79 Igbo Proverbs / Page 3
41. If you decide to eat a toad, you should at least select one that is big.
42. If you wish to eat a mushroom, you cannot consider what the mushroom fed on.
43. In the daytime do we chase the black goat.
44. Knowing but not telling it is what kills old men. Hearing but not heeding it is what kills young men.
45. Let the kite hawk have a perch, and let the eagle also have a perch. Whichever begrudges the other the right to perch, may he break a wing.
46. No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person's teeth.
47. One first drives off the fox, before taking the chickens home and blaming them for straying.
48. One who knows everything at times draws water with a basket.
49. Stream said that it is because it has nobody to direct it that... it goes in a zigzag way.
50. Swearing in the name of one god while at the shrine of another god.
51. The best way to eat hot soup is little by little.
52. The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day.
53. The dog said that it is better to walk behind those who have had a lot to eat, because if something doesn't come out of them one way, it is bound to come out of them another way.
54. The little puppy said: "If I fall down and roll over for you, and you fall down and roll over for me, then we are playing. However, if I fall down and roll over for you, but you do not fall down and roll over for me, then that's a fight."
55. The lizard says that he knows the condition of his underbelly. The reason he has it pressed against the ground.
56. The lizard would like to stand erect, but his tail will not permit him.
57. The mind is like a bag; everyone has one.
58. The piglet has the same type of snout as her mother.
59. The prince is never guilty in his father's court.
60. The riverside monkey is apt to be blamed for every twig found in the river.