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  1. Go To: Afrikan Proverbs Go To: Caribbean Folktales Categrories Antiguan/ Barbudan Proverbs Bahamian Proverbs Barbadian Proverbs Proverbs of Guyana Haitian Proverbs Jamaican Proverbs Proverbs of the Virgin Islands Proverbs of Antigua & Barbuda “Moon run faas but day ketch im.” Antigua & Barbuda Proverb “Dutty water cool hot iron.” ANTIGUA & BARBUDA PROVERB “A no wantin tongue mek cattle can't talk.” ANTIGUA & BARBUDA PROVERB “A word betta dan a wink fo a bline horse.” ANTIGUA & BARBUDA PROVERB “Poun o fretment nu pay fo gill o debtment.” ANTIGUA & BARBUDA PROVERB Proverbs of The Bahamas “Wha sweeten yu mouth goin bitter yu tail.” Bahamian Proverb “Hand go, hand come.” BAHAMIAN PROVERB “Fisherman never smell he own basket.” BAHAMIAN PROVERB “Hog know where to rub he skin.” BAHAMIAN PROVERB “Fattening frog for snake.” BAHAMIAN PROVERB Barbadian Proverbs “Mek sure betta dan cock sure.” Barbadian Proverb “Yu can' plant yam and reap eddoe.” Barbadian Proverb “If blackbird fly wid pigeon he will get shoot.” Barbadian Proverb “Hungry mek cat eat salt.” Barbadian Proverb “De las' calf kill di cow.” Barbadian Proverb “Two poor cow does make good dung.” Barbadian Proverb “One blow does kill ole cow.” Barbadian Proverb “Rat mout does sell he head.” Barbadian Proverb “Donkey got long ear but he don' like to hear he own story.” Barbadian Proverb “De higher de monkey climb de more he show he tail.” Barbadian Proverb “Yuh caan stan in de road an sih de leak in somebody else house.” Barbadian Proverb “De dog dat bring a bone will caah one.” Barbadian Proverb “Crave all, get none at all.” Barbadian Proverb “Crow does fly high, but when e come down, de ants does still eat out e eye.” Barbadian Proverb “Better fish in di sea dan wha get ketch.” Barbadian Proverb “A eyeful en a bellyful.” Barbadian Proverb “White mout fowl does eat and den wipe he mout in grass.” Barbadian Proverb “When yuh en got horse, ride cow.” Barbadian Proverb Proverbs of Guyana “Every rope gat two ends.” GuyanaN Proverb “Cat a ketch rat, but he a teef he massa fish.” GUYANAN PROVERB “Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf.” GUYANAN PROVERB “All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.” GUYANAN PROVERB Proverbs of Haiti “Byen prè pa lakay.” Haitian Proverb “Lafimen pa janm leve san dife.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Zafè kabrit pa zafè mouton.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Nan tan grangou patat pa gen po.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Makak pa janm kwe petit-li led.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Sel pa vante tèt li di li sale.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Sa k rive koukouloulou a, ka rive kakalanga tou.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Kay koule twompe soley soley men li pa twompe lapil.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Men anpil chay pa lou.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Rayi chyen di dan’l blan.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Bel anteman pa di paradi.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Apre dans tanbou lou.” HAITIAN PROVERB “Chak jou pa dimanch.” HAITIAN PROVERB Jamaican Proverbs “Hungry mek monkey blow fire.” “A nu same day leaf drop it rotten.” “Fowl gwine fat im begin fram him toe.” “When bull foot bruk, im nyam wid monkey.” “Play fool fi ketch wise.” “Tank yu' nu buy half bit bread.” “When cloud shado come, sun nu set.” “Anyting stay too long serve two masta.” “If yu fraid a yeye yu cyaa nyam head.” “Di man mek outa honey, fly wi nyam him.” “Nu jus one way fi heng dog.” “Bit bit mek poun.” “Bud fly too faas, pass him nes.” “Yu neva si pop gun kill alligator.” “Quattie bread full monkey belly.” “Cyaa bury a man an lef out him foot.” “If you bawn fi heng, yu cyaa drown.” “If yu cyaa walk faas, tek time run.” “If yu cyaa walk faas, tek time run.” “Di olda di moon di brighta it shine.” “Di hotta di battle, di sweeta di victory.” “Every day devil help teef. One day god wi help watchman.” “Peel neck fowl bawl fi life, im nu bawl fi fedda.” “Tek kin teet kibba heart bun.” “Nu cuss alligator long mout til yu cross di riva.” “Di house whe shelta yu when a rain, look fi it when sun hot.” “Humble calf suck di most milk.” “Nubady neva kick dead dawg.” “Nu dash whe stick before yu done cross riva.” “Annu every kin teet a laugh.” “Mawga cow a bull mumma.” “Dawg say 'if im ave money', im woulda buy flea.” “When coco ripe it mus bus.” “Yu cyaa ride cow an cuss cow