Swahili Proverbs


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The wind removes much but brings very little. It doesn't take you to your destination.

Throw saddening stuff to God, not to your fellow human being.

Today is today who says tomorrow is a liar.

Voluntary is better than force.

What is not sharp pointed does not penetrate.

When a poor man gets something he boasts of his new wealth.

When you go among one-eyed people, put out your own eye.

There (she is), stupid goat, look at how she swings her body!

Timidity often ends in a laugh, bravado in a lament.

Too many captains (and) the ship rolls.

Wait a minute! wait a minute! harms the stomach.

What pleases the heart is medicine.

When an oxhorn of a news man is sounded, something is wrong.

When you mention a snake, have a stick ready in your hand.

There are three things which if one does not know, one cannot live long in the world: what is too much for one, what is too little for one, and what is just right for one.

To a physician a sick man is a garden.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

War has no eyes.

What the heart desires is like medicine to it.

When brothers quarrel, take a hoe and go and dig; and when they make it up, take a basket and patter the crop.

When you play with a lion, do not put your hand in its mouth (that would be going too far!).

There has never been mutual love without mutual respect.

To a seamen of Kwale, death by water is common experience.

Too many jokes burst out the pus.

Water does not boil if taken away from fire.

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