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  • Mehg tzehrkuh moiyssuh guh luhvah, yehrgou tzehrkuh mahkour guhlahn

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  • yerghou lahr khaghtzogh, meg chuhvanee vuhrah chehn guhrnarh khaghahl

    Two people with strong egos cannot always cooperate to achieve a goal. It also may convey the thought that a cheater may easily recognize another cheater and not fall for his ruse.

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  • yes aghah, toun aghah, mehr aghoun ohv aghah

    This proverb conveys the meaning “If you are a boss and I am a boss, then where are the workers.
    In English, “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians,” or “If everyone is a supervisor, none of the work will get done.”

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  • keeoughun havakvee keranuh guh godree

    This proverb implies that when a large crowd assembles there is no obstacle that can stop it.

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  • Meg tzerkuh tzayn chee haneer

    This proverb implies that cooperative work is necessary to get a job done.

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  • Megh tzerk tzayn chellarh

    This proverb indicates that it takes two people to fight. There is wisdom in exercising patience and tolerance in the wake of provocation. It is often encountered that people will try to provoke or incite others with hurtful remarks. It is the sign of a great person who remains serene in the face of provocation and can objectively address issues without resorting to abusive retort or quid pro quo, thus maintaining the high ground of decent and respectful behavior. There is a rule of thumb that I follow in normal dealing which is, “answer a fool with silence.” (Ahnkhelkin khouskeh mee badaskaneh)

    This proverb has another meaning. It implies that one hand alone cannot clap and make noise. Cooperative effort is required to get a job done well.

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  • Touk polorut ahl eerahrou gohknek
    Yev mezi hamar beedanee kordz guhnek
    Touk polorut ahl eerahrou gohknek

    One day the scissors, sewing needle and the thread had an argument. The thread told the scissors, “You are bad. We fix things and you cut them up.”

    “You speak the truth,” said the needle to the thread. “We sew and mend and the scissors takes our work apart.”

    The thimble also put its two cents into the argument. The argument heated up until the housewife arrived and said, “Don’t vent empty words that confuse each others’ good sense. You are all good because you perform work that is appreciated and valuable. The thread follows the needle, the thimble helps the needle, and the scissors cuts the cloth to be worn. Without the scissors the rest of you would not be able to sew shirts, pants and coats. All of you work cooperatively and help each other so that you do valuable work.”

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  • Don’t be like the axe always striking in one direction
    Rather be like the saw that goes back and forth

    Mee yegheer gahtzee bes vohr mishst guh khupeh mehg tebi kehz
    Ayhl yegheer soghotzee bes, mehg tebi kehz, mehg tebi mhez

    The implication is that the axe (that always strikes in one direction) represents an egotistical person always endeavoring to bring everything to center around him. The saw (which goes back and forth) is compared to a balanced person who will share as much as he takes for himself (one for you and one for me).

    The man’s suit said keep me in the closet and I shall keep you (well groomed) among men.

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