African proverbs, like the morning star, seem to radiate with a simple wisdom and truth. They have been used for centuries to teach the young about the meaning of life. With this book the author hopes to immerse the reader into the heart and soul of the black continent with a taste of culture, humor, philosophy and wisdom of the local people.
A camel never sees its own hump.
A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.
Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped.
Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.
Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before.
He who learns, teaches.
However long the night, the dawn will break.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.
Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.
The one who asks questions doesn’t lose his way.
There are two things over which you have complete dominion, authority and control – your mind and your mouth.
Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.