List Of African Proverbs About Marriage

List Of African Proverbs About Marriage

African quotes on marriage can be quite entertaining depending on who is being quoted. There is wisdom and depth and the sayings of our people but you also will learn that having a sense of humor was and is very important in the African culture. African marriage quotes can be easily and seamlessly integrated into your African wedding ceremony.

Because they are typically short and to the point, you can consider making bookmarks with a variety of these African quotes on marriage as giveaways to your guests. Maybe not all your guests are bookworms… you can actually personalize a lot of items with these marriage quotations. I’ll discuss more ideas for wedding favors later though…

How else can you use these African quotes on marriage? Well maybe you have a hard time finding the words to express your love, and of course, having to do it in front of your entire family and over 200 (maybe?) of your closest and dearest friends doesn’t exactly make it any easier… Draw some inspiration from these timeless marriage quotations and use them a jumping off point to writing your own inspiring prose for your loved one.

Perhaps you’ve already come up with the perfect speech to knock your bride- or groom-to-be’s socks off… how about sprucing it up with some of these African quotes on marriage? Get creative and flex your Shakespearean muscle.

African Quotes on Marriage By Country & Tribe

Algerian Proverbs

The thinnest bread finds itself married to bread

Arabic Proverbs

Marry the girl of a good family, though she be seated on a mat, very poor

Marry amongst strangers, thus you will not have feeble posterity

Marry the distant, marry not the near

Berber Proverbs

You have captured my liver (the liver is considered to be the organ of love among the Berber)

Burundi Proverbs

Where there is love there is no darkness

Caribbean Proverbs

A good “live with” is better than a bad marriage

The same mouth that courts you doesn’t marry you

Getting married is nothing, it’s assuming the responsibility of marriage that counts

Marry for love, work for money

The way you got married is not the way you will get divorced

Egyptian Proverbs

He who loves a thing often talks of it

If you love, love the moon; if you steal, steal a camel

If you have no relatives, get married

If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is

Don’t play matchmaker for your son but rather for your daughter

The shadow of a man is better than that of a wall (i.e. it is better to be have a man than not to)

Whoever marries my mother, I will call him uncle

Like a bride’s mother… does nothing yet acts busy

Take a wife while you are young that she may make a son for you while you are youthful – Egyptian scribe Ani from Thebes

A beautiful thing is never perfect

If you are wise, look after your house, love your wife without alloy

Ethiopian Proverbs

When in love, a cliff becomes a meadow

A woman married without consultation runs away without consultation

Ghanaian Proverbs

Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack them to see what is inside

It is Mr.Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs.Old-Woman-Monkey

So many little things make a man love a woman in a big way

One who is looking for a wife does not speak with contempt about women

Kenyan Proverbs

If you laugh at your mother-in-law, you’ll get dirt in your eye

Liberian Proverbs

If you marry a beautiful woman, you marry trouble

Madagascar Proverbs

Sadness is a valuable treasure, only discovered in people you love

Don’t be so much in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining

The man that is loved by his wife has no trouble conversing

Moroccan Proverbs

The quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love

Do not correct with a strike that which can be taught with a kiss

Many are the roads that do not lead to the heart

A wise woman has much to say and yet remains silent

There is no queue at the gate of patience

He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for

If there were no cold Friday evenings and boring Saturdays, no one would get married any more

Instruct a man, you instruct an individual. Instruct a woman, you instruct a nation

One who pervades the great universe is seen by none unless a man knows the unfolding of love

The hand you cannot bite, kiss

Mozambiquan Proverbs

Never marry a woman who has bigger feet than you

Nigerian Proverbs

A woman who is not successful in her own marriage has no advice to give her younger generations

A man that begets a barren cannot have a grandchild

It is the habit that a child forms at home that follows them to their marriage

He who marries a beauty marries trouble

If a friend hurts you, run to your wife

It is the wife who knows her husband

A man’s first wife never complains of neglect from the penis, the first morsel never complains of insufficient sauce

“Now the marriage begins,” says the woman who has been beaten with thorns

The husband is the tie and the wife is the parcel; when the tie breaks, the parcel loosens

The man who says he will not marry a woman with other admirers will not marry a woman

Sierra Leonean Proverbs

It is only when you look at a bride’s eye is when you know she is crying

Sudanese Proverbs

One thread for the needle, one love for the heart

Ugandan Proverbs

Take away the wife of a strong man only when he is out

Courtship is not marriage

Zimbabwean Proverbs

A man that does not lie shall never marry

Zulu Proverbs

Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls

Anonymous African Country

A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers

He who marries a beauty marries trouble

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African Marriage Quotes By Africans & African-Americans

  • If you are wise and seek to make your house stable, love your wife fully and righteously…
    Kindness and consideration will influence her better than force
    – Husania
  • Take a wife while you are young that she may make a son for you while you are youthful
    – Egyptian scribe Ani from Thebes
  • Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity
    – Kahlil Gibran
  • We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond
    – Gwendolyn Brooks
  • We love because it’s the only true adventure
    – Nikki Giovanni