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Proverbs from all of Africa.
- A thorn can be removed by another thorn.
- Meaning: Atfer a break-up, a woman can be replaced by another woman. A man can be replaced by another man.
- A wise man sees further seated, than a boy up on a tree.
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- Don't look where you fell, but where you slipped.
- English equivalent: Today is yesterday's pupil.
- Sr, Neil, Neil, Neal (2011). Police Instructor: Deliver Dynamic Presentations, Create Engaging Slides, \& Increase Active Learning. CreateSpace. p. 245. ISBN 1.
- Don’t set sail using someone else’s star.
- Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.
- If one knows thee not or a blind man scolds thee, do not become angry.
- It takes a whole village to raise a child.
- If they are offered winged ants, people will eat them.
- It is a bad child who does not take advice.
- English equivalent: Advice most needed is the least heeded.
- Stone (2006). Routledge Dictionary of World Proverbs. Taylor \& Francis. p. 8.
- One hand cannot wash itself.
Meaning: You need others to succeed in life.
- Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- Source for meaning: Bennett, Nigel; Anderson, Lesley (11 July 2003). Rethinking Educational Leadership: Challenging the Conventions. SAGE Publications. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-7619-4924-4.
- One bad nut often destroys a lot of good nuts.
- Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. (West African proverb)
- The sun is the king of torches.
- West African proverb, quoted in Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages : Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically (1887) by Robert Christy, p. 322
- Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
- Prospectus, Goldman (2011). Baseball Prospectus 2011. John Wiley \& Sons. p. 496. ISBN 0470622067.
- East African proverb, The man who hangs around a beautiful girl without proposing to her, ends up fetching water for guests at her wedding.
- You need to act fast. There are somethings that you have to say right on time.
- You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase.
- Latin equivalent: When in doubt, in favour of the accused.
- Anonymous quoted in Apropos of Africa : Sentiments of Negro American Leaders on Africa from the 1800s to the 1950s (1969) edited by Adelaide Cromwell Hill and Martin Kilson