A Collection of Wisdom: Proverbs

Azerbaijani / Azeri Proverbs

Itís impossible to hold two watermelons in one hand.

Courage is ten, and nine is the ability to escape.

One hand washes the other hand, which in turn wash the face.

I attempted to draw the eyebrow, but I ended up poking the eye.

The forest canít be without its jackals.

Laughter is the remedy for 1001 illnesses.

The person who relies on his neighbor will remain without dinner.

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Many of the people in Azerbaijan have Turkish or Persian heritage. Much of the country is mountainous, while other parts are low and level. Azerbaijan has many cultural ties to the bordering countries of Iran and Armenia.

Azerbaijan is primarily a farming and herding community, but about half its population lives in cities. The country was a Soviet Republic for much of the 1900s, but declared independence in 1991.

Themes of Azerbaijan include poetry, philosophy, science, dry weather, cactuses, animal herding, cotton and tobacco farming, and petroleum.