Arts & Culture Best African Proverbs Published 14 years ago on August 19, 2008 By African Vibes African proverbs – A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not. A clever king is the brother of peace. The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day. The sun never sets without fresh news. When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. Ingratitude is sooner or later fatal to its author. Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. When a handshake passes the elbow, it becomes another thing. – African Proverb The lizard that ruined its mother’s burial, what did it expect others to do? – African Proverb It is hunger that killed the man with many wives. – African Proverb To get lost is to learn the way – African Proverb The fool who owns an ox is seldom recognized as a fool. – African Proverb A termite grows up in dry wood, and yet comes to maturity. Be a mountain or lean on one. – African Proverb One who plants grapes by the roadside, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. – African Proverb A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. Much talking does not make you a leader. – African proverb A small house will hold a hundred friends. Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. – African proverb Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges, and the foolish build dams. Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others. – African proverb Hunger is a good cook – African Proverb A warning to the wise is a blessing, to the fool an insult. – African Proverb It is mysterious if a baboon falls from a tree. Hold a true friend with both hands. Every woman is beautiful until she speaks If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom The man who refuses to obey cannot command The man who refuses to obey cannot command A large chair does not make a king Money is not the medicine against death Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win. Wisdom does not come overnight ”Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it” It takes a whole village to raise a child. Do not rush the night—the sun will always rise for its own sake. It shall dawn again tomorrow. If you hold a snake by the head what is left is only a string. A slave has no choice. “All cassavas have the same skin but not all taste the same.” “He Who eats another man’s food will have his own food eaten by others” “When the music changes so does the dance” “The person who does not seize opportunity today will be unable to seize tomorrow’s opportunity” “Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can” ALSO READ: 10 Most spoken Languages in Africa “A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place” “When The Roots Are Deep There Is No Reason To Fear The Wind” Related Topics:African ProverbsAfrican Wisdom Continue Reading Advertisement Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.