Malian proverbs

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Coat of arms of Mali with the motto «One people, one goal, one faith»

Collection of Malian proverbs.

  • Even if a pirogue stays in the river for a long time it will never become a crocodile.[1]
  • The thorn in another person's flesh is easier to remove.[2]
  • Everything has an end, except the banana which has two.[3]


  1. Bamana proverb, Mali; quoted in Ivan Bargna, Africa, Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso published under license from Mondadori, Electa, Milan, Rome, 2008, p. 15.
  2. Quoted in AA.VV., The Proverbs of Black Africa, Giovane Africa Edizioni, Pontedera, 2011. ISBN 978-88-97707-06-6
  3. Bamana proverb; quoted in The world at the table, Internazionale, n. 478, p. 73.
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