Sunday, June 23, 2013

"If the needle doesn’t pass, the thread doesn’t follow," and other African Proverbs

This is my collection of translated African proverbs. Let me know which ones speak to you...

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.

Strong souls have willpower, weak ones only desire.

There is no better mirror than a best friend.

Not even the five fingers on your hand are alike.

I am because we are.

Those who seek revenge must remember to dig two graves.

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will spare yourself 100 days of tears.

A camel does not tease another camel about his hump.

A knife does not recognize its owner.

The corpse of a bird does not decompose in flight, but on the ground.

Do not insult a crocodile while your feet are still in the water.

Sweet and sour walk hand in hand.

If the needle doesn’t pass, the thread doesn’t follow.

He who owns too much remains unhappy.

You do not beat a drum with one finger.

Do not insult the hunting guide before the sun has set.

When the bag tears, the shoulders get a rest.

War is not porridge.

Better a curtain hanging motionless than a flag blowing in the wind.

If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family and then a nation.

By persevering, the egg walks on legs.

The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook.

Let the guest come so that the hostess may get well.

Where there is peace, a sickle can be used to shave your beard or cut your hair.

The tears of the orphan run inside.

Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst.

When elephants fight the grass gets hurt.

Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.

Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again.

Hot water does not burn down the house.

A debt is not a loss once one knows the debtor.

I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger.


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