Try rewording some of these proverbs to explain their meaning.
To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.
Allah does not destroy the men whom one hates.
He is a fool whose sheep runs away twice.
Because friendship is pleasant, we partake of our friend's entertainment; not because we have not enough to eat in our own house.
When your neighbor's horse falls into a pit, you should not rejoice at it, for your own child may fall into it too.
The pot-lid is always badly off: the pot gets all the sweet, the lid nothing but steam. (2)
You lament not the dead, but lament the trouble of making a grave; the way of the ghost is longer than the grave.
(2) Said of slaves, who work without pay.
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