshop (playground).
An idle person is the devilís cushion.
An old man is not to be laughed at. +
Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
Anger cannot stand without a strong hand.
Anger dieth quickly with a good man.
Anger is a short madness.
Anger is misery. +
Anger punishes itself.
As pride increases, fortune declines.
As soon as a man is born, he begins to die.
As we will the end we must will the means.
As you sow so will you reap.
Be just to all, but trust not all.
Be the best that you can be.
Be yourself in every situation.
Beauty has wings and too hastily flies.
Better a poor manís honour than a rich manís money. + [see: Quran, 2/273]
Better alone than in bad company.
Better an open enemy than a false friend.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Better fill a gluttonís belly than his eye. [a hadith form]
Better safe (sure) than sorry.
Better say nothing than not to the purpose.
Better to do a little right than a lot wrong. [see: Quran, 11/114]
Better to keep quiet than speak evil. + [a hadith form]
Bitter pills may have blessed effects.
Brain is better than brawn.
Busy youth makes easy age.
By othersí faults wise men correct their own. [see: Quran, 12/111; 23/44]
Charity begins at home.
Charity covers a multitude of sins.
Cheats never prosper.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. [a hadith form]
Clothes do not make the man.
Content is better than riches.
Count your blessings.
Death admits no appeals.
Death arrives uninvited. [see: Quran, 74/47]
Death is deaf and will hear no denial.
Death spares neither small nor great.
Dicing, drabbing and drinking bring men to destruction. [see: Quran, 2/219; 4/43; 5/90-91; 37/45-47; 56/18-19]
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Discretion is the better part of valor.
Do as you would be done by. [a hadith form]
Do unto others as you would have done to (them do unto) you. [a hadith form]
Do well and have well.
Donít burn your bridges.
Donít despise a gift because it is small.
Donít take what is strange, donít give up what is yours.
Donít worry, God has a plan.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
East or west, home is best. [see: Quran, 16/80]
Eat when youíre hungry, and drink when youíre dry. [a hadith form]
Envy is its own torturer.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Every disease will have its course.
Every extremity is a fault (vice). [see: Quran, 39/53]
Every great man may meet his match.
Every man has his forte.
Every one in his own house and God in all menís. +
Every sore has its salve.
Every why has a wherefore.
Everyone ages, but pray to God that you never become a cripple.
Everyone for his own and God for everything. +
Everyone knows when and where they were born, but no one knows the time or place they will die. + [see: Quran, 31/34]
Everything happens for a reason.
Everything has a beginning.
Everything has an end except(ing) God. +
Evil is ancient and man mortal.
Evil seldom goes alone.
Eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. [see: Quran, 5/45; 42/40]
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. [see: Quran, 5/45; 42/40]
Fact is stranger than fiction. [see: Quran, 15/14-15]
Fair and softly goes far in a way. [see: Quran, 3/159; 41/34; 42/37, 40]
Fair exchange is no robbery. [see: Quran, 2/275]
Faith will move mountains.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Father and mother are kind, but God is kinder. +
Fear has large eyes. + [see: Quran, 14/42; 21/97]
Few words are best.
First things first.
First think and then speak. [see: Quran, 46/7]
Fish and guests smell after three days.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. (Fool me thrice, shame on both of us.)
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Forecast is better than handwork.
Forewarned is forearmed.
Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time. [see: Quran, 2/219; 4/43; 5/90-91; 37/45-47; 56/18-19]
Gifts break a rock.
Give credit where credit is due. [a hadith form]
Give respect, take respect.
Give, and ye shall receive.
Giving to oneself is better than receiving. + [a hadith form]
Giving will make no one poor. + [see: Quran, 2/267-268]
Gluttony kills more than the sword.
God comes at last when we think He is farthest off. +
God cures and the physician takes the fee. [see: Quran, 26/80]
God deals his wrath by weight but without weight his mercy.
God delays but does not forget. +
God does not burden man with a load greater than he can carry. + [see: Quran, 2/286; 23/62]
God does not pay weekly but He pays at the end. +
God gives burden and shoulders. [see: Quran, 2/286; 23/62]
God gives to them that give to others. + [see: Quran, 2/277; 34/39; 57/18]
God helps the early riser. +
God helps those who help themselves.
