Best African Proverbs

    1. Best African Proverbs
    1. A bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground. — Igbo proverb
    2. He that beats the drum for the mad man to dance is no better than the mad manhimself. — African proverb
    3. Where water is the boss there the land must obey. — African proverb
    4. No matter how beautiful and well crafted a coffin might look, it will not make anyone wish for death. — African proverb
    5. When the shepherd comes home in peace, the milk is sweet. — Ethiopian proverb
    6. A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. — African proverb
    7. If you do not have patience you cannot make beer. — Ovambo proverb
    8. He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace. — African proverb
    9. Teeth do not see poverty. — Masai proverb
    10. You have little power over what’s not yours. — Zimbabwean proverb
    11. If you pick up one end of the stick you also pick up the other. — Ethiopian proverb
    12. Better little than too little. — Cameroonian proverb
    13. You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market. — Beninese proverb
    14. When you befriend a chief remember that he sits on a rope. — Ugandan proverb
    15. The night has ears. — Masai proverb
    16. The child you sired hasn’t sired you. — Somali proverb
    17. A doctor who invoked a storm on his people cannot prevent his house from destruction. — Nigerian proverb
    18. An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend. — Senegalese proverb
    19. The young bird does not crow until it hears the old ones. — Tswana proverb
    20. If you carry the egg basket do not dance. — Ambede proverb
    21. The food which is prepared has no master. — Malagasy proverb
    22. The worlds of the elders do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open. — Zambian proverb
    23. Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. — African proverb
    24. The child of a rat is a rat. — Malagasy proverb
    25. Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth. — Yoruba proverb
    26. He who is unable to dance says that the yard is stony. — Masai proverb
    27. You cannot name a child that is not born. — African proverb
    28. Do a good deed and throw it into the sea. — Egyptian proverb
    29. When the roots of a tree begin to decay, it spreads death to the branches. — Nigerian proverb
    30. Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs. — Mozambican proverb
    31. A child is a child of everyone. — Sudanese proverb
    32. Even the lion, the king of the forest, protects himself against flies. — Ghanaian proverb
    33. Birds sing not because they have answers but because they have songs. — African proverb
    34. If your only tool is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail. — Gambian proverb
    35. When you show the moon to a child, it sees only your finger. — Zambian proverb
    36. It is crooked wood that shows the best sculptor. — African proverb
    37. One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn’t feel the cold. — Fipa proverb
    38. Earth is the queen of beds. — Namibian proverb
    39. Be a mountain or lean on one. — Somali proverb
    40. A flea can trouble a lion more than a lion can trouble a flea. — Kenyan proverb
    41. Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. — Ewe proverb
    42. The death of an elderly man is like a burning library. — Ivorian proverb
    43. Anger and madness are brothers. — African proverb
    44. Do not follow a person who is running away. — Kenyan proverb
    45. An orphaned calf licks its own back. — Kenyan proverb
    46. Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands. — Nigerian proverb
    47. He who burns down his house knows why ashes cost a fortune. — African proverb
    48. If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building or do you change the nail? — Rwandan proverb
    49. You cannot build a house for last year’s summer. — Ethiopian proverb
    50. We desire to bequeath two things to our children; the first one is roots, the other one is wings. — Sudanese proverb

 

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