List Of African Proverbs In Yoruba

List Of African Proverbs In Yoruba


Medicine left in the bottle can’t help.

When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.

You can’t stop a pig from wallowing in the mud.

When wood breaks it can be repaired, but ivory breaks forever.

The person who has been a slave from birth doesn’t value rebellion.

A man with a cough cannot conceal himself.

A proverb is the horse that can carry one swiftly to the discovery of ideas.

As there is guilt in innocence, there is innocence in guilt.

He who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative.

One who waits for chance may wait a year.

Silence is an attribute of the dead; he who is alive speaks.

The butterfly that brushes against thorns will tear its wings.

The hand of the child cannot reach the shelf, nor the hand of the adult get through the neck of the gourd.

When your neighbor’s horse falls into a pit, you should not rejoice at it, for your own child may fall into it too.

You cannot shave a man’s head in his absence.