Category Archives: Proverbs

Wise Saying – To Overlook Wrongs Is To Sustain A Relationship

If you cut and add to the fleshy part, also cut and add to the bony part. – Igbo proverb
Let the hawk perch and let the eagle perch, whoever says no to the other, let it’s wings break. – Igbo proverb.
With arms and knees on the ground, the calf sucks it’s dam. – Igbo Proverb.
One’s beauty starts from home to the outside environment. – Igbo Proverb.
I will not because my father reincarnated, overfeed him. – Igbo Proverb.

African Proverbs – Wisdom

To eat from the same pot with another man is to take an oath of perpetual friendship.


The tree that cannot shed its old leaves in the dry season, cannot survive the period of drought.


You can only stop a bird from making a nest on your head but you can’t stop it from flying over your head.


Help me discipline my child is not a heartfelt remark from the mother.


What one leans on for support that does not support one cannot kill one when it falls.


The dance of the millipede does not impress him who has seen the dance of the snake.


If your son laughs when you scold him, you ought to cry, for you have lost him, but if he cries, you may laugh, for you have a worthy heir.


Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves, for he will still go on loving but will hate you.


Invite some people into your living room and they will go into your bedroom


To love someone who doesn’t love you is like shaking a tree to make a dewdrop.




Quotes inspire me a lot, and so does proverbs so I read quotes and proverbs daily, not just my African proverbs but those from other continents.

I love proverbs with deeper meanings and love sharing them with others.

African proverbs have a lot of wisdom in them and one understands it with much deeper thought.

If you have related proberbs (from your tribe, country or continent), kindly share in the comment section. πŸ’•

Wise Saying; Fools Rush In Where The Angels Fear to Tread

That which the cow sees and runs to safety is the same thing thing the fowl stops to peck at – Igbo proverb

We shouldn’t try to challenge that which is bigger or more powerful than us. However, I see fearlessness of the fowl in play here πŸ˜ƒ.

The cow sees and runs away means the cow is afraid. Of course he has seen how enormous the challenge is and this instills fear and the fear pushes to action – run!

But the fearless fowl stands to peck at the same, at least to fight even though she knows her head would go with such fight. Now that’s….foolish.

Wisdom says that dying in the hands of what one can escape from is foolishness.

Fearlessness or cauragiousness is good but wisdom is needed to know when to run and when to face the challenge.

Whatever will eat up your head is not worth fighting against. Run to safety!

Stay Safe!

Money Hides In Tiger’s Ear – Indian Proverb

Money doesn’t fall from the sky, neither do we pluck it from the trees like leaves or fruits. It’s not that easy. If you have been through money-making struggles, you sure understand.

Imagine yourself faxed with overpowering a tiger to get money from its ear! It’s no exaggeration that money is that dangerous to make. Money making is a risky business. Sometimes it looks simple when we forget what we or others have been through.

Despite the difficulty in money-making, we make it anyways. We go out there, come rain come sunshine to do what we need to do.

We go ahead in its pursuit because money-makingis a do or die affair. And you know, when it comes to do or die, people pull off their hairs and chew, take the bull by the horns and make it happen.

It’s true some people are born with silver spoons. These people seem to have it all at their beck and call and at the snap of a finger or clap of hands. But someone somewhere suffers for the money to come. And the people with the silver spoons have to be cautious with their expenses lest that someone goes bankrupt.

Have you noticed some people are careful with their money? People are careful with their money especially those who have suffered for years to make it. They went through scurging hardship without any help, when they finally hits it, kai, its very hard to get it out and share with others.

When I hear people call others stingy, I tell them don’t, you don’t know what he passed through and are still passing through. You need to walk in their shows before the condemning.

It’s true there are naturally stingy people out there but then, no one should take offence because their hard earned money is not anyone’s right but a privilege.

When people ask for money, they should always have a place in their hearts to show sympathy to the giver and understand what a sacrifice giving is considering how hard it could be to part with cash or things money can buy.

Growing up, we didn’t know how hard it was to make money. We didn’t have even a hint of what it took our parents to provide us with our basic needs and send us to school. We didn’t know what they went through each day when they came back tired and worn out. There was even a time I was annoyed with my dad for not paying my tuition on time.

But now I understand when we’re going out of cash and our kids begin to make lists of what we should get for their them, shoes to change, a kind of school bags they’ve spotted or a pizza or sharwama joint to visit.

It’s hard you know.

There is no easy way to making money. There is no quick way of hitting it big. All it takes is hard work – working smart with patience.

Money comes at last. It does.

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Wise Saying|” Do Not Sell The Sun To Buy A Candle”- Jewish Proverb

“If we do not pay attention to the smoke oozing out from the rooftop, very soon it become an inferno that will burn down the house to ashes.” African Proverb

“Do not sell the sun to buy a candle,”- Jewish Proverb. 
This Jewish proverb is powerful and the message is clear to the wise. It means; Do not, consciously, give up something precious in order to bask a minute’s delight. In other words, do not give up something valuable in order to acquire something that has no lasting value.  A typical example of selling the sun to buy a candle can be seen in  the Holy Bible, where Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a porridge.

“A man grows most tired while standing” Chinese Proverb

“When a child enjoys the privilege of a separated fight, he gets the wrong impression that every fight is enjoyable.”
African Proverb

“Throw the bone to the dog, do not stress yourself over the fight between the dog and the spirits.”
African Proverbs

“Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile.”
Swedish Proverb.

This is very interesting and important. I often meet with sellers who do not know how to relate with their customers. They have great items in their shops but have no marketing attitude. By the way I have been walked out of a shop because I asked for discount.
Asking for discounts can be annoying to some sellers especially when they’ve done their best to give a discounted prize- good price. But then, as the proverb says, the right attitude is important. As they say, the customer is always right, you only treat them fine and you’ll have them coming back.

Some customers are too wordy, they could trash your good with their tongue. Don’t be provoked by their words, remain calm and convince them to buy your good. All you’re interested in is the money and to have them come back next time, not their bad words or bad attitude.
Give them your best smile 😁