African Proverbs


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Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands. - Nigeria Proverb

Greed loses what it has gained. ? Africa Proverb

He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ? Malawian proverb

If I could see your face, I would not need food. ? Amharic Proverb

If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. ? African proverb

If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ? Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb

It is not work that kills, but worry.

Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river. Liberia Proverb

Money is not the medicine against death. ? Ghana

One person is a thin porridge; two or three people are a lump of ugali. ? Kuria Proverb

Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ? Bantu Proverb

She is beautiful; she has love, understands; she respects herself and others; everyone likes, loves and honors her; she is a goddess. ? African Proverb

The best sauce is cooked in an old pan.

The forest not only hides man?s enemies but its full of man?s medicine, healing power and food. ? African Proverb

The mouth which eats does not talk.

The worlds of the elders do not lock all the doors; they leave the right dooropen. ? Zambian proverb

Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.

Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ? Nigerian Proverb

When a man is coming toward you, you need not say: Come here.

A doctor who invoked a storm on his people cannot prevent his house from destruction. ? Nigerian proverb

A large chair does not make a king. ? Sudanese proverb

A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ? African proverb

All truth is good, but not all truth is good to say.

Be on the alert, like the red ant that moves with its claws wide open. Uganda Proverb

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