Nigerian Proverbs

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Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian proverb

If one finger brought oil it soiled others. ~Nigerian proverb

An oil lamp feels proud to give light even though it wears itself away. ~Nigerian proverb

It is the first step that is difficult. ~Nigerian proverb

Does a man not know when he has pepper in his eyes? If we forget yesterday, how shall we remember tomorrow. ~Nigerian proverb

It takes a village to raise a child. ~Nigerian proverb

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. ~Nigerian proverb

The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite. ~Nigerian proverb

The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup. ~Nigerian proverb

The frog does not jump in the daytime without reason. ~Nigerian proverb

The one being carried does not realize how far away the town is. ~Nigerian proverb

When the next house is on fire, ’tis high time to look to your own. ~Nigerian proverb

An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will definitely become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants. ~Nigerian proverb

He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little. ~Nigerian proverb

Sleep and indolence are not cousins of a good harvest. ~Nigerian proverb

When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind. ~Nigerian proverb

It is not only the fox, even the snail arrives at its destination. ~Nigerian proverb

It is the same moon that wanes today that will be the full moon tomorrow. ~Nigerian proverb

The bottom of wealth is sometimes a dirty thing to behold. ~Nigerian proverb

The spider that knows what it will gain sits waiting patiently in its web. The praying mantis is never tired waiting all day. ~Nigerian proverb

A single man can not build a house. ~Nigerian proverb

A person on whose head lice are being removed, must be grateful. ~Nigerian proverb

When the laborer is praised, his cutlass begins to cut more keenly. ~Nigerian proverb

Money does not announce how it is earned but whereas properly earned money appreciates, improperly earned money depreciates. ~Nigerian proverb

We are what our thinking makes us. ~Nigerian proverb

The man who remembers others, remembers also his creator. ~Nigerian proverb

A person who picks something and decides to make it his own, ought to think how he would feel if he was the person who lost the property he picked. ~Nigerian proverb

Our examples are like seeds on a windy day, they spread far and wide. ~Nigerian proverb

It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring that makes the tortoise to carry his house along with him wherever he goes. ~Nigerian proverb

He who does not look ahead always remains behind. ~Nigerian proverb

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