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- There are few animals, whose history has passed under consideration of naturalists, that have given occasion to so much confusion and equivocation as the Hyena has done. It began very early among the ancients, and the moderns have fully contributed their share.
- James Bruce (1790).
- A sense of humor is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?
- There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.
- To be as cowardly as a hyena
- Arab proverb
- Every fault is laid at the door of the hyena, but it does not steal a bale of cloth
- Hausa proverb
- A hyena cannot smell its own stench
- Kenyan proverb
- It is the timid hyena that lasts the night
- Luo proverb
- If the hyena eats the sick man, it will eat the whole one
- Swahili proverb