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”)
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)
The wheat is a little wet; the millstone a little dull
(Both sides must take some responsibility for a problem)
Guests are friends of God
I have previously posted about how much Afghans value hospitality.
If you would like to see more, one of the best compilations of Afghan proverbs that I have found can be found here.
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