Ethiopian Proverbs


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A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children.

Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying a grain in a bag with a hole in it.

Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.

If one is not in a hurry, even an egg will start walking.

Little by little an egg will walk.

One who tries to hide with a dog, a child, a goat, or a person with a cold, will not remain hidden.

The calves do not fear the horns of their mother.

The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.

What has been blown away, cannot be found again.

When they fooled the chicken they threw her into a carrying basket

A fool is thirsty in the midst of water.

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

Cow dung can't be gathered where no cow has been.

Give advice; if people don't listen, let adversity teach them.

If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them?

Living is worthless for one without a home.

Only the man who is not hungry says the coconut has a hard shell.

The cattle is as good as the pasture in which it grazes.

The point of the needle must pass first.

What has blown away, cannot be found again.

When they wish to eat a vulture, they call it a guinea fowl.

A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.

A too modest man goes hungry.

Dine with a stranger, but save your love for your family.

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