Proverbs are the index of the inner life of African people

Proverbs are the index of the inner life of African people

Proverbs are the index of the inner life of African people



African proverbs and sayings are the wisdom and humor of ancient elders and ancestors


African proverb for people who love to show off
African proverb for people who love to show off


Though many African common sayings and proverbs seem simple to the common person and even coarse to the wisest and noblest of educators, there is complexity in simplicity. The resolute character of the ancestors enabled them to not only win their independence but to learn from suffering patience the many trials and disappointment in fighting for freedom.

When troubles hovered over many African ancestors, community proverb sayings contained the wisdom of many nations and placed them side-by-side with those hopes and dreams sent up high. It would have been natural for the ancestor and their use of proverbs to contain vision and unity or they would perish. The best proverbs are born out of fear and aggravation; fear of the unknown and aggravation of helplessness. Good proverbs do not need definition no definition will enable a person to identify with a sentence as a proverb.

Proverbs are remembered because they contain universal truths and are wise or witty statements. Proverbs are remembered when the situation is just right as elements appeal to us to remember a proverb in times of trouble and happiness. Proverbs often cross language barriers wielding universal truth no matter the national language. Clearly, proverbs mean something to Africans as they are an integral part of speech, life, and love. Proverbs correspond to a deep-seated need and anxiety and of course psychological an ethical function of humankind.

Old as a proverb maybe and as common a statement rarely will a proverb become a proverb until it is stamped with approval by the voice of the people. It is said every proverb had three essential characteristics of concision, awareness, and truth. Africans are very fond of proverbs and their sayings are frequently used as an expression of thought by every race and creed throughout the world. Many African proverb sayings used today are very old dating back into the remote recesses of time. Proverbs are the index of the inner life of African people.

African women and men influencing the opinion of the world make nearly all proverbs. Many of these proverbs refer to feminine traits and obligations from a man's point of view while other proverbs reflect the feminine mind who are women are held in high esteem intellectually. Not only do proverbs sometimes praise virtue and honor they also praise the graceful form of a woman. The most beautiful proverbs come from Africa who looks deeply into their lives and connects with dead ancestors.

African proverb universal truth
African proverb universal truth

African ancient elders and ancestors proverbs to collect and study

A fine cage will not feed the bird.

A good swimmer is not safe against drowning.

After mischance everyone is wise.

An enemy does not sleep.

Bad watch often feeds the wolf.

Born but yesterday and today a giant.

He does a good day’s work that rids himself of a fool.

He is rich enough who owes nothing.

He who rides on the giant’s shoulders sees further than he who carries him.

Like the tusk and teeth of an elephant, one set for show and another for use.

None so busy as those who do nothing.

Not every dog that barks bites

Nothing falls into the mouth of a sleeping lion.

One-half of the world laughs at the other.

Scratch people where they itch.

The devil often lurks behind the cross.

The eagle does not hunt flies.

The fool who is silent passes for wise.

The goat has paid with its life, yet its meat is not tasty.

The greedy eats with eyes closed before his children.

The only way to keep a secret is to say nothing.

The sheep on the mountain is higher than the bull on the plain.

The tree does not fall at the first stroke.

There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.

To wash a donkey’s tail is loss of time and soap.

Too late the bird cries out when it is caught.

Two crows on the same ear of corn are not long friends.

Unstringing the bow does not cure the wound.

What is enough was never little.

What is learned in the cradle lasts until the grave.

African proverbs are life long values

What is learned in the cradle lasts until the grave.

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