31 African American Proverbs
1. Ain't no use askin' the cow to pour you a glass of milk.
2. All poor people ain't black/ and all black people ain't poor.
3. Death don't see no difference 'tween the big house and the cabin.
4. Dog don't get mad when you say he's a dog.
5. Flies can't fall in a tight-closed pot.
6. Hand plow can't make furrows by itself.
7. Heaps of good cotton stocks get chopped up from association with the weeds.
8. I'm not going to lend you a stick to break my head with.
9. If you ask a Negro where he's been, he'll tell you where he's going.
10. If you want to keep something secret from black folks, put it between the covers of a book.
11. In the South they don't care how close you get, as long as you don't get too high. In the North, they don't care how high you get, as long as you don't get too close.
12. It takes a heap of licks to drive a nail in the dark.
13. It takes a heap of licks to strike a nail in the dark.
14. Jaybird don't rob his own nest.
15. Mothers raise their daughters and let their sons grow up.
16. Nothing can suffice a person except that which they have not.
17. Occasionally a man with a right smart education can't find his knife when it gets in the wrong pocket.
18. Old Satan couldn't get along without plenty of help.
19. Old used-to-do-it-this-way don't help none today.
20. Romance/ without finance/ don't stand a chance.