God is not hasty but He forgets nothing. +
God is the enemy of the proud. +
God knows who are the best pilgrims. [see: Quran, 2/158; 16/125; 17/25; 22/37; 29/10; 39/70; 53/32]
God loves good accounts. [see: Quran, 2/195, 222; 3/76, 134, 146, 148, 165; 5/13, 42, 54, 93; 9/4, 7, 108; 49/9; 60/8; 61/4]
God made the world so wisely, so wisely governs it.
God never sends mouths but He sends meat.
God permits the wicked but not forever.
God postpones, He does not overlook. +
God reaches us good things by our own hands.
God sends enough to all. +
God stays long but strikes at last.
God works in mysterious ways.
Godís providence is the sweet and best inheritance.
Good begets more good, but evil always leads to evil. +
Good deeds never rot. +
Good shall overcome evil.
Good things are worth waiting for.
Gossiping and lying go together. [see: Quran, 6/116; 10/36, 66; 49/12; 53/28]
Great haste makes great waste.
Guests and fish stink on the third day.
Half the truth is often a whole lie.
Haste is of the devil.
Haste makes waste.
He is a man who keeps his word. + [see: Quran, 2/177]
He is rich who is satisfied.
He loseth nothing that keeps God for his friend.
He that goes softly, goes safely.
He that has pity upon the poor lends to the Lord.
He that hath not silver in his purse should have silk in his tongue.
He that loses anything and gets wisdom by it gains by the loss.
He that loves his children corrects them well.
He that sends mouths, sends meat.
He that takes the devil into the boat must carry him over the sound.
He who follows the dung beetle ends up in a dunghill. +
He who gives away his only one will be left with nothing. + [see: Quran, 17/29]
He who gives his only one God will reward twice. + [see: Quran, 2/274; 13/22; 28/54; 33/35; 42/36-39; 57/7, 11, 18; 59/9; 73/20]
He who helps the poor lends to the Lord. + [see: Quran, 2/274; 13/22; 28/54; 33/35; 42/36-39; 57/7, 11, 18; 59/9; 73/20]
He who humbles himself is elevated. + [see: Quran, 22/34-35]
He who is born cannot avoid death.
He who is useless for himself is useless for others.
He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon.
Health is above wealth.
Health is better than wealth.
Health is not valued till sickness comes.
Health is wealth.
Honesty is the best policy.
How should one know another manís heart. + [see: Quran, 28/69; 29/10; 67/13-14]
How you live, thatís also how you are talked about.
I donít know how cloudís are formed, but the clouds do, and thatís the important thing.
I know the place where I was born, the place where I grew up, but not the place where I will die. + [see: Quran, 31/34]
Idle hands are the devilís playthings.
If a man cheats me once, shame on him; if he cheats me twice, shame on me.
If God be with us everything that is impossible becomes possible.
If God be with us who shall stand against us. +
If God had meant us to fly, He would have given us wings.
If itís worth doing, itís worth over-doing.
If the elderly keep not their dignity, the young will not act respectfully.
If you are going to eat with the Devil, bring a long spoon.
If you donít have anything nice to say, donít say anything at all. [a hadith form]
If you keep your mouth shut, you wonít put your foot in it.
If you want a thing done right (well), do it yourself.
If you want it done right, do it yourself.
If you want something done, do it yourself.
If youth could know, if old age could do.
Ill words corrupt good manners. + [see: Quran, 17/53]
In doing good one does it to oneself; in doing evil one does it to oneself.
In the end, a manís motives are second to his accomplishments.
It is a sin if the poor show off, the rich steal and the old commit adultery. + [a hadith form]
It is human to err, it is devilish to remain wilfully in error.
It is never too late (to mend).
Itís a blessing in disguise.
Itís always darkest before the dawn.
Itís better to give than to receive.
Itís not over till itís over.
Itís often a personís mouth broke their nose.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Knavery may serve a turn but honesty never fails.
Know thyself, give another man his due. +
Know when to spend and when to spare, and you need not be busy, youíll never be bare.
