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African Proverbs

• To get lost is to learn the way.

• Silence is the best answer to the unwise.

• A lie has many variations, the truth none.

• Don't set sail on someone else's star.

• The heart if the wise man lies quiet like limpid water.

• Wisdom does not come overnight.

• However long the night, the dawn will always break.

• Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.

• Learning expands great souls.

• Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.

• However far a stream flows, it never forgets its origin.

• Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.

• What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn.

• If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

• A beautiful things is never perfect.

• Patience can cook a stone.

• Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself.

• There is no beauty but the beauty of action.

• Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you.

• A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the cow.

• Love never gets lost it's only kept.

• You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.

• War has no eyes.

• Every living thing has a story to tell.

• The owl is the wisest of all bird because the more it sees, the less it talks.

• A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf.

• Life is full of questions. Idiots are full of answers.

African Proverbs

• People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

• A wise man never knows all, only fool's know everything.

• Nobody is born wise.

• "No man can outwit the ancestors."

• If the rhythm of the drumbeats changes, the dance steps must adapt.

• When a man dies, a library burns to the ground with him.

• When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

• The fools speak, the wise man listens.

• Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them.

• If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom.

• Fear no forest because it is dense.

• Coffee and love taste best when hot.

• If you can't resolve your problems in peace, you can't solve war.

• A warrior fights with courage, not with anger.

• One thread for the needle, one love for the heart.

• When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.

• Home is not where we live; home is where we belong.

• Where there is love there is no darkness.

• Our love is like the misty rain that falls softly, but floods the river.

• The rich are always complaining.

• In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.

• Every woman is beautiful until she speaks.

• To try and to fail is not laziness.

• One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.

• Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in your youth.

• When you have bad thoughts about your life then it will come to pass.

African Proverbs

• If the sun claims that it has power over the moon, let it shine in the night.

• What you learn is what you die with.

• Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.

• Make some money but don't let money make you.

• You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.

• You become wise when you begin to run out of money.

• The sun does not forget a village just because it is small.

• One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom.

• He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

• Anger against a brother is felt on the flesh, not in the bone.

• The wise create proverbs for fools to learn not to repeat.

• Do not throw away an empty net, for you do not know what God will do next.

• Love has to be shown by deeds not words.

• There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.

• Walk like you have 3000 ancestors walking behind you.

• Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside.

• A letter from the heart can be read on the face.

• Patience is the key which solves all problems.

• "Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion."

• If you receive a gift don't measure it.

• Money cannot talk, yet it can make lies look true.

• Patience is the mother of a beauty child.

• The best time to plan a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

• Do not break your cooking pot for the passing guest.

• Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.

• For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

• A flea can trouble a lion more than a lion can trouble a flea.

African Proverbs

• "If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation."

• What you give you get, ten times over.

• Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.

• Hold a true friend with both hands.

• There can be no peace without understanding.

• Not to know is bad; to wish to know is worse.

• "A lie has many variations, the truth none."

• He who refuses to obey can not command.

• If the rabbit is your enemy admit that he can sprint fast.

• To be without a friend is to be poor indeed.

• I cannot hear what you say for the thunder of what you are.

• Beauty is not sold and eaten.

• "When a fool is being cursed, he thinks he is being praised."

• He who loves the vase loves also what is inside.

• One must talk little and listen much.

• Never let hyena know how well you can bite.

• Greatness and beauty do not belong to the Gods alone.

• It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.

• Do not shed tear for what does not belong to you.

• Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far.

• Wisdom is like a baobob tree, no one individual can embrace it.

• Mother raise their daughters and let their sons grow up.

• Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

• A bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground.

• If you refuse the advice of an elder, you will walk until sunset. 

• The axe forgets but the tree remember. 

African Proverbs

• If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

• Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.

• He who marries a beauty marries trouble.

• Better little than too little.

• A friend is someone you share the path with.

• If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito.

• Show me your friend and I will show you your character.

• If you are kicked from behind, it means you are in front.

• One cannot count on riches.

• When the sun is shining, bask.

• A beggar won't mind being insulted.

• The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one to admire it.

• A talkative bird will not build a nest.

• The poorest man in this world is not the one without money but the one without people."

• A broken clay pot or plate does not become whole again.

• Despite the beauty of the moon, sun and stars, the sky also has a threatening thunder and striking lightening.

• "A slip of the tongue is worse than a slip of your feet."

• You should not hoard your money and die of hunger.

• "True teaching is not accumulation of knowledge, it is an awakening of consciousnes."

• He who fears the sun will not become chief.

• When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

• If you think education is expensive try ignorance.

• He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is taking a walk.

• Wake up your sleeping soul. Why give yourself to death when you could be immortal.

• You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. 

• If you run after two hares you will catch neither.

African Proverbs

• Only a wise person can resolve a difficult problem.

• You must act as if it is impossible to fail.

• Be a mountain or lean in one.

• Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.

• If you don't like someone story, write your own.

• Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can.

• Do not tell a child not to touch a hot lamp, the lamp will tell him.

• Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty.

• When sleeping woman wakes, mountains move.

• The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who make him beautiful.

• Where water is the boss there the land must obey.

• Once swallowed it is not sweet anymore.

• Those who hide pain will be made known when weeping.

• A woman's polite devotion is her greatest beauty.

• Examine what is said, not who speaks.

• Having a good discussion is like having riches.

• A roaring lion kills no prey.

• An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

• When you pray, move your feet.

• He who destined for power does not have to fight for it.

• "He who hearts not the music thinks the dancer mad."

• A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.

• When a man is stung, he doesn't destroy all beehives.

• Whenever man goes dwell his character goes with him.

• No matter how hot your anger is, it cannot cook yams.

• Dance in the sun, and turn your back to the clouds.

• A speaker of truth has no friends.

• No person born great. Great people become great when others are sleeping.

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