If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the egg!

This page is about the saying "If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the egg!".

Possible interpretation: Life just isn't fair, and this realistic Arab proverb recognizes that. The stone will always break the egg. Life's like that!

Note: alas = bad luck; pity; tough; regrettable

Quick Quiz:

"If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the egg!" The idea here is that

a. there are some things we just can't win

b. we should avoid falling onto hard surfaces

c. stone is harder than an egg

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Contributor: Josef Essberger