Madagascan Proverbs


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Those who know how to swim are the ones who sink.

Truth is like sugar cane; even if you chew it for a long time, it is still sweet.

Whichever hand is cut, the whole body feels the pain.

Without the forest, there will be no more water, without water, there will be no more rice.

You can't catch a louse with one finger.

Friendship reminds us of fathers, love of mothers.

They who drink the water from the Manangareza River always come back to Madagascar.

Govern a country as you would roast a crocodile on a spit.

Greet everyone cordially when you don?t know who your in-laws are going to be.

However little food we have, we'll share it even if it's only one locust.

If your love is torn apart, you cannot stitch the pieces together again.

A fortuneteller says, ?If it's not a boy, it will be a girl.?

It is better to refuse than to accept and not to go.

A man who lets his problems get the better of him is like the man who divorces his wife the first time she makes him angry.

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

All who live under the sky are woven together like one big mat.

Like the chameleon, one eye on the future, one eye on the past.

An eel that was not caught is as big as your thigh.

Love is like young rice: transplanted, still it grows.

Cross in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.

Marriage is not a fast knot but a slip knot.

Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.

One does not like hot, the other does not like cold; make it tepid to make an agreement.

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

Other people's children cause your nostrils to flare.

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