Nigerian Proverbs


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The tortoise is not tall but it is taller than the snail; the snail is taller than the frog; the frog is taller than the lizard; the lizard is taller than the fly; the fly is taller than the ant; the ant in turn is taller than the ground on which it walks.

Time destroys all things.

Venom of viper does nothing to the back of a tortoise.

What the child says, he has heard at home.

When a person is not as she used to be, she does not behave as she used to behave.

When one buys clothe for the lazy man, one should also dye it.

When the leopard has a broken paw, the antelope comes to collect an old debt.

When you are sick you promise a goat, but when you are well again make do with a chicken.

The sheep that moves with a dog would eat shit.

The tree that cannot shed its old leaves in the dry season, cannot survive the period of drought.

To do one's duty is to eat the prized fruit of honor.

Voluntary work is better than slavery.

What you do in black hair you will eat in white hair.

When a person regrets endlessly, he gets to pay more for what he regrets.

When one is in trouble, one remembers God.

When the man that prayed not to be shamed is shamed, he prays not to die.

When you cook a guinea fowl, the partridge gets a headache.

The shepherd of a herd of toads must be very patient with his rod

The truth passes through fire and does not burn.

To eat from the same pot with another man, is to take an oath of perpetual friendship with him.

Warm water never forgets that it was once cold.

What you leave is what you meet: he who defecated on the road on his way to farm would meet flies when returning.

When a poor man gets a little money, his thoughts go off in ten different directions.

When one is taking a chicken from its roost, the hen is bound to attack with at least its claws.

When the mice laugh at the cat, there is a hole nearby.

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