63 Malawian Proverbs
- 1. A deer tethered with a golden chain can escape to the forest to eat grass.
- 2. A diplomat should be yielding and supple as a creeper that can be bent but not broken.
- 3. A piece of incense may be as large as the knee, but unless burned emits no fragrance.
- 4. An upstart is a sparrow eager to marry a hornbill.
- 5. Ants die in sugar.
- 6. Anything with scales counts as a fish.
- 7. As a child, is a man wrapped in his mother's womb; as an adult, in tradition; comes death, and he is wrapped in earth.
- 8. As if it weren't bad enough to fall, the ladder lands on top of you.
- 9. Blow your horn in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cockerels; bleat in a flock of goats.
- 10. Buffaloes are held by ropes, man by his words.
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