kin.” “Willin pickny belly full, unwillin pickny belly empty.” “Every day yu goad donkey, one day him gwine kick yu.” “Teef Teef from feef, God laugh.” “Day longa dan rope.” “Wise monkey know wha tree fi climb.” “Rain a fall but dutty tough.” “Duppy know who fi frighten.” “Hang yu basket whe yu can reach it.” “Tumuch callaloo mek peppa pot bitta.” “Nu betta herrin, nu betta barrel.” “Trouble nu set like rain.” “Clear conscience sleep a tunda.” “Good friend betta dan pocket money.” “Haad ears pickny nyam rockstone.” “One finga cyaa ketch lice.” “Bucket go well every day, one day di bottom ago drop out.” “Craven choke puppy.” “Nyam some, lef some.” “Def ears gi liad trouble.” “Teef neva love fi si teef wid long bag.” “Poun a fret cyaa pay ounce a debt.” “Pudd'n cyaa bake widout fyah.” “Parson christ'n him pickny fus.” “Saltfish de pan counta a wait pan bread an butta.” “Victory nu come fram lie dung inna bead.” “Ben di tree when it young, when it ole it wi bruk.” “Nu tek ugly mek laugh.” “Pick an pick until yu pick shit.” “All mout nu set fi tell di same lie.” “A faas mek anansi de a house top.” “Anansi rope tie him maasa.” “Wen yu gwine knock anansi memba di wall.” “If yu mash ants yu fine im guts.” “Ants follow fat, fat drown im.” “Cockroach neva right before chicken.” “Black bud say fi im pickny fus.” “Play stone kill bud.” “Duck nu lay egg before fowl.” “If yu cuss Johncrow peel head turky wi bex.” “Belly full, pitata ave kin.” “If yu see everybody a run tek time.” “Gi a man a haas him want saggle to.” “Yu nu know how parson get him gown.” “Before dawg go widout suppa, im nyam cockroach.” “Crab say im nu trus nu shadow afta dark.” “If speech wort shillin, silence worth pound .” “Cause parrot mek noise, dem say a him one nyam banana.” “If yu nu go unda fowl coob, fowl cyaa shit pan yu.” “Nutt'n beat a trial but a failure.“ “Dance a yard before yu dance abroad.” “If yu waa good, yu nose affi run.” “People nuh stone mango tree when it naw bear.” “Man nu dead, nu call dem duppy.” “Dawg a sweat and long hair hide it.” “Thief neva like fi see thief with long bag.” “Betta belly buss dan good food waste.” “Jackass seh di worl nu level.” “Fyah de a mus mus tail, him tink a cool breeze.” Jamaican Proverb “Fowl whe feed a yard nu hard fi ketch.” “Igle jackass follow cane trash go a poun.” “Fus laaf anno laaf.” “Before monkey buy trousers, him affi know whe fi put him tail.” “Di ola di moon di brighta di shine.” “Sick nu care, doctor worst.” “Every mickle mek a muckle.” “If yu want half a bread beg it, if yu want one, buy it yuself.” “Puss belly full him say rat batty stink.” “When jackass smell corn him gallop.” “Sorry fi mawga daag dem tun roun bite you.” “Crab walk too much lose him claw.” “When rat like ramp roun puss jaw, one day him gwine en up in puss craw.” “Nu matta how boar hog hide unda sheep wool, him grunt betray him.” “Yu shake man han, yu nu shake him heart.” “Alligator lay egg, but him nu fowl.” “Pepper bun hot but it good fi curry.” “Young bud nu know storm.” “Rockstone a riva bottom nu know sun hot.” “Bucket wid hole a battam nu have no business a riverside.” “Hog say the fus water im ketch im walla.” “Wha nu kill fatten.” “Howdy an tenk yu nu bruk no square.” “ Empty bag cyaa stan up.” “Want all, lose all.” “Mischief come by di poun and go by di ounce.” “Poun a fret cyaa pay ounce a debt.” “If yu cyaa get turkey, satisfy wid John Crow.” “Ole fyah stick easy fi ketch.” “Cock mout kill cock.” “Peacock hide him foot when him hear 'bout him tail.” “Finger neba say look ya, him say look yonda.” “So much mout cyaa set fi tell di same lie.” “Every tub affi sit on it own bottom.” “One one coco full basket.” “Chicken merry, hawk de near.” “Alligator shouldn't call hog long mout.” “Likkle alligator tun big alligator.” JAMAICAN PROVERB Virgin Island Proverbs “Studyation betta dan education.” Virgin Island Proverb “Dutty water will out fyah.” Virgin Island Proverb “Dutty han mek greasy mout.” Virgin Island Proverb “All fish does bite but shark does get di blame.” Virgin Island Proverb Go To: Afrikan Proverbs Go To: Caribbean Folktales
