26 Tahitian Proverbs
1. A single roll of taro top is delicious if seasoned with affection.
2. Catch the bird but watch for the wave.
3. Every man is the builder of his own hut.
4. Goods given make quicker return than goods held.
5. He is not wise who places a stones on his own roof.
6. If dolphins swim toward Hilo, the sea will be calm; if the dolphins swim toward Ka'u, the ocean will be rough.
7. If you aim your spear at two fish, both will escape.
8. Ignorance doesn't kill you, but it will make you sweat a lot.
9. In language there is life, in language there is death.
10. In the end, the well being of the pono, will be in the hands of the commoner.
11. It is never too late to give to those who do not have.
12. Never fear the sea, fear the storm.
13. Obstinacy is the first diversion of Huahine.
14. That we may all our foes destroy.
15. The canoe ride is pleasant when the paddler is skilled.
16. The coral waxes, the palm grows, but man departs.
17. The land is a chief, and a person is its lowly servant.
18. The life of the land is the life of the people.
19. The older a man gets, the larger the waves become.
20. The well trodden path is not always the right path.