Swahili Proverbs


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Where there's a will there's a way.

You cannot bring back love or life.

You talk about everything you see, then talk about this one too!

Where they is mourning someone has died.

You cannot cross the ocean by swimming.

You will be troubled with what you have no knowledge of.

Where you have an enemy, you will also surely arid a friend.

You cannot know the bugs of a bed that you have not lain on.

You will go, you will return. Do not be too ambitious.

Where you like it, is where you must go.

You cannot know the defects of a house you have not slept in. Cf. It is the wearer who knows where the shoe pinches.

You will not necessarily get what you desire, you will get what is appointed you.

Where it slopes down is where it slopes up.

Who digs the well should not be refused water.

You cannot know the extent of water in a pond that you have never been to.

You will run short of lemon juice (rubbing), but never will copper turn into gold.

Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners.

Who tells the truth is never wrong.

You cannot know what you can do until you have tried.

You! You'll hurt your soul.

Where there are many (present) there is much (said).

Why drive away fowls from the dung you do not eat yourself?

You do not have the strength to defeat an elephant.

Your bad finger could be useful on a bad day.

Where there are many fowls, millet is not scattered.

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