  2. Go To: Caribbean Proverbs Go To: Afrikan Folktales Categories Proverbs about Beauty Proverbs about Family Proverbs about Food & Eating Proverbs about Friendship Proverbs about Learning & Wisdom Proverbs about Love & Marriage Proverbs about Patience Proverbs about Peace & Leadership Proverbs about Riches & Poverty Proverbs about Unity & The Community Proverbs About Beauty Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. Yoruba proverb The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. Ghanaian proverb The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. Ganda proverb Having beauty doesn’t mean understanding the perseverance of marriage. Afrikan proverb Every woman is beautiful until she speaks. Zimbabwean proverb The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. Baluba proverb A beautiful one hurts the heart. African proverb Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you. African proverb Youth is beauty, even in cattle. Egyptian proverb A beautiful thing is never perfect. Egyptian proverb There is no beauty but the beauty of action. Moroccan proverb A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. African proverb Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. Botswana proverb It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. African proverb It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. African proverb Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. Egyptian proverb Even the colors of a chameleon are for survival not beauty. African proverb Despite the beauty of the moon, sun and the stars, the sky also has a threatening thunder and striking lightening. African proverb Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone. Nigerian Proverb Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. Egyptian proverb A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. African proverb Beauty is not sold and eaten. Nigerian Proverb Why they like an ugly person takes long for a beautiful person to know. African proverb Proverbs About Family A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place. African proverb A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break. African proverb A real family eats the same cornmeal. Bayombe proverb Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. Ethiopian proverb Home affairs are not talked about on the public square. African proverb He who earns calamity, eats it with his family. African proverb The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. Akan proverb Proverbs About Food & Eating The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied. African proverb The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly. Kikuyu proverb The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. Bayombe proverb Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with gravel in his mouth. African proverb As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those that rear it. Amharic proverb One person is a thin porridge; two or three people are a lump of ugali. Kuria proverb Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. Malagasy proverb Cooked food is not sold for goats. Kikuyu proverb A dog knows the places he is thrown food. Acholi proverb Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. Ibo proverb You should know what’s being cooked in the kitchen otherwise you might eat a forbidden food. African proverb A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. Ghanaian proverb He who doesn’t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour. African proverb A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. African proverb Those who are at one regarding food are at one in life. Malawian proverb Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. African proverb If you find no fish, you have to eat bread. Ghanaian proverb When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. Kikuyu proverb Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. Haussa proverb It is not the cook’s fault when the cassava turns out to be hard and tasteless. Ewe proverb Things are to be tried, an old lady cooked stones and they produced soup. Zimbabwean proverb If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. South African proverb The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit. Ethiopian proverb One shares food not words. Somali proverb The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. Zimbabwean proverb If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance. African proverb Rich people cook their food in a potsherd. Kikuyu proverb The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” Ghanaian proverb They ate our food, and forgot our names. Tunisian proverb Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. Ethiopian proverb An abundance of food at your neighbor’s will not satisfy your hunger. Bayaka proverb When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. Zambian proverb Proverbs About Friendship A small house will hold a hundred friends. African proverb Hold a true friend with