African Proverbs (1906 Proverbs)


  • Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with gravel in his mouth.
    (African Proverb)

  • Even the colours of a chameleon are for survival not beauty.
    (African Proverb)

  • Don't tell your important secret to your friend because your friend has his other friends as well.
    (African Proverb)

  • Do not grab your heel until the ant has bitten you.
    (African Proverb)

  • Between imitation and envy, imitation is better.
    (African Proverb)


  • As long as I make you to be inferior, I render myself inferior.
    (African Proverb)

  • All things happen when their times come.
    (African Proverb)

  • A tree cannot stand on the ground without its roots.
    (African Proverb)

  • A satisfied man doesn't understand the feeling of a hungry man.
    (African Proverb)

  • A palm wine taper does not stop tapping palm wine because he once fell from the top of a palm wine tree.
    (African Proverb)

  • A man isn't dead until is buried.
    (African Proverb)

  • A king who doesn't tolerate comments about his mouth shouldn't eat in public.
    (African Proverb)

  • A girl's patience can only be recognised by how long she keeps her virginity.
    (African Proverb)

  • A dog cannot eat a bone tied to a snake.
    (African Proverb)

  • The fish starts to rot from the head.
    (African Proverb)

  • The cock belongs to one household, but when it crows it is heard in the whole village.
    (African Proverb)

  • The antics of a market buffoon provide laughter, but nobody prays that his child becomes the market buffoon.
    (African Proverb)

  • Sometimes the face can tell what the lips can't say.
    (African Proverb)

  • Proverbs are the daughters of experience.
    (African Proverb)

  • One lie spoils a thousand truths.
    (African Proverb)

  • No matter how tough the current of a river may be it is the calabash that triumphal over the river.
    (African Proverb)

  • No matter how far you are from your house, you will keep going until you get home.
    (African Proverb)

  • Milestone cornmeal unites families.
    (African Proverb)

  • Lack of knowledge is darker than night.
    (African Proverb)

  • It's better to eat a mushroom in freedom than to eat meat in slavery.
    (African Proverb)

  • It is not the lamb that should go and ask the lion if it has had dinner.
    (African Proverb)

  • In a family if you have somebody who is troublesome it's the family members who are worried than the troublesome member.
    (African Proverb)

  • If you want to drink clear water from a well be there first.
    (African Proverb)

  • If you lie the ancestors will punish you.
    (African Proverb)

  • If you debark a tree don't expect it to live again; you can only plant another of its kind.
    (African Proverb)


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