the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on

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The saying is found in many languages from the Middle East to India. In Turkish and Azerbaijani, it rhymes (Turkish it ürür, kervan yürür, and Azerbaijani it hürər, karvan keçər), suggesting that of Turkic languages may be the origin. Some scholars claim that the proverb is originally Arabic. The saying is also found in Portuguese (Portuguese os cães ladram, mas a caravana passa), which could be explained by arab presence in the country between 8th and 13th centuries.


the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on

  1. History (or progress) moves ahead, no matter the criticism it may attract.


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  • Gregory Y. Titelman: Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, page 57, →ISBN