Uzbek Proverbs

Have breakfast yourself; share lunch with your friend; and give dinner to your enemy.

Don’t choose a house—choose neighbors. Don’t choose a path—choose traveling companions.

Where there is water, there is life.

A word said is a shot fired.

He who possesses knowledge possesses the world.

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Uzbekistan has a population of about 25 million people, about 70% of which are of the Uzbek ethnicity. The main language is Uzbek, and secondary languages are Russian and Tajik.

The Uzbeks ethnicity derives from a mixture of Turkic and Mongol people. Most of them came into the current area of Uzbekistan around the 1500s, and by the late 1800s, the region became controlled by Russia. Uzbekistan became an independent country in 1991.

Themes of Uzbekistan include a strong economy, cotton, sheep machinery, Islam, literature (particularly poetry), music, and architecture.