Creole Proverbs


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The higher the monkey climbs, the more it is exposed to danger.

There is no prayer without its amen.

When the big fish fight the shrimps must lie low.

You can hate the dog, but do not tell him that his teeth are dirty.

Your joy may be short-lived if you are too careless.

The hog knows well what sort of tree to rub himself against.

There's always leftovers at the tailor's house.

When the bowels growl a fine coat won't make them hold their peace.

You can make a mule cross the river but you can?t make him drink the water.

You're dressed up but did you take a bath?

The hole of lie, is not too deep.

There's no craft that will not feed the craftsman.

When the cat is not there, the rat take over the house.

You can tell a lot of lies.

The monkey knows which branch to swing on.

This was used to describe very active children that could not stay in one position for a very long time. It accused them of having bed bugs biting them so they could not keep still.

When the crocodile says that the river crossing is deep you must believe it.

You don't know a what you have until it?s gone.

The mosquito loses his time when he tries to sting the alligator.

To avoid is better than to ask for forgiveness.

When the master sings the negro dances; but when the overseer only whistles, the negro jumps. - A relic of the old slave-day Creole folklore.

You hang around bad company, you'll get into trouble.

The mouth of a woman takes no holiday.

To give little is not being cheap.

When the sky falls all the flies will be caught.

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