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Much talking does not make you a leader.
African proverb, Uganda

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

A warning to the wise is a blessing, to the fool an insult.
African proverb, Swahili

Coffee and love taste best when hot.
African proverb, Ethiopia

A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.
African proverb, Nigeria

If a man is unhappy, his conduct is the cause.
African proverb, Tshi

One head does not contain all the wisdom.
African proverb, Ghana

A man cannot undo his past. Can zebras wipe away their stripes?
African proverb, Namibia

There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
African proverb

If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.
African proverb

Hold a true friend with both hands.
African proverb, Nigeria

The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide.
African proverb, Ethiopia

The mouth is the shield to protect oneself.
African proverb, Zulu

One cannot part two fighting bulls.
African proverb, Wolof

Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before.
African proverb

It is mysterious if a baboon falls from a tree.
African proverb, Shona

The gratitude that bees receive is the smoke that people use to expel them and get at their
honey.
African proverb, Sawhili

To stay together is to know each other.
African proverb, Kikuyu

Character comes before the teacher.
African proverb, Hausa

Two blind men cannot lead each other.
African proverb, Shona

Hunger is a good cook.
African proverb, Ovambo

Connected with a great man, you will advance.
African proverb, Efik

He who was busy with two things drowned.
African proverb, Bemba

Life's caravan never turns back.
African proverb, Swahili

The beasts plan ahead before entering the fields.
African proverb, Jabo

The bad craftsman quarrels with his tools.
African proverb, Swahili

Of hunger and debt, debt is prefererable.
African proverb, Ashanti

Words are silver, but answers are gold.
African proverb, Swahili

When the great lord passes, the wise peasant bows deeply and silently farts.
African proverb, Ethiopia

By his deeds we know a man.
African proverb, Jabo

When one would climb a tree, one begins from the bottom and not from the top.
African proverb, Ashanti

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
African Proverb

Those who wear pearls do not know how often the shark bites the legs of the diver.
African proverb, Ethiopia

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
African proverb

Sin devours the one who has committed it.
African proverb, Shona

Bad luck rots and in the end one rejoices.
African proverb, Bemba

Gunpowder and fire do not agree.
African proverb, Ga

A market is not held for the sake of one person.
African proverb, Fulani

Stupidity does not tolerate wisdom.
African proverb, Ovambo

He who will not work of his own accord will find himself forced to work by another.
African proverb, Hausa

Too much speed breeds delay.
African proverb, Shona

He who crosses the sea is wet.
African proverb, Wolof

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