TANZANIA: Eyes watch but cannot take. The wind does not break a tree that bends. One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn't feel the cold. The mouth does not forget what it tasted only one time. I pointed out to you the moon and all you saw was the tip of my finger. If you refuse the elder's advice you will walk the whole day. Those who do not listen to the voice of the elderly are like trees without roots. Who does not know the path should ask. The youth walks faster than the elderly but the elderly knows the road. TOGO: Who has shoes does not fear thorns. The ants said: together we will be able to transport an elephant. Eggs and metal should not be put in the same sack. The heart is not a knee, it does not bend. TONGA: Friendship is a furrow in the sand. TUNISIA: Relations are scorpions. TURKEY: In every enemy that is an ant, behold an elephant. The bee stays not in a hive that has no honey. No camel route is long, with good company. Flies are caught more readily with a single drop of honey than with a cask of vinegar. The courteous one learns his courtesy from the discourteous. Fall not into the fire to avoid the smoke. The hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone, and more fragile than a rose. The mosquito is without a soul, but its whizzing vexes the soul. Remember: Two watermelons cannot be held with one arm. Even the ant has his bite. He became an infidel hesitating between two mosques. Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. A shiek's miracles are of his own telling. Many ants kill a camel. UGANDA: Do not sharpen your teeth for the things of others. Covetousness drives a person into fire. To look for something greedily befits dogs. Who can die of your poison? Drums are never beat without reason. The hyena does not refuse the rotten hide. The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook. UNITED STATES: One dead fly spoils much good ointment. A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Fine fruit will have flies about it. Like they say in Maine, a hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay. Like they say in Vermont, laws are like cobwebs where the small flies are caught and the big ones break through. The constant creeping of ants will wear away the stone. Every cider apple has a worm. A man can't get rich if he takes proper care of his family. VIETNAM: An egg today is better than a chicken tomorrow. Money can even corrupt the virtuous. After the storm the sun comes out. The bees make honey but cannot eat it. The sea-swallows build nests but cannot live in them. When a tree is cut down, a child can climb it. WESTERN SAHARA: Deny me the freedom of movement, and you deny me the right to breathe. Loving someone that does not love you is like loving the rain that falls in the forest. WEST INDIES: The jaybird doesn't rob his own nest. YUGOSLAVIA: A fishing net has a thousand knots and a thousand holes. ZAIRE: A knife does not recognise its owner. No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly. To love someone who does not love you, is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall. The sore is cured but the scar remains. (I will cover it with my Ekondan bobongo). A trial between brothers has no winners or losers. When your neighbour is wrong you point a finger, but when you are wrong you hide. It is easier to transport an ant hill than exercise authority in a village. A youth that does not cultivate friendship with the elderly is like a tree without roots. What the people think cannot be denied. Rumours generate misunderstandings. Who created thunder does not fear it. ZAMBIA: One who enters a forest does not listen to the breaking of the twigs in the brush. ZULU: The cow licks the one that licks her. The laggards often get what the swift (in the hunt) leave behind them. Slow, but sure. No man can perfectly empty a pot with a ladle.
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