Tuesday, 17 April 2018

African Proverbs and more

Baganda

  • One who loves you, warns you.

Ethiopian

  • Evil enters like a splinter and spreads like an oak tree.
  • The mouse is silent while laboring, but when the baby is conceived, she cries.

Ghanaian

  • Be glad you are unknown, for when you are known, you would wish you weren't.
  • The lizard does not eat hot chilies for the frog to sweat.
  • Where error gets to, correction cannot reach.
  • Got a stone but didn't get a nut to crack, got a nut but didn't get a stone to crack it with.
  • You don't need a light to see someone you know intimately at night.
  • The goat thought it was dirtying its owner's wall till it realized its coat was peeling.
  • If a blind man says he will throw a stone at you, he probably has his foot on one.
  • Ashi vie me duna ashie ga o
    • (Literally - The little hand does not beat the big hand)
    • English equivalent: Monkeys play by sizes
  • So many little things makes a man love a woman in a BIG way.
  • Do good because of tomorrow
  • The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies.
  • It is a fool who rejoices when his neighbor is in trouble.
  • Be mindful of your own fingers when you are chewing that of a monkey
  • As you worship plantain, remember to worship banana as well.
  • Count not only my blessings but also count my worries and struggles as well.
  • A straight tree never lasts in the forest
    • ( Literally - A good thing/person is always sought after")
  • Rebuke is greater to the wise than hundred blows on a fool
  • He who climbs a good tree always gets a push.
  • If you notice your neighbour's beard is on fire, then you better get some water by yours.
  • If Nakedness promises to cloth you, please be mindful of his/her name.
  • Someone who has ever been bitten by a snake is always scared of an earthworm.
  • If a tortoise is to receive injection, then it's family members know sometime about it.
  • The crab does not bite but it is its greeting that hurts.
  • Too much friends made crab lose its head.
  • A vulture lives long due to its stupidity.
  • A child who knows how to wash his hands, dines with elders.
  • A blind man does not pass by an angry gathering.
  • When you look at the bank of river, you wouldn't drink from it.

Nigerian

  • If a toad jumps around in the daytime, it is either chasing something or something is chasing it.
  • A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill does not know that it is still on the ground.
  • Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.
  • The Earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are.
  • When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
  • The child that will not allow his parents to sleep through the night must be prepared to stay awake himself.
  • A person once bitten by a snake will be scared by an old rope.
  • When the bush is on fire, the antelope ceases to fear the hunter's bullet.
  • He who dines with the dogs will eat feces.
  • A snake will always give birth to something long.
  • It's the house of the coward that men stand and point at the spot where the brave man's compound used to be.
  • None but the brave deserves the fair.
  • In the city of the blind, the man with one eye will be king.
  • When an old man sees a snake and refuses to run, he is prepared to die!
  • What an old man will see while seating, a small child cannot see even standing on top of a mountain!
  • When a masquerade dances well in a parade, the owner will be happy.
  • The one-eyed man does not thank God until he sees a blind man.
  • When it is to do something that is very difficult, don't say you can do it.
  • He who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative.
  • The Mouse that makes jest of a cat has already seen a hole nearby.
  • If you don't pay attention to the pot, the contents will spill and quench the fire.
  • From frying pan to fire.

South African

  • Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.
  • I relied on the report of "ntulo" (the blue-headed lizard).
  • It is the chef who knows the contents of the pot the best
  • The grass that lays should not be raised, Only fire can revive it (Ignorance is NOT bliss)
  • The Eye dares to cross the river while it rages. (Cant blame me for looking)
  • When you shoot a zebra in the black stripe, the white dies too; shoot it in the white and the black dies too.
  • When you have a lot to do, start with a meal.
  • Before you milk a cow tie it up.
  • A fool is a wise man's ladder.
  • Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a man!
  • Almost is not eaten.
  • Abundance does not spread; famine does.
  • As great birds die the eggs rot.
  • He who has no intelligence is happy with it.
  • Hope does not kill; I shall live in hope of getting what I seek another day.
  • If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
  • No hill without gravestones, no valley without shadows.
  • Old age does not announce itself.
  • The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.

