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More African proverbs

/ 10:15 AM August 16, 2014

Africa is in the news again because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. Here are more gems from that continent:

Only a fool tests the water’s depth with both feet. (Ghana)


However long the night may last, there will be a morning.

A man’s actions are more important than his ancestry. (Kenya)


Crawling on hands and knees has never prevented anyone from walking upright. (Kenya)

You can learn a lot about someone by observing him when he is hungry. (Zambia)

The hunter who is tracking an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds. (Uganda)

I pointed out the stars and moon to you, but all you saw was the tip of my finger! (Tanzania)

The roof of a house fights rain, but the person it shelters ignores it. (Senegal)

If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. (Senegal)

You can outrun what is running after you, but not what’s running inside you. (Rwanda)


If you’re building something and a nail breaks, should you stop building altogether, or should you change the nail? (Rwanda)

Work is good, as long as you don’t forget to live. (Rwanda)

A mad dog bites anything, except itself. (Libya)

Don’t look where you fell; look where you slipped. (Liberia)

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