100+ Inspiring African Quotes


‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ -African Proverb


‘If you think education is expensive try ignorance.’ – African proverb


‘Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skillful Sailors’. -African Proverb


“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.” -African Proverb


‘When the music changes, so does the dance.’ -African Proverb


‘We begin by being foolish and we become wise by experience.’ -African Proverb


‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.’ -African Proverbs


‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.’ -African Proverb


‘One falsehood spoils a thousand truths’ -Ashanti Proverb (Ghana)


‘A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.’ -African Proverb


‘Seeing is different than being told. ‘ -African Proverb


‘He who marries a real beauty is seeking trouble.’ -Ghanaian Proverb


‘Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped’ – African Proverb


‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’ -African proverb


‘Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.’ -African Proverb


‘A talkative bird will not build a nest.’ -African Proverb


‘He who forgives ends an argument.’ -African Proverb


‘A Tree is Known by its fruit’ – Zulu Proverb


‘The axe forgets; the tree remembers.’ – African Proverb


‘Many Hands make light work’ -Tanzanian Proverb


‘She who learns, teaches’ -African Proverb


‘Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.’ -African Proverb


‘A Beautiful Woman is not with our defects’ -African Proverb


‘A close friend can become a close enemy’ -African Proverb (Ethiopia)


‘When you pray, move your feet’ -African Proverb


‘A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.’ – African proverb


‘Quarrels end, but words one spoken never die’ -African Proverb


‘Not to know is bad. Not to wish to know is worst’ -African Proverb


‘A patient man will eat ripe fruit.’ -African Proverb


‘If you are on the road to nowhere, find another road.’ -Ashanti Proverb (Ghana)


‘However long the night, the dawn will break’ -African Proverb


‘He who does not look ahead always remains behind.’ -African Proverb


‘A lie has many variations, the truth none.’ -African Proverb


‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far’ -African Proverb


‘A speaker of truth has no friends’ – African Proverb


‘If you educate a man you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.’ -African Proverb


‘When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.’ -African Proverb


‘True teaching is not accumulation of knowledge, it is an awakening of consciousness’ -African Proverb


‘To get lost is to learn the way’ -African Proverb


The one nearest to the enemy is the real leader.’ -African Proverb


‘Lack of money is lack of friends. If you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you.’ -Yoruba Proverb


‘Words are like spears: Once they leave your lips, they never come back.’ -Beninois Proverb


‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance’ -African Proverb


‘By crawling, a child learns to stand.’ -West African Proverb


‘Faults are like a hill: You stand on top of your own and talk about those of other people’ -African Proverb


‘Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them’ -Nigerian Proverb


‘When the elderly ones in a house travel, the younger ones quickly grow in experience.’ -African Proverb


‘If you and a fool have an argument, he succeeds’ -African Proverb


‘Only a Medicine Man gets rich by sleeping.’ -African Proverb


‘Love is like a baby, it needs to be treated tenderly’ -African Proverb


‘Wisdom is like a baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it.’ -African Proverb


‘Without a leader, black ants are confused.’ -African Proverb


‘Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth.’ -African Proverb


‘There is no better mirror than an old friend’ -African Proverb


‘A camel does not tease another camel about his humps’ -Egyptian Proverb


Until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be the hero’ -African Proverb


‘He who refuses to obey, cannot command’ -African Proverb


‘Only someone else can scratch your back’ -African Proverbs


‘A hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.’ -Namibian Proverb


‘A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed’.


‘When they say a person burned to death, don’t ask if his beard burnt’ -Sierra Leonean Proverb


‘In the village that you don’t know, the chicken have teeth’ -Ivorian Proverb


‘A roaring lion kills no game’ -Tanzanian Proverb


“‘If its not a boy it will be a girl’ says the fortune-teller'” -Malagasy proverb


‘When carrying an elephant’s flesh on one’s head, one should not look for crickets underground’ -Burkinabe Proverb


‘Work is good providing you do not forget to live’ -Bantu Proverb


‘Do not leave your host’s house, throwing mud in his well’ – Namibian Proverb


‘Patience is the key which solves all problems’ -Sudanese proverb


‘What is said over the dead lion’s body could bot be said to him alive’ -African Proverb


‘He who digs too deep for a fish may come out with a snake’ -African Proverb


‘Smooth Seas do not make skillful sailors’ -African Proverb


‘The danger with this generation is that they want to eat their dinner in the morning’ -African Proverb


‘The man on his feet carries off the share of the man sitting down’ -Bissau Guinean Proverb


‘To one who does not know a small garden is a forest’ -Gabonese Proverb


‘When there is not enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.’ -African Proverb


‘A good man may be controlled by his wife, while lesser man dominates his.’ -Somali Proverb


‘A diamond doesn’t lose its value due to lack of Admiration.’ -African Proverb


‘A river which forgets its source will eventually dry up.’ -African Proverbs


‘There will be a rainbow after the storm.’ -African Proverb


‘He who gets lost in the forest takes it out on he who leads him back on the right road.’ -DR. Congo Proverb


‘The toad likes water but not when it is boiling’ -Guinean Proverb


‘A friend is someone you share the path with’ -African Proverb


‘The nodding lizard does not mean all is well’ -African Proverb


‘Do not throw away the oars before the boat reaches the shore’ -DR Congo proverb


‘Tomorrow is slow to come, but always comes’ -African Proverb


‘He who does not work when the dawn reddens, will have to work for others when he is blind.’ -South Sudanese Proverb


‘Do not repair a man’s fence until you have seen to your own’ -African Proverb


‘Brothers love each other when they are equally rich’ -Sierra Leonean Proverb


‘To get lost is to learn the way’ -African Proverb


‘A man cannot undo his past. Can zebras wipe away their stripes’ -Namibian Proverb


‘In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case’ – Rwandan Proverb


‘Whoever doesn’t follow their elderly’s words, concern is their doom’ -Tunisian Proverb


‘The surface of the water is beautiful, but its no good to sleep on.’ -Ghanaian Proverb


‘The night might be long, but whether you want it or not, the day will announce itself.’ -Rwandan Proverbs


‘Do not mend neighbor’s fence before looking to your own.’ -Tanzanian Proverb


‘Cattle are born with ears, their horns grow later.’ -Lesotho Proverb


‘Only a fool tests the water with both feet’. -African Proverb


‘If there is cause to someone, the cause to love has just begun. -Wolof Proverb (Senegal)


‘Old men sit in the shade, because they planted a tree many years before.’ -Ugandan Proverb


‘Not all flowers of a tree produce fruit.’ -Mauritanian Proverb


‘Youth talk first and then listen; the elderly listen and then talk.’ Lesotho Proverb


‘Rain does not fall on one roof only’ – African Proverb


‘When the master of the house tells a lie, then offer him a chair.’ -Burundian Proverb


‘If you watch your to, your food will not burn.’ – Mauritanian Proverb


‘Having a good discussion is like having riches.’ -Kenyan Proverb


‘He who asks questions cannot avoid answers.’ -African Proverb


‘When a fool is told a proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him’ -Ghanaian Proverb

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