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African Proverb – Common Sense

A man who lives on the bank of the river does not wash his hands with spittle.

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It is only the lazy man who says, “it is only because I have no time that my farm is overgrown with weeds”.

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We do not use our bare feet to search for hidden thorns which we have seen in the day time.

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It is not enough to run, one must arrive and know when one has arrived.

Meaning: Don’t assume anything, be very sure of it.

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The fish that can see that it’s water is getting shallow cannot be stranded.

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Without knowing a way thoroughly in the day time, never attempt to pass it at night.

Meaning: Be sure of anything you want to do

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He who pursues an innocent chicken always stumbles.

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The elephant and tiger do not hunt on the same pasture.

Meaning: Two opposing people can’t be friends.

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It is the brutally outspoken person that earns enmity.

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It is only the tortoise that carries its shell around, which it calls its house.

Meaning: It is only what you say about yourself that others will take you to be.

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African Proverbs On Common-Sense

Proverbs are the daughters of experience.


These proverbs reminds us that there are situations we don’t need to be told how to handle because our good sense can be applied to the situations.

African proverbs have a lot of wisdom in them and one gets to the meaning with much deeper thought.

If you have related proverbs, do share with us.

Expect more proverbs on Fiez – Saturdays(hopefully)πŸ’•

Florence Ezekafor View All

I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
A huge part of my life is spent with my lovely family and I'm a proud mother to three brilliant kids.

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  1. African proverbs instill discipline and commonsense wisdom such that can make one tear up for acting or being stupid! You tend to wake up after!! 😊

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