both hands. African proverb A friend is someone you share the path with. African proverb Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends. Gabon proverb Show me your friend and I will show you your character. African proverb Proverbs About Learning & Wisdom Wisdom is wealth. Swahili proverb The fool speaks, the wise man listens. Ethiopian proverb What you learn is what you die with. African proverb In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. Nigerian Proverb A wise person will always find a way. Tanzanian proverb A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning. Kenyan proverb Learning expands great souls. Namibian proverb You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. African proverb What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn. African proverb By crawling a child learns to stand. African proverb Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off. African proverb The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Cameroonian proverb Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem. Akan proverb One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom. African proverb If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. African proverb By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. Buganda proverb Traveling is learning. Kenyan proverb Proverbs About Love & Marriage He who loves the vase loves also what is inside. African proverb Coffee and love taste best when hot. Ethiopian proverb If you are ugly you must either learn to dance or make love. Zimbabwean proverb To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better. Wolof proverb If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. Egyptian proverb Never marry a woman who has bigger feet than you. Mozambique proverb Love has to be shown by deeds not words. Swahili proverb Proverbs About Patience Patience is the key which solves all problems. Sudanese proverb Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. Bantu proverb Patience can cook a stone. African proverb At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. African proverb Patience puts a crown on the head. Ugandan proverb Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. Ibo proverb Proverbs About Peace & Leadership Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. Kenyan proverb When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful. Ashanti proverb A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. Lesotho proverb Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. African proverb When there is peace in the country, the chief does not carry a shield. Ugandan proverb Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. West African proverb An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. Ghanaian proverb Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. Tanzanian proverb He who refuses to obey cannot command. Kenyan proverb A large chair does not make a king. Sudanese proverb Where a woman rules, streams run uphill. Ethiopian proverb Proverbs About Richness & Poverty He who receives a gift does not measure. African proverb Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. Ashanti proverb One cannot count on riches. Somalia proverb Rich people sometimes eat bad food. Kikuyu proverb Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. Akan proverb Make some money but don’t let money make you. Tanzanian proverb He who loves money must labor. Mauritanian proverb Greed loses what it has gained. Afrikan proverb Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use. Nigerian Proverb A man’s wealth may be superior to him. Cameroon proverb With wealth one wins a woman. Ugandan proverb Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. Akan proverb The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. Yoruba proverb Lack of money is lack of friends; if you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you. Yoruba proverb You become wise when you begin to run out of money. Ghanaian proverb You should not hoard your money and die of hunger. Ghanaian proverb One cannot count on riches. Somali proverb Proverbs About Unity & The Community Unity is strength, division is weakness. Swahili proverb It takes a village to raise a child. African proverb Many hands make light work. Haya (Tanzanian) proverb Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. Tanzanian proverb A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. African proverb Go To: Caribbean Proverbs Go To: Afrikan Folktales

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