African Proverbs

“There are many colorful flowers on the path of life, but the prettiest have the sharpest thorns.”
African Proverb


“By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree.”
Buganda Proverb


“Show me your friend and I will show you your character.”
African Proverb


“He who marries a beauty marries trouble.”
Nigerian Proverb


“When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield.”
Ugandan Proverb


 


“Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.”
African Proverb


“Despite the beauty of the moon, sun and the stars, the sky also has a threatening thunder and striking lightening.”
African Proverb


“Wisdom is wealth.”
Swahili Proverb


“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.”
Swahili Proverb


“Getting only a beautiful woman is like planting a vine on the roadside everyone feeds on it.”
African Proverb


 


“You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.”
African Proverb


“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
African proverb


“Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone.”
Nigerian Proverb


“Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough.”
African Proverb


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


 


“You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down.”
Bateke Proverb


“A small house will hold a hundred friends.”
African Proverb


“An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.”
Ghanaian Proverb


“She is like a road – pretty, but crooked.”
Cameroonian Proverb


” The fool speaks, the wise man listens.”
Ethiopian Proverb


 


“Why they like an ugly person takes long for a beautiful person to know.”
African Proverb


“He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it.”
Ugandan Proverb


“If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss Next Year” even more so.”
Nigerian Proverb


“He who loves the vase loves also what is inside.”
African Proverb


“A close friend can become a close enemy.”
African Proverb


 


“The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one to admire it.”
African Proverb


“The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat.”
African Proverb


“Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself.”
Tanzanian Proverb


“It’s much easier to fall in love than to stay in love.”
African Proverb


“To get lost is to learn the way.”
African Proverb


 


“Coffee and love taste best when hot.”
Ethiopian Proverb


“Without a leader, black ants are confused.”
Ugandan Proverb


“Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.”
Gabon Proverb


“Where there is love there is no darkness.”
Burundian Proverb


” Make some money but don’t let money make you.”
Tanzania Proverb


 


“What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn.”
African Proverb


“Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you.”
African Proverb


“It is no shame at all to work for money.”
African Proverb


“To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.”
Wolof Proverb


“He who refuses to obey cannot command.”
Kenyan Proverb



“A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries.”
African Proverb


“Wisdom does not come overnight.”
Somali Proverb


“If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is.”
Egyptian proverb


“He who loves money must labor.”
Mauritania Proverb


“Love never gets lost it’s only kept.”
African Proverb


 


“He who fears the sun will not become chief.”
Ugandan Proverb


“By labor comes wealth.”
Yoruba Proverb


“By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.”
Ashanti Proverb


“Love has to be shown by deeds not words.”
Swahili Proverb


“Poverty is slavery.”
Somalia Proverb


“Love is a despot who spares no one.”
Namibian Proverb


“A large chair does not make a king.”
Sudanese Proverb


“Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside.”
Ghanaian Proverb


“One cannot both feast and become rich.”
Ashanti Proverb


“The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water.”
Cameroon Proverb






“Patience is the key which solves all problems.”
Sudanese Proverb


“One cannot count on riches.”
Somalian Proverb


“Hurry, hurry has no blessings.”
Swahili Proverb


“Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom.”
Ethiopian Proverb


“Patience is the mother of a beautiful child.”
Bantu Proverb


“Money is sharper than the sword.”
Ashanti Proverb


“To run is not necessarily to arrive.”
Swahili Proverb


“One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom.”
African Proverb


“Patience can cook a stone.”
African Proverb


“A man’s wealth may be superior to him.”
Cameroonian Proverb


“A patient man will eat ripe fruit.”
African Proverb


“Where a woman rules, streams run uphill.”
Ethiopian Proverb


“At the bottom of patience one finds heaven.”
African Proverb


“The rich are always complaining.”
Zulu Proverb


“The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth.”
Yoruba Proverb


“A patient person never misses a thing.”
Swahili Proverb


“A leader who does not take advice is not a leader.”
Kenyan Proverb


“Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living.”
Ibo Proverb


“Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far.”
Swahili Proverb


“The poor man and the rich man do not play together.”
Ashanti Proverb






“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
African Proverb


“You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.”
Congolese Proverb


“Patience puts a crown on the head.”
Ugandan Proverb


“Lack of money is lack of friends; if you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you.”
Yoruba Proverb


“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
African Proverb


“If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a bodyguard.”
Sierra Leone Proverb


“The forest not only hides man’s enemies but its full of man’s medicine, healing power and food.”
African Proverb


“With wealth one wins a woman.”
Ugandan Proverb


“Learning expands great souls.”
Namibian Proverb


“The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied.”
African Proverb


“Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat.”
Akan Proverb


“The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly.”
Kikuyu Proverb


“A real family eats the same cornmeal.”
Bayombe Proverb


“Wine, women and food give gladness to the heart.”
Egyptian Proverb


“Unity is strength, division is weakness.”
Swahili Proverb


“If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn.”
Congo Proverb


“The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry.”
Bayombe Proverb


“What you learn is what you die with.”
African Proverb


“He who eats another mans food will have his own food eaten by others.”
Swahili Proverb


“Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true.”
African Proverb






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


“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”
Bondei Proverb


“One cannot count on riches.”
Somalian Proverb


“The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food.”
Ghanaian Proverb


“If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.”
African Proverb


“Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth.”
Malagasy Proverb


“Money is not the medicine against death.”
Ghana Proverb


“It takes a village to raise a child.”
African Proverb


“He who receives a gift does not measure.”
African Proverb


“You should know what’s being cooked in the kitchen otherwise you might eat a forbidden food.”
African Proverb


“Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.”
Moroccan Proverb


“When the leg does not walk, the stomach does not eat.”
Mongo Proverb


“A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer.”
Ghanaian Proverb


“Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you.”
African Proverb


“Much wealth brings many enemies.”
Swahili Proverb


“One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food.”
Angolan Proverb


“There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast.”
Ethiopian Proverb


“Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off.”
African Proverb


“What you give you get, ten times over.”
Yoruba Proverb


“One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others.”
African Proverb


“Greed loses what it has gained.”
African Proverb


“Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food.”
Ibo Proverb


“Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem.”
Akan proverb


“The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine.”
Yoruba Proverb


“You become wise when you begin to run out of money.”
Ghana Proverb


“He who doesn’t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour.”
African Proverb


“The hyena with a cub does not consume all the available food.”
Akamba Proverb


“When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.”
Ashanti Proverb


“You should not hoard your money and die of hunger.”
Ghanan Proverb


“Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is.”
Haussa Proverb


“Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.”
Tanzanian proverb


“No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person’s teeth.”
Igbo Proverb


“Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use.”
Nigerian Proverb


“Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day.”
Malagasy Proverb