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One does not love if one does not accept from others.
African proverb, Nigeria

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African proverb

As soon as the monkey has climbed a tree, it will start abusing from its elevated position.
African proverb, Namibia

There are three things that if a man does not know, he cannot live long in this world: what is
too much for him, what is too little for him and what is just right for him.
African proverb, East Africa

If you have decided to eat a dog, eat a fat one.
African proverb, Uganda

Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.
African proverb, Swahili

If you see wrongdoing or evil and say nothing against it, you become its victim.
African proverb

Being happy in life is better than being a king.
African proverb, Hausa

Water does not boil if taken away from fire.
African proverb, Swahili

Parents give birth to the body of their children, but not always to their characters.
African proverb, Gandan

A leopard is chasing us and do you ask me: "Is it a male or female?"
African proverb, Temne

No matter how thoroughly a crow may wash, it remains ever black.
African proverb, Shona

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
African proverb, Kanuri

War among grasshoppers delights the crow.
African proverb, Swahili

Money knows no day on which it is not welcome.
African proverb, Shona

Patience is wealth to its possessor.
African proverb, Hausa

A gossiping woman is the root of trouble.
African proverb, Jabo

He who marries a beauty marries trouble.
African proverb, Yoruba

A person is not his words.
African proverb, Kpelle

Haste is not strength.
African proverb, Hausa

No fence is built for the eyes.
African proverb, Ovambo

Two bulls cannot live in one stable.
African proverb, Swahili

He who continually uses an axe, must keep it sharp.
African proverb, Hausa

The fire which is screened by elders is not dangerous.
African proverb, Bemba

When a man is disliked he is blamed for all kinds of things.
African proverb, Ashanti

God speaks a foreign tongue.
African proverb, Ovambo

Silence itself is eloquent.
African proverb, Fulani

Female quarrels breed court cases.
African proverb, Shona

When a man has no one to play with he plays with his enemy.
African proverb, Annang

Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse.
African proverb, Wolof

Let everyone sweep his own floor.
African proverb, Ovambo

A good child is a crown of honor for his parents.
African proverb, Swahili

He whom a serpent has bitten dreads a slow-worm.
African proverb, Oji

If you sow the wind, you will harvest a hurricane.
African proverb, Swahili

Yesterday and the day before yesterday are not like today.
African proverb, Swahili

The strength of a fish is in the water.
African proverb, Shona

No one sends a child on an errand and looks to see if he is pleased or not.
African proverb, Ashanti

The antelope does not bear a child that cannot run.
African proverb, Hausa

If you are rich, always shut your door.
African proverb, Oji

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