Cameroonian Proverbs (051-100)

If a father does not cultivate, the son does not inherit land.

If you get a fine harvest of maize don’t break
your local brotherhood and sisterhood.

In the great river there are large and small fish.

It is only a male elephant that can save another one from a pit.

It is easier to transport a termite hill than have authority in a village.

Know the price of a Kwanga while dad and mom are still alive.

Leave alone a dance you are unable to perform.

Like ants, eat little and carry the rest back to your home.

Major problems have solution with the old men.

Marriage is a school.

No one knows if a bird in flight has an egg in its stomach.

Nobody kills an ignorant person who begs for wisdom.

One will always return to an axe or hoe
handle that the woman shows them.

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

One should not beg with a basket.

One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn't feel the cold.

Only a mother can understand the suffering of a son.

Patience can cook a stone.

People know each other better on a journey.

Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you.

Pride only goes the length one can spit.

Roots do not know what a leaf has in mind.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

Suffering is prior to attaining success or perfection.

Tall stories destroy the family relationship.

The predator lands on an unknown tree.

The chief's son has to collect firewood when destiny destroys him.

The mouth does not eat if the feet do
not walk and the hands work.

The heart is a locket that does not open easily.

The corpse of a bird does not decompose
in flight, but on the ground.

The bird has no nest, but a branch to rest on.

The mouse says: I dig a hole without a hoe;
the snake says: I climb a tree without arms.

The eyes of the wise person see through you.

The heart of an adult is like that of an elephant.

The rain falls on only one roof.

The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart.

The house that is built well
doesn’t move any longer.

The strength of the elderly is in the ears and on the lips.

The sun shines during the day, not at night.

The person who sees the in-laws to be bad is not the engaged woman.

The tears of the orphan run inside.

The toad that wanted to avoid the rain fell in the water.

The path leads towards loved ones not thorns.

The wind helps those without an axe to cut wood.

The womb is not a boat, it cannot carry as much.

The parent who corrects his or her child with a rod does not sin.

The pants of today are better than the breeches of tomorrow.

The word of a friend makes you cry;
the word of an enemy makes you laugh.

The one who eats has tasted the hardship of labor.

To form a dog is the ruin of education.

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