The Wisdom of African Proverbs

We love Africa and have a special fondness for these African proverbs collected from all corners of the continent. If you are looking for wisdom or inspiration - read on because African proverbs are known for giving important life lessons in simple messages.

Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.

(It is not wise to jump into a situation before thinking about it.)

Rain beats the leopard’s skin but it does not wash out the spots.

(No matter how hard you try, you cannot change another person's character.)

A roaring lion kills no game.

(You cannot gain anything by sitting around talking about it. You must get up and work for it.)

Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.

(Trying does not guarantee success but you can never achieve success if you don’t try.)

A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap.

(A house provides the person who lives in it with food, shelter, and security, which are needed to survive and live a happy life.)

The night has ears.

(Even when you think no one is there or listening, your actions are always accounted for and witnessed.)

Even the lion, the king of the forest, protects himself against flies.

(Never underestimate the strength and skill of people who are smaller in stature)

Birds sing not because they have answers but because they have songs.

(Discuss and listen to each other's views)