Zimbabwean

  • If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing.
  • The son of a King, is a stranger elsewhere.
  • Pumpkins grow where there are no cooking pots.
  • A ripened fruit does not cling to the vine.
  • An elephant's tusks are never too heavy for it.
  • Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough.
  • God is good, but never dance with a lion.
  • Annoy your doctor and sickness comes in laughing.
  • In the world of books, the mind-set of the reader is of great importance.
  • The monkey does not see his own hind backside; he sees his neighbor's.
  • Two experts never agree.
  • Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

Zulu

  • In the home of the coward, there is no funeral dirge.
  • A fine staff is hewn from flora in foreign lands.
  • A pelt is rolled up while it is still moist.
  • The foot has no place of repose.
  • What has horns must not be hid in a sack.
  • Harsh world, this world.
  • There is no fool who is disowned by his family.

Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots. (Ashanti)
The moon moves slowly, but it crosses the town.
The poor man and the rich man do not play together.
The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.
There is no medicine to cure hatred.
Two small antelopes can beat a big one.
What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another.
When a king has good counsellors, his reign is peaceful.
When a man is coming toward you, you need not say: "Come here."
When a man is wealthy, he may wear an old cloth.
When a woman is hungry, she says, "Roast something for the children that they might eat."
When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk.
When the fool is told a proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him.
When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised.
When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.
Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.

