African Proverbs

Proverb Ethnicity Country Discuss
One must talk little, and listen much. Galla Ethiopia
One scoops with a scoop. Mauritania
One who recovers from sickness, forgets about God. Ethiopia
One who runs alone cannot be outrun. Ethiopia
Only when you have crossed the river, can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout Ethiopia
Proverbs are the horse of conversation: when the conversation lags, a proverb revives it Ashanti Ghana
Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots. Niger
Rain does not fall on one roof alone. Ashanti Ghana
Restless feet may walk into a snake pit. Cameroon
Save your fowl before it stops flapping. Ethiopia
Saying that it's for her child, she gets herself a loaf of bread. Ivory Coast
Seeing is better than hearing. Ethiopia
Seeing is different from being told. Nigeria
She is like a road pretty, but crooked. Kenya
She who does not yet know how to walk, cannot climb a ladder. Cameroon
Sickness accompanies a waning moon; a new moon cures disease. Ethiopia
Singing halleluia everywhere does not prove piety. Lesotho
Sitting is being crippled. Ethiopia
Sleep is the cousin of death. Ethiopia
Snake at your feet - a stick at your hand! Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Some birds avoid the water, ducks seek it. Ethiopia
Soon found soon lost. Nigeria
Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. Kenya
Talking with one another is loving one another. Congo D.R. (Zaire)
Termites live underground. Kenya