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 Zambia Sayings, Old Sayings and Proverbial Wisdom


Inspiring Quotes and Proverbial Wisdom from  Zambia about Destiny, Honor and Beauty, Life and Death


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One who enters the forest does not listen to the breaking of twigs in the brush. -- Zambian Proverb

Your feet will take you away from home, but your stomach will always bring you back. -- Zambian Proverb

A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired for building. -- Zambian Proverb

The shark who has eaten cannot swim with the shark that is hungry. -- Zambia Proverb

To get rid of anger, first weed out the bitter roots. -- Zambia Proverb

Lies have short legs. -- Zambian Proverb

To give is to put. -- Zambian Proverb

I am because we are; we are because I am. -- Zambia Proverb

A wild dog is best eaten when clubbed to death. -- Zambian Proverb

You can trust your brother, your father, your mother, but never your wife. -- Zambian Proverb

An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper. -- Zambian Proverb

Jump over a log but not over your neighbor's word. -- Zambian Proverb


A woman without teeth shall be left to the lions. -- Zambian Proverb

A strong bull is seen by it's scars.-- Zambian Proverb

If you are ugly, learn how to dance. -- Zambian Proverb

Beat your wife regularly; if you don't know why, she will. -- Zambian Proverb

A fat woman warms the night better than a strong fire.-- Zambia Proverb

He who listened to the woman suffered famine at harvest time. -- Zambian Proverbs

A man with a cross eye shall be put to the torch. -- Zambia Proverb

A monkey that pilfers from a widow's larder must not be admonished. -- Zambia Proverb

When you run alone, you run fast. When you run together, you run far. -- Zambian Proverb

You have to look after wealth, but knowledge looks after you. -- Zambian Proverb

If you have no teeth, do not break the clay cooking pot. -- Zambian Proverb

Speak of the dog, but take the stick into your hand. -- Zambian Proverb

A madman drops a stone in a well, but forty wise men cannot take it out. -- Zambian Proverb

If a child shoots an arrow that reaches the top of a tall palm tree, then it must be that an elderly person carved the arrow for him. -- Nigerian Proverb

He who has people is richer than he who has money. -- Nigerian Proverb

A tree is best measured when it's down. -- Nigerian Proverb

When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby. -- Nigerian Proverb

The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite. -- Nigerian Proverb

Hold a true friend with both your hands. - Nigerian Proverb

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. -- Nigerian Proverb

A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is. -- Nigerian Proverb

Mother's soup is always the best in the world. -- Nigerian Proverb

If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. -- Nigerian Proverb

It takes a whole village to raise a child. -- Nigerian Proverb

One goat cannot carry another goat's tail. -- Nigerian Proverb

A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. -- Nigerian Proverb

When a palm-branch reaches its height, it gives way for a fresh one to grow. -- Nigerian Proverb

We live by hope, but a reed never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming. -- Nigerian Proverb

The weak warrior wearing sandals overcomes the brave with a thorn in his foot. -- Nigerian Proverb





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