African Proverbs


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Knowledge is better than riches. ? Cameroon

Man counts what he has refused, not what he has given.

No partridge scratches the ground in search of food for another. ? Xhosa Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.

Rich people sometimes eat bad food. ? Kikuyu Proverb

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ? Bondei proverb

The end of an ox is beef, and the end of a lie is grief.

The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.

The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.

There is no medicine to cure hatred.

To run is not necessarily to arrive. ? Swahili proverb

What one won?t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food. ? Bantu & Lamba Proverb

When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.

A child is a child of everyone. ? Sudanese proverb

A friend is someone you share the path with. ? African proverb

A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ? Congolese Proverb

A wise man who knows proverbs, reconciles difficulties. (Yoruba)

As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those that rear it. ? Amharic Proverb

Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough. ? African proverb

Do me a favor during the rainy season, and I shall do the same for you during the dry season.

Don't take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth.

Getting only a beautiful woman is like planting a vine on the roadside everyone feeds on it. ? African Proverb

He who doesn?t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour. ? African Proverb

He who receives a gift does not measure. ? Africa

If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.

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