63 Malawian Proverbs
1. A deer tethered with a golden chain can escape to the forest to eat grass.
2. A diplomat should be yielding and supple as a creeper that can be bent but not broken.
3. A piece of incense may be as large as the knee, but unless burned emits no fragrance.
4. An upstart is a sparrow eager to marry a hornbill.
5. Ants die in sugar.
6. Anything with scales counts as a fish.
7. As a child, is a man wrapped in his mother's womb; as an adult, in tradition; comes death, and he is wrapped in earth.
8. As if it weren't bad enough to fall, the ladder lands on top of you.
9. Blow your horn in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cockerels; bleat in a flock of goats.
10. Buffaloes are held by ropes, man by his words.
11. Clapping with the right hand only will not make a noise.
12. Crabs teach their offspring to walk straight.
13. Crime leaves a trail like a water beetle; like a snail, it leaves its silver track; like a horse-mango, it leaves its smell.
14. Do not be like the mosquito that bites the owner of the house.
15. Don't dirty the place where you have eaten.
16. Don't teach the tiger cub to eat meat.
17. Don't think back on someone whose name you forgot, he is probably someone else by now.
18. Don't think there are no crocodiles just because the water's calm.
19. Don't use an axe to do embroidery.
20. Every joy will follow in grief's footsteps.