However long the night, the dawn will break.
A dog knows the places he is thrown food.
Blind belief is dangerous. - Luyia , Western Kenya
Bad dancing does not brake an engagement. - Luyia , Western Kenya
A messenger cannot be beaten . - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Dog that steals sells its body. - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Champion bull starts from birth. - Luyia.Western Kenya
The pillar of the world is hope. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
A tree not taller than an ant cannot shade you. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
He who marries a real beauty is seeking trouble. - Accra proverb, Ghana
The young can't teach traditions to the old. - Yoruba proverb
There is no medicine against old age. - Accra proverb, Ghana
That man's a fool whose sheep flees twice. - Oji proverb
When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet. - Oji proverb
Hold a true friend with both hands. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
The pillar of the world is hope. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
One does not love if one does not accept from others. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
Rising early makes the road short. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
It is better to walk than curse the road. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
If there is cause to someone, the cause to love has just begun. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
The teeth of a man serve as a fence. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
We add wisdom to knowledge. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
A hyena cannot smell its own stench. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Do not follow a person who is running a way. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should put out fire while it is still small. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Water can not be forced uphill. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
The eye is a coward. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should talk while we are still alive. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Even a friend can not rescue one from old age. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
You can not take away someone's luck. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
There is no bad patience. - (Knappert, p. 46, Swahili).
A low-class man will just talk; deeds are the hallmark of a gentleman. - (Knappert, p. 84, Swahili)
God is our neighbour when our brother is absent. - (Knappert, p. 33, Swahili)
A donkey knows no gratitude. - (Knappert, p. 138, Swahili)
The climber of ladders will descend [the ambitious person will be brought back down]. - (Knappert, p. 93, Swahili)
The good looks of a moron do not stay that way for long. - Ethiopia (Ayele, p. 23, Amharic)
The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide. - Ethiopia
The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit. - Ethiopia
Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing. - Ethiopia
It is foolhardy to climb two trees at once just because one has two feet. - Ethiopia
Though the lion and the antelope happen to live in the same forest, the antelope still has time to grow up. - Cape Coast, Ghana
When you are at home, your troubles can never defeat you. - Cape Coast, Ghana
A stranger does not skin a sheep that is paid as a fine at a chief's court. - Cape Coast, Ghana
The orphan does not rejoice after a heavy breakfast. - Cape Coast, Ghana
The chicken is never declared in the court of hawks. - Cape Coast, Ghana
He flees from the roaring lion to the crouching lion. Sechuana
People know each other better on a journey. Plaatje
Let rats shoot arrows at each other. Sudan
Do not tell the man carrying you that he stinks. Sierra Leone
You suffer from smoke produced by the firewood you fetched yourself. Luhya, Kenya
A man who dictates separates himself from others. Somalia
Be on the alert, like the red ant that moves with its claws wide open. Uganda
Instruction in youth is like engraving in stones. Berber, North Africa
To be happy in one's home is better than to be a chief. Yoruba, Nigeria
The elephant never gets tired of carrying its tusks. Vai, Liberia
By coming and going, a bird weaves its nest. Ashanti, Ghana
You are sitting in peace (unharmed): as the nose of a cow that feeds among thorntrees and shows no scars. Luganda, Uganda
The rainmaker who doesn't know what he's doing will be found out by the lack of clouds. Luganda, Uganda
One who is crazy for meat hunts buffalo. Luganda, Uganda
One person is thin porridge or gruel; two or three people are a handful of stiff cooked corn meal. - Kuria, Kenya/Tanzania and Ngoreme, Tanzania
That which is good is never finished. - Sukuma, Tanzania
One who sees something good must narrate it. - Ganda, Uganda
To be praised is to be lost. - Kikuyu, Kenya
The one chased away with a club comes back, but the one chased away with kihooto [reason] does not. - Kikuyu, Kenya
He who refuses to obey cannot command. - Kikuyu, Kenya
He who refuses to obey cannot command. - Kikuyu, Kenya
If one is roasting two potatoes, one of them is bound to get charred. - Kikuyu, Kenya.
Goodness gets a seat. - Igala, Nigeria. (Pachocinski, p. 224; explanation: good people will be shown favors and will live longer).
The frog does not run in the daytime for nothing. - Igbo, Nigeria
Do they prepare leather [for a battle shield] the day they fight? - Zar, Nigeria
When cutting, look at the age of the machete. - Fulfulde, Nigeria
He who loves money must labor. (Mauritania)
Poverty is slavery (Somalia)
One cannot both feast and become rich. (Ashanti tribe)
There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast. Ethiopia
Knowledge is better than riches. Cameroon
Money is sharper than the sword. Ashanti tribe
One cannot count on riches. Somalia
The poor man and the rich man do not play together. Ashanti tribe
A man's wealth may be superior to him. Cameroon
With wealth one wins a woman. Uganda
The rich are always complaining. Zululand
Where the rooster crows there is a village. -Schambala proverb
Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat,it is just that no one ever gives them meat. Akan proverb, West Africa
A real family eats the same cornmeal. -Bayombe proverb
If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. Pigmy proverb
He who loves money must labor. Mauritania
One cannot both feast and become rich. Ashanti tribe
Knowledge is better than riches Cameroon
Money is sharper than the sword. Ashanti tribe
One cannot count on riches. Somalia
The poor man and the rich man do not play together. Ashanti tribe
Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
A dog knows the places he is thrown food.
Blind belief is dangerous. - Luyia , Western Kenya
