African Proverbs


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Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ? Ibo proverb

Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ? yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ? Egyptian Proverb

By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. ? Buganda proverb

Do not treat your loved one like a swinging door: you are fond of it but you push it back and forth. - Madagascar Proverb

Even the colors of a chameleon are for survival not beauty. ? African Proverb

Happy is the man to whom nature has given a sufficiency with even .

He who is carried on another's back does not appreciate how far off the town is.

Hold a true friend with both hands. ? African proverb

If men swear that they want to harm you when you are asleep, you can go to sleep. If women say so, stay awake.

If you do not step on the dog's tail, he will not bite you.

If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.

It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man.

Love doesn?t listen to rumors. - Ghana Proverb

Mother's baby, Father's maybe.

One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food. ? Angolan Proverb

Peace does not make a good ruler. ? Botswana proverb

Show me your friend and I will show you your character. ? African Proverb

The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ? Bayombe Proverb

The friends of our friends are our friends. ? Congolese proverb

The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. ? Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast) proverb

The young can't teach traditions to the old. - Yoruba Proverb

Though the lion and the antelope happen to live in the same forest, the antelope still has time to grow up. - Cape Coast, Ghana Proverb

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it.

A dog knows the places he is thrown food. ? Acholi Proverb

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