African Proverbs


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A beautiful thing is never perfect. ? Egyptian Proverb

A bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground. ? Igbo proverb

A camel never sees its own hump.

A chattering bird builds no nest.

A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.

A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ? African Proverb

Where the rooster crows there is a village.

Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.

When deeds speak, words are nothing.

To the joyless man death is a blessing.

Treat the days well and they will treat you well.

Do not tell the man carrying you that he stinks.

The poor man and the rich man do not play together.

The eye is a coward.

The pillar of the world is hope.

It takes a village to raise a child.

One cannot both feast and become rich.

A donkey knows no gratitude.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stones.

He who forgives ends the quarrel.

Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

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