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Zambia Sayings, Old Sayings and Proverbs

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

IOne 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

BA 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. -- Zambia Proverb

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

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

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What are Proverbs and Where do the come from?

Proverbs and old sayings reveal many aspects about the cultural  traditions of a society. Proverbs originated from indigenous humble folk who handed down these wise old sayings over the centuries, generation to generation. Many proverbs serve as advisory tales, wise counsel and occasionally chastisement.