African Proverbs

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By Sharon Atkins

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You get great Chinese proverbs, English Proverbs and proverbs from the Bible but I am just loving the proverbs we find in my own continent of Africa.

A proverb is a saying that gives advice in an obscure way. They are little tidbits of wisdom that you can use to apply to a situation that you might find yourself in.

 Read through some of my favourites and enjoy the richness and wisdom of the African culture.

  • It takes a whole village to raise a child
  • A man without culture is like a zebra without stripes
  • If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich
  • However long the night, the dawn will break
  • Where there is love there is no darkness
  • Do not insult a crocodile while your feet are still in the water
  • Hold a true friend with both hands
  • Children are the reward of life
  • A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break
  • Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable
  • It takes a village to raise a child
  • Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you
  • Many hands make light work
  • If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
  • If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything
  • Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped
  • Wisdom is wealth
  • Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it
  • Learning expands great soul
  • To get lost is to learn the way.
  • By crawling a child learns to stand.
  • The strength of the crocodile is the water
  • The warmth of a rock is known only by the lizard (which lies on it)
  • He who does not look ahead always remains behind
  • You’ll never know the worth of water until the well is dry
  •  If you can’t hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart
  •  The laughter of a child lights up the house
  • A roaring lion kills no game
  • The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks
  • The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now
  • The fool speaks, the wise man listens
  • Wisdom does not come overnight
  • Wisdom is like fire. People take it from each other.
  • Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem
  • Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand
  • A wise person will always find a way
  • Nobody is born wise
  • A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning
  • Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden
  • Learning expands great souls
  • To get lost is to learn the way.
  • By crawling a child learns to stand.
  • The word of friend makes you cry – the word of an enemy makes you laugh.
  • A small house will hold a hundred friends
  • Hold a true friend with both hands
  • Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot
  • When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers
  • A chattering bird builds no nest

And last but not least and also very relevant to us today-

  • If you think that you are too small to make a difference,  try sleeping with a mosquito




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