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13 African Proverbs that will give you “Sense”

Compiled by Godswill N. Oliver

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quidvis recte factum quamvis humile praeclarum- whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.

 

 

AFRICAN PROVERBS

 

                           MEANINGS
 

Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.

 

You don’t jump straight into a situation without thinking about it first.

 

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

 

If you don’t make efforts to acquire knowledge then you would not expect to have it and if you do not put the knowledge you have to use, you cannot expect to gain anything from it.

 

 

Sugarcane is sweetest at its joint

 

Good and sweet things may appear difficult to achieve but in the end, it is worth it

 

When a man says yes, his Chi says yes

 

A man needs to be determined before his God will support him

 

The Best way to eat an elephant in your path is cut him up into pieces

 

The best approach to solving a problem is to take it bit by bit; one at a time

 

A restless feet may walk into a snake pit

 

If someone is busy doing nothing or is involved in what he does not know about, it is easy for him to get into trouble.

 

A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches

 

You can easily foresee the future of something through the character and tell-tale signs it exhibits today

 

When people gather to urinate in a spot, the urine will spring forth foams

 

There’s strength in unity

 

A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness

 

What goes around, comes around so whatever you sow, you shall reap

 

If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings

 

If you prepare and allow yourself to be well trained when you have the opportunity, you will achieve a lot and be favoured in due course

 

It takes a whole village to raise a child

 

What defines a man is the circumstances and people around him and if they are good, he turns out good

 

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped

 

Don’t look at your mistakes; look at what cause you to make mistakes otherwise you may repeat the mistake

 

Rain does not fall on one roof alone

 

Trouble comes to everyone at one time or another

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