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68 African Proverbs

A barber does not shave himself.

A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.

A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.

A comb becomes bad when it hurts you.

A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not.

A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.

A fool may chance to put something into a wise man's head.

A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.

A stranger has big eyes but sees nothing.

A stream cannot rise about its source.

A weapon which you don't have in your hand won't kill a snake.

Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them.

Before shooting, one must aim.

Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole.

Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.

Don't set sail on someone else's star.

For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.

He who is born a fool is never cured.

He who learns, teaches.

He who talks incessantly, talks nonsense.

If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.

If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for something.

If you don't work you shan't eat.