African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
He who has done evil, expects evil. Niger
He who hunts two rats, catches none. Guinea
He who is bitten by a snake fears a lizard. Buganda Uganda
He who is free of faults, will never die. Buganda Uganda
He who is sick will not refuse medicine. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
He who is unable to dance says that the yard is stony. Nigeria
He who learns, teaches. Kenya
He who lives with an ass, makes noises like an ass. Ethiopia
He who loves money must labor. Galla Ethiopia
He who marries a beauty marries trouble. Mauritania
He who receives a gift does not measure. Niger
He who talks incessantly talks nonsense. Kenya
He who wants to barter, usually knows what is best for him. Ivory Coast
He who wears too fine clothes, shall go about in rags. Ethiopia
He who wishes to barter, does not like his own property. Mauritania
Hearts do not meet one another like roads. Niger
Her horns are not too heavy for the cow. Kenya
Home affairs are not talked about on the public square. Ethiopia
Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king. Kenya
I have a cow in the sky, but cannot drink her milk. Ashanti Ghana
If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one. Ethiopia
If a friend hurts you, run to your wife. Kenya
If a man comes, a quarrel comes. Ethiopia
If one is not in a hurry, even an egg will start walking. Galla Ethiopia
If relatives help each other, what evil can hurt them? Ethiopia