4 African Proverbs That Will Inspire You

African proverbs are known to convey diverse lessons and truths of life. Some come from specific tribes within countries while others’ sources are unknown but simply referred to as “African proverbs.”

Here are 4 African proverbs from around the continent. We hope they give some streaks of inspiring light to brighten your day.


1. Don’t set sail using someone else’s star.

Meaning: Just because someone is successful at what they do, does not mean you should do the same thing and expect to be successful. Avoid copying someone else.


2. A roaring lion kills no game.

Meaning: You cannot get anything done by sitting around lazily and just talking about it. Be about it. Be about the action!


3. If a child washes his hands, he could eat with kings.

Meaning: Let opportunities meet you prepared. If you prepare yourself ahead of an opportunity, when it comes, you will benefit immensely from it.


4. Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by and is no more.

Meaning: Life is short. Live fully without limits.

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