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The house of the loud talker leaks.
African proverb, Zulu

A cowardly hyena lives longer.
African proverb, Tongan

A mother is not to be compared with another person - she is incomparable.
African proverb, Mongoan

The antelope detests the one who announces its whereabouts more than the one who sees
it.
African proverb, Kikuyu

A man dies but his tongue does not rot.
African proverb, Twi

One who says "It was too much for me" does not try.
African proverb, Gandan

The little ant at its hole is full of courage.
African proverb, Bemba

A borrowed thing will not fulfill your desire.
African proverb, Fulani

If you don't want to resign yourself to poverty, resign yourself to work.
African proverb, Hausa

We should talk while we are still alive.
African proverb, Kenya

Cutting the ears of a mule will not make him a horse.
African proverb

The bird that pecks at a rock trusts in the strength of its beak.
African proverb, Uganda

When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
African proverb

It is better to walk than curse the road.
African proverb, Senegal

When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
African proverb

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.
African proverb, Nigeria

Do not whirl a snake in the air when you have killed it; the ones which remain in their holes
see you.
African proverb, Thongan

A thief and darkness are friends.
African proverb, Shona

Avoid those who always praise you.
African proverb, Swahili

Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
African proverb, Hausa

No one is a blacksmith at birth.
African proverb, Ovambo

A patient person has all the wealth that there is in this world.
African proverb, Jabo

When you are rich, relation exists; if you are poor, relations desist.
African proverb, Annang

He who is in the shade does not know that another is in the sun.
African proverb, Hausa

A word of peace redeems a crime.
African proverb, Ovambo

When your gold dust is becoming finished, then you become prudent.
African proverb, Ashanti

Fear in the forest is shame in the home.
African proverb, Hausa

There's no God like the throat, it accepts offerings every day.
African proverb, Yoruba

When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion.
African proverb, Ethiopia

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
African proverb, Rwanda

Inquiry saves a man from mistakes.
African proverb, Yoruba

Trying again and again is better than stopping half-way.
African proverb, Ovambo

A good word removes anger.
African proverb, Ga

Sharpening a knife does not frighten a horse.
African proverb, Hausa

Envy is prosperity's manure.
African proverb, Fulani

Rest comes only after hardship.
African proverb, Swahili

He who farms is spared the trouble of buying corn.
African proverb, Hausa

The butterfly that flies among the thorns will tear its wings.
African proverb, Jabo

Death has no modesty.
African proverb, Zulu

By the time the fool has learned to play the game, the players have dispersed.
African proverb, Ashanti

The friend of a quarrel picker is quarrelsome.
African proverb, Ovambo

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