African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
The cattle is as good as the pasture in which it grazes. Ethiopia
The cricket cries, the year changes. Ethiopia
The dog I bought, bit me; the fire I kindled, burned me. Cameroon
The dog's bark is not might, but fright. Ethiopia
The dying man is not saved by medicine. Madagascar
The egg becomes a cock. Nigeria
The end of an ox is beef, and the end of a lie is grief. Nigeria
The flesh of a young animal tastes flat. Madagascar
The flood takes him in, and the ebb takes him out. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
The fool is thirsty in the midst of water. Cameroon
The fool speaks, the wise man listens. Galla Ethiopia
The friends of our friends are our friends. Ethiopia
The frog wanted to be as big as the elephant, and burst. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Ethiopia
The humble pay for the mistakes of their betters. Buganda Uganda
The man on his feet carries off the share of the man sitting down. Baguirmi
The moon moves slowly, but it crosses the town. Guinea
The poor man and the rich man do not play together. Ashanti Ghana
The rat cannot call the cat to account. Ashanti Ghana
The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people. Nigeria
The son shoots a leopard; the father is proud. Ashanti Ghana
The teeth are smiling, but is the heart? Congo D.R. (Zaire)
The toad likes water, but not when it's boiling. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
The witness of a rat is another rat. Guinea
Their mosquito won't bite me. Ethiopia