Moroccan Food Proverbs

Moroccan Proverbs that Deal with Food

He who wants honey should tolerate bee stings. (Moroccan Proverb). © Mateusz Atroszko, stockxchng

Proverbs are short, catchy sayings which give advice or reveal widely-believed truths. Some proverbs cross cultural boundaries and similar versions can be found in many languages. "All roads lead to Rome" is one such proverb.

Moroccans have loads of proverbs. Below are some which are related to food, eating and cooking. For even more proverbs from Morocco, see the list of Traditional Moroccan Proverbs.

Moroccan Food Proverbs

  • He who eats when he is full, digs his grave with his teeth.
  • A strainer is none the worse for having another hole.
  • He who wants honey should tolerate bee stings.
  • He who touches honey is compelled to lick his fingers.
  • He who chooses to be a grain, the hen will eat him.
  • The children of him who has wheat in his house should not beg of his neighbor.
  • The eating of worms is better than the food of envious people.
  • Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bone.
  • Feed your guests, even if you are starving.
  • Friendship is honey – but don’t eat it all.
  • He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.
  • A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.
  • Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.
  • The tar of my country is better than the honey of others.
  • When my child and I have eaten, then clear the table.
  • Evening promises are like butter – morning comes, and it’s all melted.
  • There is no hunger but the hunger of wheat.
  • He who fills his stomach with melons is like he who fills it with light.
  • Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous.
  • No land without stones, no meat without bones.
  • At dinner, the butcher eats parsnip.
  • When a cow falls, everybody gets his knife to take a piece of it.
  • All raisins have a stick on them.
  • Without fingers, the hand would be a spoon.
  • A small date stone props up the water jar.
  • The pumpkin gives birth and the fence has the trouble.
  • The dog cannot bite when he has a bone in his mouth.
  • An egg cannot break a stone.
  • The biggest nuts are those which are empty.
  • Among walnuts only the empty one speaks.
  • When the chicken’s feathers are of gold, it isn’t smart to make broth out of the hen.
  • What you have put into your kettle comes out into your spoon.
  • Every sheep hangs by its own leg.
  • If you make yourself honey, the flies will eat you.
  • Mother a weed, father a weed. Do you expect the daughter to be a saffron root?
  • One cannot hold two watermelons in one hand.
  • Put your dates in the honey pot, but don't sink it afterward in the mud of the Nile.
  • You can count the number of apples in one tree, but you can never count the number of trees in one apple.
  • When you have put your head into the mortar, it is useless to dread the sound of the pestle.