Turkish Proverbs

Don’t look at the shape—look at the character.

Every person admires his own character

One eats while another watches—that is how revolutions are begun.

Death is a black camel that lies down at every door. Sooner or later you must ride the camel.

No matter how much snow falls, it won’t remain there all the way till summer.

There is not a single season without fruit.

A single bad experience is worth a thousand threats.

The place of your birth is less important than how you live.

Don’t fall into a fire in order to avoid the smoke.

If you search for a faultless woman, you will remain a bachelor.

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Turkey is a country in Europe and Asia. Throughout its history, Turkey has been home to a wide variety of people , and the country’s Turkish people (who make up about 90% of the population) have mostly a mixture of Seljuk Turk, Persian, Arab, and Hittite heritages. The country’s main language is Turkish.

About two thirds of Turkish people live in cities or towns, many of whom live in the capital of Istanbul (formerly called Constantinople), which was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. A large percentage of Turkey’s land is nearly barren and not suitable for farming.

Common themes in Turkey include strong community ties, cooperation, music, literature, bazaars, baggy pants, Islam, cotton and tobacco farming, and animal herding.