Afghan Proverbs – ضرب المثل های افغانستان

Afghanistan has a rich oral tradition of proverbs. There are two official languages, Farsi (often called Dari) and Pashto. Both have proverbs that colourfully illustrate traditional wisdom. Here is a sample of proverbs in Farsi:

کوه هر قدر بلند باشد، سر خود راه دارد
Even the highest of mountains has a path to the top

(“Where there is a will there is a way”)

October Break 168

 قطره قطره دریا می‏شه
Drop by drop a river is formed

(An accumulation of small efforts can produce great results)


                                                                        هیچ گل بی خارنیست                                                                                                            There is no rose without thorns

(Nothing comes without a cost)

Mazar 031

چیزی گندم تر، چیزی آسیاب کند

The wheat is a little wet; the millstone a little dull

(Both sides must take some responsibility for a problem)

Badakhshan 070

مهمان دوست خدا است

Guests are friends of God

I have previously posted about how much Afghans value hospitality.

Badakhshan 151

If you would like to see more, one of the best compilations of Afghan proverbs that I have found can be found here. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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