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When two elephants fight it is the grass that gets trampled.
The disease which affects the eyes usually affects the nose as well. (Nigeria, and Cameroon)
What hurt eyes does make nose run. (Trinidad)
Tales are the food of the ear. (Nigeria)
Talk is the ear's food. (Jamaica)
What is done in the dark will appear in the light. (St. Lucia, Dominica)
When the cat's away, the rats have a ball. (St. Lucia)
The tears of the orphan run inside. (Cameroon)
An empty stomach can make a person lose his or her cattle. (Soudan)
One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn't feel the cold. (Tanzania)
Tout homme qui descend au fond d'un puits pour y regarder le ciel le trouvera petit.
Que celui qui n'a pas traversé ne se moque pas de celui qui s'est noyé.
Lorsque tu ne sais pas où tu vas, regarde d'où tu viens.
La langue qui fourche fait plus de mal que le pieds qui trébuche.
Ce qui est plus fort que l'éléphant c'est la brousse.
Une pirogue n'est jamais trop grande pour chavirer.
L'eau chaude n'oublie pas qu'elle a été froide.
Le léopard ne se délace pas sans ses taches.
Tout a une fin sauf la banane qui en a deux.
Great trees keep little ones down.
spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. - Navajo Proverb
willing contemplation of vice is vice.
the bad things that are done to you in the sand, but write the good things
that happen to you on a piece of marble.
sunshine makes a desert.
in Allah, but tie your camel. -Arabic saying
the camel once gets his nose in a tent, his body will soon follow.
big thieves hang the little ones.
a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.
It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins.
A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood.
When you have only two pennies left in the world,
buy a loaf of bread with
Swords and guns have no eyes.
If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.
To understand your parents' love, bear your own children.
A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who
does not ask remains a fool forever. –
In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone
anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
The gem cannot be polished
without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
bad penny always turns up.
friend in need is a friend indeed.
stitch in time saves nine.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Floats like a butterfly. Stings like a bee.
never rains, but it pours.
is a bitch!
too short to be miserable, so cheer up and smile.
ever happens until it does.
father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
of these day is none of these days.
the wearer knows where the shoe pinches
seldom knocks twice.
Spare the rod, spoil the child.
Take a chill pill.
early bird catches the worm.
no fool like an old fool.
is too twee to answer-yuck! Trop mignon, beurk!
When the goings get tough, the tough get going.
Where there is a will there is a way.
down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
need to come before you go.
're a big lad for your mam!!!
You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink.
NOTE: Dorothy Parker punquoted this proverb changing it in " You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think".
Charity sees the need not the cause.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they
shall never sit in.
got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
is the poor man's opera.
the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many
who now cause envy would suddenly become the
objects of pity.
enjoy) seize the day. Enjoy today because there may be no tomorrow. You
can't go back in time and re-live the past for all is gone and ubi sunt.
You can't either know what the future holds for everything passes away. So
we have to seize the day, to carpe diem.
than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams. -Yiddish proverb
If you have only two alternatives, then choose the third.To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish. -Yiddish proverb
If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
Plutôt que de chercher des réponses aux questions que tu te poses, demandes-toi plutôt pourquoi tu te les poses.
child may have too much of his mother's blessing.
Those who wish to sing always find a song. - The Swedish version of "Where there is a will there is a way."
A life without love is like a year without summer.
wise man has his tongue in his heart.
All beginnings are difficult.
By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
gives and night takes.
Don't believe the tears of the ocean, for its eyes are always full of water.
God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
often creeps where it should not grow.
Love has made heroes of many and fools of many more.
thief steals love, but love often makes thieves.
gains wisdom through suffering.
afternoon knows what the morning never dreamed.
He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
older the man, the weaker his mind.
time a man, two times a child.
was wise once, when I was born I cried.
boy is easier cheated than an old lady.
for a child, meat for a man, beer for the old.
He who seeds a thought, harvests a destiny.
If you understand, things are just as they are... If you don't understand, things are just as they are.
Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
Better to see the face than to hear the name.
Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.
Better to struggle with a sick jackass than carry the wood by yourself.
Chop wood, carry water.
From the withered tree, a flower blooms
Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
The infinite is in the finite of every instant.
To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.
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