Knowledge is power. [see: Quran, 39/9; 12/55, 76]
Labour as long lived, pray as ever dying. [a hadith form]
Let not the sun go down on your wrath.
Let not your tongue cut your throat.
Let the punishment fit the crime.
Life does not come with the (any) guarantees.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Life is what you make it.
Look on the sunny side of life.
Love is blind. [a hadith form]
Malice hurts itself most.
Man doth what he can and God what he will.
Man is truly himself when heís alone.
Man isnít old, the devil in hell is old.
Man proposes, God disposes.
Manners maketh man.
Many men, many minds.
Many things are lost for want of asking.
Measure for measure.
Measure twice, cut but once.
Mercy is better than a hard punishment. + [see: Quran, 13/22; 28/54; 41/34; 42/37, 40]
Mind your own business.
Misery loves company.
Misery will teach you to pray. +
Moderation in all things.
Money does not grow on trees.
Money helps up to the gates of hell. + [see: Quran, 9/34-35]
Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.
Never hand an ill workman good tools. [a hadith form]
Never judge by appearances.
Never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing. [a hadith form]
Never let the sun go down on your anger.
No bird flies without wings. + [see: Quran, 67/19]
No man can serve two masters.
No man lives twice.
No one believes the words of a liar. +
No one can serve two masters.
No one knows what the morrow will bring. + [see: Quran, 31/34]
No rest for the wicked.
No stolen property is blessed (lucky).
No two days are alike.
No tyrant rules long. +
No use striving against fate.
Nobody can live longer in peace than his neighbour pleaseth.
Nobody is perfect.
None so blind as those who wonít see. [see: Quran, 10/42-43; 43/40]
Of evil grain, no good seed can come.
Of saving comes having.
Of three roads take the middle.
Old age is a sickness in itself.
Old men are twice children. [see: Quran, 36/68]
Once bitten, twice shy.
One does not wash away blood with blood.
One evil rises out of another.
One eyewitness is worth ten earwitnesses.
One finger gashed - all the fingers are covered with blood. +
One God and no more, but friends a good store.
One good turn deserves (asks) another.
One ill word asks another.
One knows a man by his trade even if it is drinking beer.
Patience is a flower that grows not in everyoneís garden.
Patience is a virtue. [see: Quran, 41/35]
Patience is bitter, its fruit is sweet.
Patient men win the day.
Peace builds, quarrelling shatters. +
People will come, people will go.
Persistence becomes reality.
Play, women, and wine undo men laughing. [see: Quran, 2/219; 4/43; 5/90-91; 37/45-47; 56/18-19]
Politeness cost nothing and gains everything.
Possession is nine points of the law.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
Poverty is no sin.
Preserve thyself from the occasion and God will preserve thee from the sin.
Pride goes (comes) before the fall.
Prior preparation prevents poor performance.
Probity is the only coin that has value everywhere.
Reality is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Reality is often stranger than fiction. [see: Quran, 15/14-15]
Say something nice or say nothing at all. [a hadith form]
Seek and ye shall find.
Self-praise comes aye stinking ben.
Self-praise is no praise.
Set good against evil.
Shared are the believersí belongings.
Shrouds have no pockets.
Sleep is brother to death. [see: Quran, 6/60; 39/42]
Sloth is the root of all evil. +
Slow but sure.
Small gifts are mementos friendship. [a hadith form]
Small presents keep up friendship. [a hadith form]
Someone who gossips to you will gossip about you.
Speech is the picture of the mind.
Speech shows what a man is.
Subtlety is better than force.
Success grows out of struggles to overcome difficulties.
Tell the truth and shame the Devil.
That man is to be feared who fears not God. +
The beauty is but a skin deep; within is filth and putrefaction.
The best mirror is an old friend.
The best road is the straightest.
The best things in life are free. [see: Quran, 14/34; 16/4-18, 78, 81]
The blind leads the blind and both fall into the ditch.
The cardplayer will see the gates of hell.
The danger past, God forgotten.
The devil finds (makes) work for idle hands (to do).
The devil when he purports any evil against man, first perverts his mind.
The devil will be busy between the newly-weds for seven years. +
The dog eats his vomit, the bad man his words. +
The end crowns all.
