دخول الحمام مش زي خروجه
Dokhoul el hammam mesh zayy khorougu
Translation: Entering the bath is not the same as leaving it
Meaning: It is easy to slip into a bath, be it a regular bathtub or a Turkish bath, but it is difficult to get out once you have adjusted to the temperature and the comfort. This proverb is about the ease in which people enter complicated situations, such as business endeavors or relationships, only to realise that leaving isn't as easy as they might have thought.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat