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11 African Proverbs To Live By

Friday, Feb 03, 2017
by Humanitarian Institute


Our world is a complex place. International turmoil. Conflict. Disasters. It’s enough to suppress even the most optimistic. Times like these require wise words. Words that cut through the noise and open your mind to a new reality.

Read. Reflect. Discuss

​The fool speaks, the wise man listens. ~ Ethiopia

In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. ~ Nigeria

If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. ~ Africa

A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning. ~Kenya

Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases. ~ Swahili proverb

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenya

If you can’t resolve your problems in peace, you can’t solve them in war. ~ Somalia

Money can’t talk, yet it can make lies look true. ~ South Africa

You must act as if it is impossible to fail. ~ Ashanti

Patience is the key which solves all problems. ~ Sudan

Anger and madness are brothers.  ~African Proverb​

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