Funny African Proverbs

If you run after two hares you will catch neither.

A chattering bird builds no nest.

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

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

No person is born great – great people become great when others are sleeping.

A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has it’s place.

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

He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

Crying a lot does not give you peace of mind.

He is a fool whose sheep runs away twice.

Wealth is like hair in the nose: it hurts to be separated whether from a little or from a lot.

A boat cannot go forward if each rows his own way.

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

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

Knowledge is like a garden: If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

No water without waves.

Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough.

All monkeys cannot hang on the same branch.

When God cooks, you don’t see smoke .

A tree does not move unless there is wind.

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something.

Even the mightest eagle comes down to the tree tops to rest.

Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

Do not follow a person who is running away.

It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.

It is not work that kills, but worry.


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