Nigerian Proverbs


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The spider that knows what it will gain sits waiting patiently in its web. The praying mantis is never tired waiting all day.

The world is like a goat?s udder. It does not give any milk, unless you punch and squeeze at it.

Two men quarreling do not share the same seat on a canoe.

We live by hope, but a reed never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming.

When a drunken man meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and being truly mad.

When a very short man causes the market to break up in a big fight, bystanders ask him to stand up so that they can see how short he really is.

When the elders leave the town, the town is spoilt and when the youths die, the town is desolated.

When the next house is on fire, 'tis high time to look to your own.

The rain does not recognize anyone as a friend; it drenches all equally.

The spirit that keeps one going when one has no choice of what else to do must not be mistaken for valor.

There is no elephant that complains about the weight of its trunk. No elephant is burdened by the weight of its tusks.

Two raindrops do not make a pool.

Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use.

When a face is sullen it remains there to be seen on its owner.

When a woman cannot have good palm-nuts to give her rich oil, she still has to maintain decency in order to remain one of those that sell good quality oil.

When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.

When the right hand washes the left hand and the left hand washes the right hand, both hands become clean.

Our examples are like seeds on a windy day, they spread far and wide.

Sickness is like rain. Does the rain fall on one roof alone? No. Does it fall on one body and not on another? No. Whoever the rain sees, on him it rains. Does it not?

The animal that is careful lives long in the forest.

The cricket is never blinded by the sand of its burrowing.

The dying man is not saved by medicine.

The fowl perspires, but the feathers do not allow us to see the perspiration.

The king?s ambassador is without sin.

The mangrove dwells in the river, but does that make it a crocodile?

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