From a book of Arabic proverbs, published in 1891:
- Put the cat in charge of the cheese, and girdle him with the sausage.
- They gave the bear silk to wind into balls. (Said of someone given a task they are unfit to do)
- The cat eats his supper. (Said of someone who's been duped)
- A dog laden with piasters. (A rich miser, or someone wealthy who chooses to live poorly)
- Accustom a dog to your kindness, but don't accustom a man to it. (The dog will be grateful - the man won't.)
- He who needs the dog says to him "Good morning, my lord."
- They said to the wolf: Do not walk behind the sheep, their dust will hurt your eyes. He replied: Their dust is kuhl (kohl, eyeliner) to my eyes.
- Can you make ducks afraid of drowning?
From Jewett, James Richard, 1862-1943. New Haven: American Oriental society, 1891, passim.