Xhosa proverbs

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Xhosa is a language spoken in South Africa by about 8 million people.


  • One does not become great by claiming greatness.
    • Meaning: You will be judged by your actions rather than your words.
    • Ure (2003). In search of nomads: an English obsession from Hester Stanhope to Bruce Chatwin. Constable. p. 138. ISBN 1841193089. Umntu ngumntu ngabantu meaning to be a person you need people around you