The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a whole life. +
The eyes would continue to eat, though the stomach is full. + [a hadith form]
The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
The key to all action lies in belief.
The liar is the thiefís brother.
The longest day must have an end.
The more you know, the more you know you donít know.
The most deadly of wild beasts is a backbiter, of tame ones a flatterer.
The noblest vengeance is to forgive.
The old shouldnít be mocked. + [a hadith form]
The pain of the little finger is felt by the entire body. [a hadith form]
The spoken word, the shot arrow, take it away if you can. +
The tongue breaks bones, though itself has none.
The tree is known by his fruit.
The truth will out.
The whole dignity of man lies in the power of thought.
The worth of a thing is what it will bring.
There are so many things to say that are better left unsaid.
There but for the grace of God go I.
There is a limit to everything.
There is a remedy for everything (all things) but death.
There is no god except God. [see: Quran, 2/163; 3/18; 16/2, 22; 17/39; 21/22; 27/59-65; 40/2-3; 112/1-4]
There is none so blind as those who will not see. [see: Quran, 10/42-43; 43/40]
There is none so deaf as those who will not hear. [see: Quran, 10/42-43; 43/40]
There is nothing as powerful as truth.
Thereís no arguing with the barrel of a gun. [a hadith form]
This, too, shall pass.
Tit for tat. [see: Quran, 5/45; 42/40]
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
To give a thing and take a thing is fit for the devilís darling.
Too much hope deceives.
Trust in God and keep your powder dry.
Truth is stranger than fiction. [see: Quran, 15/14-15]
Two heads are better than one.
Union is strength.
Vengeance is mine, thus saith the Lord. [see: Quran, 3/4; 5/95; 7/135-136; 14/42, 47; 15/79; 30/47; 32/22; 39/37; 43/25; 43/41]
Virtue is the foundation of happiness, vice the presage of misery.
Virtue which parleys is near a surrender. [a hadith form]
We all make mistakes.
We are all Adamís children. [a hadith form]
We are all in the same boat. [a hadith form]
We live as we can, not as we wish. +
What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
What God will, no frost can kill.
What is done with laughter is paid in tears. +
What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
What the heart thinks, the mouth speaks.
What you collect in youth, youíll find in front of you in old age. +
What you sow is what you reap.
When a (one) door closes another (door) opens.
When God gives light He gives it for all. +
When God means to punish a nation He deprives its rulers of wisdom. +
When God says to-day the devil says to-morrow. +
When God will not the saints cannot. +
When has the greedy man had enough?
When one door closes, another door opens.
When the anguish is greatest, Godís help is highest.
When the need is highest, help is nearest. [see: Quran, 2/214]
When wine is in, wit is out. [see: Quran, 2/219; 4/43; 5/90-91; 37/45-47; 56/18-19]
When you give, give and be quiet. +
Where vice goes before, vengeance follows after.
While thereís life thereís hope.
Who hath God hath all, who hath him not hath less than nothing.
Who is fated to be hanged will not die in the water. +
Who keeps company with the wolf (wolves) will learn to howl.
Whom God loves, his house is savory to him.
Whom God will help no man (none) can hinder (hurt).
Whosoever digs a pit, will fall into it himself. [see: Quran, 3/54; 8/30; 10/21; 13/42; 14/46; 16/26, 45-46; 27/50-51; 35/10, 43; 52/42, 46; 84/15-17]
Willful waste makes woeful want.
Wine has drowned more men than the sea. [see: Quran, 2/219; 4/43; 5/90-91; 37/45-47; 56/18-19]
Winning is earning. Losing is learning.
Wisdom begins with the fear of God. +
Wise fear begets care.
Without enforcement lawlessness always results.
Wonders will never cease.
Work not, eat not.
Worship the Creator not His creation. [see: Quran, 3/79-80; 41/37]
Write injuries in the sand, kindnesses in marble.
You are like your friends. + [a saying from 4. Caliph Ali]
You are what you eat. [a hadith form]
You canít take it with you.
You leave work only under the turf. +
You were born once, you will die once; no one dies twice.
