130 Malagasy Proverbs / Page 2
21. Cross in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.
22. Cross the river among a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.
23. Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.
24. Crosses are ladders which lead to heaven.
25. Crows are black everywhere.
26. Crows are never the whiter for washing themselves.
27. Crows bewail the dead sheep, and then eat them.
28. Debts make the thief.
29. Disgraced like a man whose own pet bites him.
30. Distracted by what is far away, he does not see his nose.
31. Divorce a young woman and you make another man happy.
32. Do not be like a miser who saves for those who will bury him.
33. Do not boast about your wealth if you are a father.
34. Do not kick away the canoe which helped you to cross the river.
35. Do not measure up the wood before the tree is cut down.
36. Do not scare the birds you are going to shoot.
37. Do not treat your loved one like a swinging door: you are fond of it but you push it back and forth.
38. Do not waste your time looking for soft ground to drive your spade in.
39. Don't be like a shadow: a constant companion, but not a comrade.
40. Don't be so much in love that you can't tell when it's raining.