West African Proverbs

A talkative bird will not build a nest.

By crawling, a child learns to stand.

Earth is but a marketplace; heaven is home.

Everybody loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son.

The teeth that laugh are also those that bite.

When the music changes, so does the dance.

Silence is also speech.

A lobster loves water, but not when he’s being cooked in it.

A rotten fish pollutes the whole kitchen.

If the dog is not at home, he barks not.

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

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something

It takes a whole village to raise a child

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.

Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king. 

One cannot both feast and become rich

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths

The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people. 

What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another. 

When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised. 

Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.



A child who is to be successful is not reared exclusively on a bed of down.

A knife does not know who is its master.

A woman is like a blanket: If you cover yourself with it, it bothers you; if you throw it aside you will feel the cold.

He who is guilty has much to say.

If there were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.

If things are getting easier, maybe you’re headed downhill.

It is the wife who knows her husband

Marriage is like a groundnut: you have to crack them to see what is inside.

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No one boasts of what belongs to another.



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