Inzan

Amazigh Quotes and Proverbs
The most beautiful words of Berber wisdom to live better life


In Berbers, the proverb or “Inzan” requires special interest. It is described as a living word or “Awar Iddaren” in reference to the implicit meaning that differentiates it from ordinary speech. It is enough in a circle of friends to quote a Berber proverb to arouse more listening and interest. It is clear that we no longer apply this philosophy of life that was so dear before, we have therefore selected the best proverbs to follow to live a free and better life:


Notes for reading:

  • x = kh  
  • ǧ = dg as in idǧuz 
  • ḏ = dh as in aḏrar/iḏwa 
  • ɣ = gh as in tamaziɣt
  • ṯ = th as in ṯiṭawin  
  • č = ch 

Isriwriw i wḍahčar Ičatah i wḍaɣar |he Sings to the deaf and dancing to the blind

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Sra ɣari, mači xafi | Listen to me not about me

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Amja ḏ weni, bedranas fuss waha | The sickle is the same, only the hand is changed

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Wani i trajan war i triz |whoever waits, will not be hungry

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amjjar war izri ṯifaɣi ness | the sickle does not see that it is twisted.

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