African Proverbs


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Whom a serpent has bitten a lizard alarms.

You become wise when you begin to run out of money. ? Ghana

When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

Why they like an ugly person takes long for a beautiful person to know. ? African Proverb

You can tell a ripe corn by its look.

When you show the moon to a child, it sees only your finger. ? Zambian proverb

Wine, women and food give gladness to the heart. ? Ancient Egyptian Proverb

You cannot build a house for last year?s summer. ? Ethiopian proverb

When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ? Zambian Proverb

Wisdom does not come overnight. ? Somali proverb

You cannot name a child that is not born. ? African proverb

When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet. - Oji Proverb

Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ? Akan proverb

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ? Zimbabwean Proverb

When the fool is told a Proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him.

Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. ? Ethiopian proverb

Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others. ? Hema (DRC) proverb

You cannot work for food when there is no food for work. ? African Proverb

When the leg does not walk, the stomach does not eat. ? Mongo (Congolese) Proverb

Where I make a living, there is my home.

Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ? Akan proverb

You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. ? Congolese proverb

When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.

Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners. ? Swahili Proverb

Wisdom is wealth. ? Swahili

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