Ethiopian Proverbs

A blade won’t cut another blade; a cheat won’t cheat another cheat.

A bleating sheep loses a bite.

A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

A man who is too modest goes hungry.

A mouse that wants to die goes to sniff the cat’s nose.

Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him.

Dine with a stranger, but save your love for your family.

Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing.

Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.

If you offend, ask for pardon; if offended, forgive.

The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit.

The haughty blind person picks a fight with his guide.

There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday, no one became fat because he broke a fast.

What one hopes for is always better than what one has.

When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised.


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