79 Igbo Proverbs / Page 4
61. The same rain that drenches the slave also drenches the slave driver.
62. The skunk rat can get as fat and plump as he pleases. If his whole hind leg costs one anini, I still will not buy it.
63. The world is like a goat's udder. It does not yile any milk, unless you punch and squeeze at it.
64. Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
65. What gives the child the itch has already given him the fingernails for scratching it.
66. Whatever the type of firewood found in a place, it is usually good enough for the people of that place to cook with.
67. When a drunk meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and truly mad.
68. When a drunken man meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and being truly mad.
69. When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers.
70. When a person is not as she used to be, she does not behave as she used to behave.
71. When a poor man gets a little money, his thoughts go off in ten different directions.
72. When a very short man causes the market to break up in a big fight, bystanders ask him to stand up so that they can see how short he really is.
73. When the leopard has a broken paw, the antellope comes to collect an old debt.
74. When the mother goat breaks into the yam store her kid watches her.
75. When the music stops, a deaf person continues to dance.
76. Whether it was the tenant who seduced the landlord's wife, or the landlord who seduced the tenant's wife, it is the tenant who would leave the house.
77. Whichever son is able should bury his father. The first son did not kill him.
78. While the wooden idols are tormenting me, the termites are tormenting them.
79. You may be clever but you can never lose your shadow.