Bad dancing does not brake an engagement. - Luyia , Western Kenya
A messenger cannot be beaten . - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Dog that steals sells its body. - Luyia proverbs , Western Kenya
A Champion bull starts from birth. - Luyia.Western Kenya
The pillar of the world is hope. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
A tree not taller than an ant cannot shade you. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
He who marries a real beauty is seeking trouble. - Accra proverb, Ghana
The young can't teach traditions to the old. - Yoruba proverb
There is no medicine against old age. - Accra proverb, Ghana
That man's a fool whose sheep flees twice. - Oji proverb
When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet. - Oji proverb
Hold a true friend with both hands. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
The pillar of the world is hope. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
One does not love if one does not accept from others. - Kanuri proverb, Nigeria
Rising early makes the road short. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
It is better to walk than curse the road. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
If there is cause to someone, the cause to love has just begun. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
The teeth of a man serve as a fence. - Wolof proverb, Senegal
We add wisdom to knowledge. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
A hyena cannot smell its own stench. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Do not follow a person who is running a way. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should put out fire while it is still small. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Water can not be forced uphill. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
The eye is a coward. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
We should talk while we are still alive. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
Even a friend can not rescue one from old age. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
You can not take away someone's luck. - Kalenjin (Kenya)
There is no bad patience. - (Knappert, p. 46, Swahili).
A low-class man will just talk; deeds are the hallmark of a gentleman. - (Knappert, p. 84, Swahili)
God is our neighbour when our brother is absent. - (Knappert, p. 33, Swahili)
A donkey knows no gratitude. - (Knappert, p. 138, Swahili)
The climber of ladders will descend [the ambitious person will be brought back down].
The good looks of a moron do not stay that way for long. - Ethiopia (Ayele, p. 23, Amharic)
The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide. - Ethiopia
The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit. - Ethiopia
Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing. - Ethiopia
It is foolhardy to climb two trees at once just because one has two feet. - Ethiopia
Though the lion and the antelope happen to live in the same forest, the antelope still has time to grow up. - Cape Coast, Ghana
When you are at home, your troubles can never defeat you. - Cape Coast, Ghana
A stranger does not skin a sheep that is paid as a fine at a chief's court. - Cape Coast, Ghana
The orphan does not rejoice after a heavy breakfast. - Cape Coast, Ghana
The chicken is never declared in the court of hawks. - Cape Coast, Ghana
He flees from the roaring lion to the crouching lion. Sechuana
A crime eats its own child. Sechuana
A sorcerer has no distinctive colour. Sechuana
He has not married a woman; for she is [the equal of] a man. Sechuana
People know each other better on a journey. Plaatje
Let rats shoot arrows at each other. Sudan
Do not tell the man carrying you that he stinks. Sierra Leone
You suffer from smoke produced by the firewood you fetched yourself. Luhya, Kenya
A man who dictates separates himself from others. Somalia
Be on the alert, like the red ant that moves with its claws wide open. Uganda
Instruction in youth is like engraving in stones. Berber, North Africa
To be happy in one's home is better than to be a chief. Yoruba, Nigeria
The elephant never gets tired of carrying its tusks. Vai, Liberia
By coming and going, a bird weaves its nest. Ashanti, Ghana
You are sitting in peace (unharmed): as the nose of a cow that feeds among thorntrees and shows no scars. Luganda, Uganda
The rainmaker who doesn't know what he's doing will be found out by the lack of clouds. Luganda, Uganda
One who is crazy for meat hunts buffalo. Luganda, Uganda
One person is thin porridge or gruel; two or three people are a handful of stiff cooked corn meal. - Kuria, Kenya/Tanzania and Ngoreme, Tanzania
God's rain falls even on the . - Fipa, Tanzania
That which is good is never finished. - Sukuma, Tanzania
One who sees something good must narrate it. - Ganda, Uganda
To be praised is to be lost. - Kikuyu, Kenya
The one chased away with a club comes back, but the one chased away with kihooto [reason] does not. - Kikuyu, Kenya
He who refuses to obey cannot command. - Kikuyu, Kenya
He who refuses to obey cannot command. - Kikuyu, Kenya
If one is roasting two potatoes, one of them is bound to get charred. - Kikuyu, Kenya.
Goodness gets a seat. - Igala, Nigeria. (Pachocinski, p. 224; explanation: good people will be shown favors and will live longer).
The frog does not run in the daytime for nothing. - Igbo, Nigeria
Do they prepare leather [for a battle shield] the day they fight? - Zar, Nigeria
The crows, the idle person grumbles. - Yoruba, Nigeria
When cutting, look at the age of the machete. - Fulfulde, Nigeria
He who loves money must labor. (Mauritania)
Poverty is slavery (Somalia)
One cannot both feast and become rich. (Ashanti tribe)
There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast. Ethiopia
Knowledge is better than riches. Cameroon
Money is sharper than the sword. Ashanti tribe
One cannot count on riches. Somalia
The poor man and the rich man do not play together. Ashanti tribe
A man's wealth may be superior to him. Cameroon
With wealth one wins a woman. Uganda
The rich are always complaining. Zululand
Where the rooster crows there is a village. -Schambala proverb
Before the chicken carefully observe the character of your guest. Mandingo proverb
The ivator is alone, but those who eat are many. -Schambala proverb
Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat,it is just that no one ever gives them meat. Akan proverb, West Africa
A real family eats the same cornmeal. -Bayombe proverb
If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. Pigmy proverb
He who loves money must labor. Mauritania
One cannot both feast and become rich. Ashanti tribe
Knowledge is better than riches Cameroon
Money is sharper than the sword. Ashanti tribe
One cannot count on riches. Somalia
The poor man and the rich man do not play together. Ashanti tribe
Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.

Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.

General & Unknown
  • The path is made by walking.
  • The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.
  • An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.
  • Haraka haraka haina baraka
    • Swahili for: "hurry, hurry has no blessing"
  • Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
  • He who forgives ends the argument.
  • Don't set sail on someone else's star.
  • A bad name is like a stigma.
  • A big blanket encourages sleeping in the morning. (Luxury encourages Idleness. If you have worked hard and made wise choices, you will find contentment.)
  • A bird that is eating guinea-corn keeps quiet. (Someone going about his regular business will not create a disturbance. Dedicate yourself to a task.)
  • A bird will always use another birds' feathers to feather its own nest.
  • A blade won't cut another blade; a cheat won't cheat another cheat.
  • A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat!
  • A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
  • A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
  • A close friend can become a close enemy.
  • A cow gave birth to a fire: she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child.
  • A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies.
  • A cutting word is worse than a bowstring; a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not.
  • A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
  • A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.
  • A fool will pair an ox with an elephant.
  • A good deed is something one returns.
  • A hippopotamus can be made invisible in dark water. (Ignorance can lead to potential danger. It is important to be informed and alert.)
  • A home without a woman is like a barn without cattle.
  • A little leaven smoothes away the whole lump.
  • A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing.
  • A little subtleness is better than a lot of force.
  • A loose tooth will not rest until it's pulled out.
  • A man who continually laments is not heeded.
  • A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.
  • A man with too much ambition cannot sleep in peace.
  • A man's grave is by the roadside.
  • A man's wealth may be superior to him.
  • A partner in the business will not put an obstacle to it.
  • A person is a person because of other persons.
  • A pretty basket does not prevent worries.
  • A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.
  • A proverb is the horse of conversation: when the conversation lags, a proverb revives it.
  • A single bracelet does not jingle.
  • A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn.
  • A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread.
  • A too modest man goes hungry.
  • A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile difficulties.
  • Absence makes the heart forget.
  • Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him.
  • After a foolish deed comes remorse.
  • Allah does not destroy the men whom one hates.
  • An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.
  • Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it.
  • Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects.
  • As the dog said, 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is playing.'
  • As the wound inflames the finger, so thought inflames the mind.
  • Because a man has injured your goat, do not go out and kill his bull.
  • Because friendship is pleasant, we partake of our friend's entertainment; not because we have not enough to eat in our own house.
  • Before eating, open thy mouth.
  • Before one cooks, one must have the meat.
  • Being well dressed does not prevent one from being poor.
  • By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.
  • By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree.
  • Cactus is bitter only to him who tastes of it.
  • Children are the reward of life.
  • Clothes put on while running come off while running.
  • Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole.
  • Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.
  • Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family.
  • Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.
  • Do not dispose of the monkey's tail before he is dead.
  • Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
  • Do not measure the timbers for your house in the forest.
  • Do not say the first thing that comes to your mind
  • Do not say the world owes you anything. After all, it was here first.
  • Don't insult the crocodile until you cross the water. (Be careful about criticizing others.)
  • Don't kick a sleeping dog.
  • Don't take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth.
  • Even over cold pudding, the coward says ~'It will burn my mouth."
  • Even though the old man is strong and hearty, he will not live forever.
  • Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.
  • Every morning in Africa a gazelle awakens knowing it must today run faster than the fastest lion or it will be eaten. Every morning a lion awakens knowing it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It matters not whether you are a gazelle or a lion, when the sun rises you had better be running.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt; distance breeds respect.
  • Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together.
  • Good millet is known at the harvest.
  • Great events may stem from words of no importance.
  • He is a fool whose sheep runs away twice.
  • He that digs up a grave for his enemy, may be digging it for himself.
  • He who asks questions, cannot avoid the answers
  • He who begins a conversation, does not foresee the end.
  • He who cannot dance will say: "The drum is bad."
  • He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured.
  • He who digs too deep for a fish, may come out with a snake.
  • He who does not cultivate his field, will die of hunger.
  • He who does not know one thing knows another.
  • He who hunts two rats, catches none.
  • He who is bitten by a snake fears a lizard.
  • He who is unable to dance says that the yard is stony.
  • He who learns, teaches.
  • He who loves money must labor.
  • He who receives a gift does not measure.
  • He who talks incessantly talks nonsense.
  • He who wants to barter, usually knows what is best for him.
  • He who wears too fine clothes, shall go about in rags.
  • He, who is free of faults, will never die.
  • Hearts do not meet one another like roads.
  • His opinions are like water in the bottom of a canoe, going from side to side.
  • Home affairs are not talked about on the public square.
  • Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.
  • If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.
  • If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one.
  • If nothing touches the palm-leaves they do not rustle. (Compare English "Where there's smoke there's fire.")
  • If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them?
  • If the heart is sad, tears will flow.
  • If the palm of the hand itches it signifies the coming of great luck.
  • If you are in hiding, don't light a fire.
  • If you burn a house, can you conceal the smoke?
  • If you do not step on the dog's tail, he will not bite you.
  • If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something.
  • If you find no fish, you have to eat bread.
  • If you offend, ask for pardon; if offended, forgive.
  • If you tell people to live together, you tell them to quarrel.
  • If you try to cleanse others - like soap, you will waste away in the process!
  • If you watch your pot, your food will not burn.
  • If your house is burning, there is not time to go hunting. (Priorities are important in planning activities.)
  • Indecision is like the stepchild: if he doesn't wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting the water.
  • It is Mr. Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs. Old-Woman-Monkey.
  • It is best to bind up the finger before it is cut.
  • It is no shame at all to work for money.
  • It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man.
  • It is the duty of children to wait on elders, and not the elders on children.
  • It is the fool's sheep that break loose twice.
  • It takes a village to raise a child. (West Africa)
  • It takes a whole village to raise a child
  • It takes two to make a quarrel.
  • It's a bad child who does not take advice.
  • Knowledge is better than riches.
  • Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
  • He who pupus' with another mans anus does not know its painful even if he pupus' maizecobs.
  • Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
  • A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
  • A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
  • An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.
  • A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.
  • A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.
  • As the dog said, 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is playing.'
  • A wise man who knows proverbs, reconciles difficulties. (Yoruba)
  • Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
  • If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.
  • If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something.
  • It takes a whole village to raise a child
  • Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked his mother's breast.
  • People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way.
  • The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.
  • The mouth which eats does not talk.
  • The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.
  • Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.
  • When a man says yes, his chi (personal god) says yes also.
  • When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.
  • You can tell a ripe corn by its look.
  • You must judge a man by the work of his hands.
By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.
Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.
Even though the old man is strong and hearty, he will not live forever.
Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together.
Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king.
If you are in hiding, don't light a fire.
It is Mr. Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs. Old-Woman-Monkey.
It is no shame at all to work for money.
It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man.
It is the fool's sheep that break loose twice.
It's a bad child who does not take advice.
Money is sharper than a sword.
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
One cannot both feast and become rich.
One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
Only when you have crossed the river, can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout.

