200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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African Proverbs on Beauty

125. One who plants grapes by the roadside, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

126. Beautiful from behind, ugly in front. ~ Uganda Proverb

127. The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~ Baluba proverb

128. Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~ Nigerian Proverb

129. A beautiful one hurts the heart. ~ African Proverb

130. Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. ~ Yoruba Proverb

131. The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

132. If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~ Nigerian Proverb

133. You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty. ~ Congolese Proverb

134. The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~ Ganda Proverb

135. Having beauty doesn’t mean understanding the perseverance of marriage. ~ African Proverb

136. You are beautiful because of your possessions. ~ Baguirmi Proverb

137. Every woman is beautiful until she speaks. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

138. Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. ~ Moroccan Proverb

139. A beautiful thing is never perfect. ~ Egyptian Proverb

140. Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu Proverb

141. There is no beauty but the beauty of action. ~ Moroccan Proverb

142. Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you. ~ African Proverb

143. A pretty face and fine clothes do not make the character. ~ Congolese Proverb

144. Youth is beauty, even in cattle. ~ Egyptian Proverb

145. A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~ Congolese Proverb

146. It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. ~ African Proverb

147. The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~ Zulu Proverb

148. It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~ African Proverb

149. A woman who pursues a man for sex loses her spiritual beauty. ~ African Proverb

150. A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ~ African Proverb

151. The cook does not have to be a beautiful woman. ~ Shona Proverb

152. Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. ~ Botswana Proverb

153. She is beautiful; she has love, understands; she respects herself and others; everyone likes loves, and honors her; she is a goddess. ~ African Proverb

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154. There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest. ~ African Proverb

155. Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~ Egyptian Proverb

156. An ugly child of your own is more to you than a beautiful one belonging to your neighbor. ~ Ganda Proverb

157. Even the colors of a chameleon are for survival not beauty. ~ African Proverb

158. Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald, yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ~ Egyptian Proverb

159. When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers. ~ Igbo Proverb

160. A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. ~ African Proverb

161. There are many colorful flowers on the path of life, but the prettiest have the sharpest thorns. ~ African Proverb

162. He who marries a beauty marries trouble. ~ Nigerian Proverb

163. Despite the beauty of the moon, sun, and the stars, the sky also has a threatening thunder and striking lightning. ~ African Proverb

164. Getting only a beautiful woman is like planting a vine on the roadside everyone feeds on it. ~ African Proverb

165. Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone. ~ Nigerian Proverb

166. Roosters’ tail feathers: pretty but always behind. ~ Malagasy Proverb

167. Beauty is not sold and eaten. ~ Nigerian Proverb

168. She is like a road – pretty, but crooked. ~ Cameroonian Proverb

169. Why they like an ugly person takes long for a beautiful person to know. ~ African Proverb

170. If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss Next Year” even more so. ~ Nigerian Proverb

171. The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one to admire it. ~ African Proverb

7 thoughts on “200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings”

  1. Add up this from Somalia
    No man gets stupefied by the stone he threw.
    Meaning that no one gets shocked by the consequences of his past deeds.

  2. Some needed to be interpreted, but most gave new zing to some old sayings we know from different contexts. Fun to hear truth in a new way to make it fresh.

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