The Last Sermon of Messenger Muhammad (sav)
This sermon which was set out to more than a hundred thousand Muslims by Muhammad (sav) in the year 632 in Mecca during Hajja-tul-Wada (the Farewell Pilgrimage) is, at the same time, the essence and summary of Islam which is the declaration of Muhammad (sav); This Exemplifying Messenger (how happy for those who take Him as model), said after praising and thanking Allah:
Oí People! Listen to my words, for I do not know whether we shall ever meet again and perform Hajj after this year.
Oí People! Verily your blood, your property and your honor are sacred and inviolable until you appear before your Lord, as the sacred inviolability of this day of yours, this month of yours and this very town (of yours).
Oí My People! Verily you will soon meet your Lord and you will be held answerable for your actions. Take heed not to go astray after me and strike one anotherís necks. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly.
Oí My People! Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. All interest obligation is waived, under my feet. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (Interest). All interests are due to Abbas Ibn Abd-al-Muttalib (the Prophet's Uncle) shall henceforth be waived.
Oí My People! The blood revenges of the days of ignorance are remitted. The first claim on blood I abolish is that of Ibn Rabiah bin Harith who was nursed in the tribe of Saíad and whom the Hudhayls killed.
Oí People! Changing the places of the forbidden months just to fight is to go too far in blasphemy. This is something the non-Muslims contradict with themselves. They declare a month forbidden but they declare it permissible the next year. They just do it to match the number Allah has declared forbidden and permissible. They call what Allah declared forbidden as permissible and the things that Allah declared permissible as forbidden. There is no doubt that time has turned back to the way Allah created and to His order.
Oí People! Verily, the Satan is disappointed at ever being worshipped in this land of yours, but he will be pleased by obedience in anything (short of worship that is) in matters you may be disposed to think insignificant, so beware of him in your matters of religion.
Oí People! Treat the women kindly, since they are your helpers and not in a position to manage their affairs themselves. Fear Allah concerning women, for verily you have taken them on the security of Allah and have made their persons lawful unto you by words of Allah. Verily you have got certain rights over your women and your women have certain rights over you. It is your right upon them to honor their conjugal rights, and not to commit acts of impropriety, which if they do, you are authorized by Allah to separate them from your beds and chastise them, but not severely, and if they refrain, then clothe and feed them properly.
Oí Believers! Verily I have left amongst you that which will never lead you astray, the Book of Allah (Quran), which if you hold fast you shall never go astray.
Oí Believers! Listen to my words and protect them well. Every Muslim is the brother of every other Muslim, and all the Muslims form one brotherhood. Nothing of his brother is lawful for a Muslim except what he himself gives willingly.
Oí My People! Do not do injustice to yourselves. You have rights on yourself.
Oí People! Your Allah is One. Your father is one, too. All mankind is from Adam, Adam is from soil. The most precious of you are the ones who has the most piety. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.
Oí People! And if you were asked about me, what would you say?
(They answered, ďWe bear witness that you have conveyed the trust (of religion) and discharged your ministry of Prophet¨hood and looked to our welfare.Ē Thereupon Allahís Messenger (may peace be upon him) lifted his forefinger towards the sky and then pointing towards people said:)
- Bear Thou witness unto it! Bear Thou witness unto it! Bear Thou witness unto it!
(Source: Encyclopedia of Hadiths;
Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawoud, Tirmizhi)
References and/or Recommendations
- Holy Quran
- Encyclopedia of Hadiths
(The Matti Kuusi International Database of Proverbs)
(Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages)
- Select English/American Proverbs, Mustafa Akkus
- Select English/Turkish Proverbs, Mustafa Akkus
- Select English/Chinese Proverbs, Mustafa Akkus
- Select English/Chinese/Turkish Proverbs, Mustafa Akkus
- Business English Dictionary, Appendix of Proverbs and Sayings,
Mustafa Akkus (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RZ2YOY)
- Basic Answers about Islam, Seckin Islamoglu
- The Best One of The Words, Seckin Islamoglu
(To Be A Friend of Allah and Best Prayers)
- Last Two Messengers, Seckin Islamoglu
(Jesus in the Quran & Muhammad in the Bible)
- The Good News, Seckin Islamoglu