اللى يزرع ما يخافش من العصفور
Elli yezra ma yekhafsh men al asfour
Translation: He who farms cannot be scared of the birds.
Meaning: Farming is a serious business, and farmers are tough folks who are not intimidated by pest control. If one’s livelihood depends on tending the land through difficult weather conditions, doing backbreaking labour every day, then thwarting a few birds from the land is not going to be a big deal.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat