African Proverbs


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If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. ? South African Proverb

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry

It is crooked wood that shows the best sculptor. ? African proverb

Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ? Haussa Proverb

Nobody is born wise. ? African proverb

Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem. ? Akan proverb

Rising early makes the road short. - Wolof Proverb, Senegal Proverb

Tears are best dried with your own hand.

The food eaten first lasts longest in the stomach. ? Kikuyu Proverb

The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.

The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. ? Ghanaian Proverb

There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast. Ethiopia Proverb

To try and to fail is not laziness.

What you give you get, ten times over. ? Yoruba

When making a fire people like to join you, when cleaning the ashes you are often alone.

A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.

A good deed is something one returns.

A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ? Congolese Proverb

A wise person will always find a way. ? Tanzanian proverb

As the dog said, 'If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is playing.'

Birds sing not because they have answers but because they have songs. ? African proverb

Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.

Dress up a stick and it?ll be a beautiful bride. ? Egyptian Proverb

God conceals himself from the mind of man, but reveals himself to his heart.

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