79 Igbo Proverbs / Page 2
21. A snake that swallows his friend will have a tail sticking out of his mouth.
22. A snake that swallows its neighbor will have a tail sticking out of its mouth.
23. A travelled child knows better than the old man who sits at home.
24. A wayward woman is like the weaver bird. She uses her perch on one tree to scout other trees.
25. A woman who needs to borrow a calabash cannot count on going early to the stream.
26. All you can tell about a big belly is that the owner has had a lot to eat, not what he had to eat.
27. An udara fruit that falls by the roadside must want to be picked up and eaten.
28. An udara fruit that falls on the side of the road is asking to be eaten.
29. At whatever age a child gets a problem, at the same age she has to shoulder the responsibility.
30. Bump-thump-scratch. It's all on a big man's skin.
31. Criticism of the brave is behind his back.
32. Dancing the drum will be done where the drum is.
33. Do not argue with a fool, for people will not be able to tell between the two of you.
34. Dog eats excreta, but goat gets rotten teeth.
35. Everyone cut the grass. Cut the grass. Let no one call the others 'Prisoners'.
36. God swats flies for an animal that has no tail.
37. He who spits towards the sky is spitting on his face.
38. If a baby crawls up to me and pinches me, I will get on my knees and pinch him back.
39. If a young man is not prudent in seeking what killed his father, what killed his father may also kill him.
40. If the kernels are not finished, the jaw will not rest.