Malagasy Proverbs & Sayings (129 Proverbs)


  • Even the dead in their family vaults enjoy being in large company.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • She is as undecided as an orphan: if she does not wash her hands, she will be told that she is a dirty child; if she washes her hands she will be told that she is wasting water.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Behave like the chameleon: look forward and observe behind.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Be like the mouth and the hand: when the hand is hurt the mouth blows on it, when the mouth is hurt the hand rubs it.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • As long as the mouse keeps still you can be sure that the cat stays on guard.
    (Malagasy Proverb)


  • Disgraced like a man whose own pet bites him.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Ants can attack with a grain of rice.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Crows bewail the dead sheep, and then eat them.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Advice is a stranger; if he's welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day.
    (Malagasy Proverb)

  • Crows are never the whiter for washing themselves.
    (Malagasy Proverb)


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