Africa proverbs were collected and translated by various Europeans
and edited by the famous explorer Richard F. Burton in 1865 in
Wit and Wisdom from West Africa.
house-roof fights with the rain, but he who is sheltered ignores
love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.
does not destroy the men whom one hates.
nothing touches the palm-leaves they do not rustle.
is a fool whose sheep runs away twice.
man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a
friendship is pleasant, we partake of our friend's entertainment;
not because we have not enough to eat in our own house.
your neighbor's horse falls into a pit, you should not rejoice
at it, for your own child may fall into it too.
pot-lid is always badly off: the pot gets all the sweet, the lid
nothing but steam.
opinions are like water in the bottom of a canoe, going from side
lament not the dead, but lament the trouble of making a grave;
the way of the ghost is longer than the grave.
Reading About the World, Volume 2, edited by Paul Brians, Mary
Gallwey, Douglas Hughes, Michael Myers, Michael Neville, Roger
Schlesinger, Alice Spitzer, and Susan Swan and published by American