African Proverbs - Inspirational Words of Wisdom

African Proverbs

These proverbs orginated from Africa and are full of wisdom. Many of them are short but contain wisdom that can be applied to daily life. They have provide motivation and guidance to many over the years. You may find yourself thinking about the short sentence only to realize the truth that so few words can mean.



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

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

If you run after two hares you will catch neither.
African Proverb

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

Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.
African Proverb

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

It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.
African Proverb

A chattering bird builds no nest.
African Proverb

Do not follow a person who is running away.
African Proverb

When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it.
African Proverb

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

Only a fool tests the depth of the river with both feet.
African Proverb

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.
African Proverb

To try and to
fail is not laziness.
African Proverb

If you offend, ask for a pardon; if offended
forgive.
African Proverb

A
good deed is something one returns.
African Proverb

Ugliness with a good
character is better than beauty.
African Proverb

A
family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has it's place.
African Proverb

He who learns,
teaches.
African Proverb

Patience is the mother of a beautiful child.
African Proverb

Don't set sail using someone else's star.
African Proverb

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
African Proverb

A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn.
African Proverb

It is not
work that kills, but worry.
African Proverb

Seeing is different than being told.
African Proverb

By crawling a child learns to stand.
African Proverb

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

There is no medicine to cure hatred.
African Proverb

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the
problem.
African Proverb

You can tell a ripe corn by its look.
African Proverb

If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for
wisdom.
African Proverb


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