Sunday, July 6, 2014

AFRICA - QUOTES and PROVERBS with images

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During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. - Nelson  Mandela

Nobody wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence, both in Africa & America. - Thomas Jefferson

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He who loves the vase loves also what is inside. - African proverb

It’s much easier to fall in love than to stay in love. - African proverb

A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries. -  African proverb


In my part of Africa, death is never far away. With more Zimbabweans dying in their early thirties now, mortality has a seat at every table. The urgent, tugging winds themselves seem to whisper the message, memento mori, you too shall die. In Africa, you do not view death from the auditorium of life, as a spectator, but from the edge of the stage, waiting only for your cue. You feel perishable, temporary, transient. You feel mortal - Peter Godwin

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 Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. - Akan proverb

 The fool speaks, the wise man listens. - Ethiopian proverb

Wisdom does not come overnight. - Somali proverb


If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. - African proverb

Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. -Moroccan Proverb

A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. - Congolese Proverb

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Patience puts a crown on the head. - Ugandan proverb

Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. - Swahili proverb

However long the night, the dawn will break. - African proverb

War is not porridge. - Gikuyu Proverb

One shares food not words. - Somali Proverb

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. - Zimbabwean Proverb

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However little food we have, we’ll share it even if it’s only one locust. -Malagasy 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

Patience is the key which solves all problems. -  Sudanese proverb

Hurry, hurry has no blessings. -  Swahili proverb

Patience can cook a stone. - African proverb

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To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better. -  Wolof proverb

Love never gets lost it’s only kept. -  African proverb

A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. - Ghanaian Proverb

If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me ? - Karen Blixen

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One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food. - Angolan Proverb

Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. - Ibo Proverb

What one won’t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food. - Bantu & Lamba 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

If I could see your face, I would not need food. - Amharic Proverb

A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone. - Nigerian Proverb

Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. -  Ibo proverb

Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. -  Guinean proverb

There can be no peace without understanding. - Senegalese proverb

Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. - African proverb

One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. - Ethiopian Proverb

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A large chair does not make a king. -  Sudanese proverb

Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. - African proverb

A close friend can become a close enemy. - African proverb