191 Ethiopian Proverbs
1. "O, sheep if I do not eat you, you will eat me," said the hyena.
2. A belt fastened while running will come undone while running.
3. A bird hanging between two branches will get bitten on both wings.
4. A blade won't cut another blade; a cheat won't cheat another cheat.
5. A bleating sheep loses a bite.
6. A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
7. A close friend can become a close enemy.
8. A cow gave birth to a fire: she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child.
9. A cow gave birth to a fire; she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child.
10. A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
11. A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
12. A fool is thirsty in the midst of water.
13. A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.
14. A fool will pair an ox with an elephant.
15. A good conversation is better than a good bed.
16. A good name is better than good perfume.
17. A home without a woman is like a barn without cattle.
18. A house can't be built for the rainy season that is past.
19. A hyena intrudes through a gap a dog opened.
20. A loose tooth will not rest until it is pulled out.