Famous proverbs by Chinua Achebe

If you want to eat a toad, you should look for a fat and juicy oneAn old woman is never old when it comes to the dance she knows When the moon is shinning the cripple becomes hungry for a walk

If you want to eat a toad, you should look for a fat and juicy one
An old woman is never old when it comes to the dance she knows

When the moon is shinning the cripple becomes hungry for a walk

The fox must be chased away first; after that the hen might be warned against wandering into the bush

A man does not challenge his chi(god) to a wrestling match

When a handshake goes beyond the elbow we know it has turned to another thing

The fly that has no one to advise it follows the corpse into the grave

Wisdom is like a goatskin bag; every man carries his own

Looking at a king’s mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast

The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them

The man who has never submitted to anything will soon submit to the burial mat

He who has people is richer than he who has money

If a child washed his hands he could eat with kings

A woman who carries her head on a rigid neck as if she is carrying a pot of water will never live long with any husband

An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb

The greatest liar among men still speaks the truth to his son

If you pay homage to the man on top, others will pay homage to you when it is your turn to be on top

If one finger brings oil it soils the others

The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did

An only palm fruit does not get lost in the fire

An adult does not sit and watch while the she-goat suffers the pain of child birth tied to a post

A man who brings home ant-infested faggots should not complain if he is visited by lizards

The man who has no gift for speaking says his kinsmen have said all there is to say

We do not by-pass a man and enter his compound

Whatever tune you play in the compound of a great man there is always someone to dance to it

A boy who tries to wrestle with his father gets blinded by the old man’s loin cloth

It is not right to a man with elephantiasis of the scrotum to take on small pox as well, when thousands of other people have not had even their share of small diseases.

 

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