                 Others
. A bird will always use other birds' feathers to feather its own nest.
2. A person is a person because of other persons.
3. A man's grave is by the roadside.
4. He that digs up a grave for his enemy may be digging it for himself.
5. A bad name is like a stigma.
6. Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots (Ashanti)
7. 3. Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight (Ashanti)
8. 4. You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla (Congo)
9. 5. He who is bitten by a snake fears a lizard (Uganda)
10. 6. Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it (Akan and Ewe)
11. 7. He who asks questions, cannot avoid the answers (Cameroon
12. 8. Because a man has injured your goat, do not go out and kill his bull (Kenya)

“A barber does not shave himself.”
“A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.”
“A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.”
“A comb becomes bad when it hurts you.”
“A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not.”
“A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.”
“A fool may chance to put something into a wise man's head.”
“A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.”
“A stranger has big eyes but sees nothing.”
“A stream cannot rise about its source.”

“A weapon which you don't have in your hand won't kill a snake.”
“Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them.”
“Before shooting, one must aim.”
“Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole.”
“Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.”
“Don't set sail on someone else's star.”
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
“He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.”
“He who is born a fool is never cured.”
“He who learns, teaches.”
“He who talks incessantly, talks nonsense.”
“If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.”
“If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.”
“If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something.”
“If you don't work you shan't eat.”

“If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.”
“If you run after two hares you will catch neither.”
“If you're going home, you don't get wet.”
“If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.”
“If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.”
“It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.”
“It is not with saying, "Honey," "Honey," that sweetness will come into the mouth.”
“It is not work that kills, but worry.”
“It's a bad child who does not take advice.”
“One must talk little and listen much.”
“Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.”
“Quarrels end, but words once spoken never die.”
“Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.”
“Seeing is better than hearing.”
“Seeing is different than being told.”
“Send a boy where he wants to go and you see his best pace.”
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
“The day the monkey is destined to die, all the trees get slippery.”
“The egg shows the hen where to hatch.”
“The end of an ox is beef, and the end of a lie is grief.”
“The fool speaks, the wise man listens.”
“The fool sucks wisdom, as he porter sups, And cobblers grow fine speakers in their cups.”
“The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.”
“To try and to fail is not laziness.”
“Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.”

“We start as fools and become wise through experience.”
“When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised.”
“When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.”
“When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it.”
“When elephant steps on a trap, no more trap.”
“When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.”
“When the big tree falls, the goat eats its leaves.”
“When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.”

“When you know who his friend is, you know who he is.”
“When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.”
“Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers.”
“Whoever tells the truth is chased out of nine villages.”
“Whom a serpent has bitten a lizard alarms.”
“Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.”
“You can tell ripe corn by its look.”
“You must judge a man by the work of his hands.”

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