30 South African Proverbs

  • 1. A chattering bird builds no nest.
  • 2. A fool is a wise man’s ladder.
  • 3. A termite grows up in dry wood, and yet comes to maturity.
  • 4. Abundance does not spread; famine does.
  • 5. Almost is not eaten.
  • 6. An Elder does not break wind in public, but in a latrine.
  • 7. As great birds die the eggs rot.
  • 8. Before you milk a cow tie it up.
  • 9. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a man.
  • 10. By pounding the dough the bread will rise.
  • 11. Even the maid has a family.
  • 12. He who has no intelligence is happy with it.
  • 13. He. He. He. You begin with the meal before the water is boiling.
  • 14. Hope does not kill; I shall live in hope of getting what I seek another day.
  • 15. If he keeps on imitating everybody the monkey will one day cut his own throat.
  • 16. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
  • 17. If your buttocks burn, you know you have done wrong.
  • 18. It is hunger that killed the man with many wives.
  • 19. It is the snake that smells the rat.
  • 20. Knowledge is like a lion; it cannot be gently embraced.
  • 21. No hill without gravestones, no valley without shadows.
  • 22. No man can perfectly empty a pot with a ladle.
  • 23. No one drinks medicine on behalf of a sick person.
  • 24. No stake ever grew old with the bark on.
  • 25. Old age does not announce itself.
  • 26. Once you have found your first diamond, you will never give up looking.
  • 27. One who enters a hut does not smell the termites roasting in the boiler.
  • 28. people are people through other people.
  • 29. Plenty sits still, hunger is a wanderer.
  • 30. Roasted locusts eaten at night bring dangerous dreams.
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