40 African Quotes That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Our elder’s always gives us teachings about success, failure, life, love, family  etc and those teachings are valuable.

And why shouldn’t they, these teachings comes from their life experiences and they want us to gain wisdom and avoid as much as mistakes we can in our life and become successful.

In the same way, African culture always respects their ancestor’s teachings and beliefs. They believe that ancestors teaching are valuable as treasure which if anyone follows, their life become peaceful and prosperous. These sayings have been coined more than 400 years ago by the wise ones.

I have summed up some of the best African proverbs, which will inspire you to live a great life ahead.

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List of 40 Best African Quotes To Motivate You

1. “The fool speaks, the wise man listens”

~ Ethiopian Proverb

2. “The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water”

~ Cameroon Proverb

3. “The eye never forgets what the heart has seen”

~African Proverb

4. “Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden”

~ Akan Proverb

5. “If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom”

~ African Proverb

6. “When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful”

~Ashanti Proverb

7. “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents”

~ African Proverb

8. “Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone”

~Moroccan Proverb

9. “Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases”

~ Swahili Proverb

10. “Do not look where you fell , but where you slipped”

~ African Proverb

11. “He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace”

~ African proverb

12. “You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win”

~ African Proverb

13. “By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree”

~ Buganda Proverb

14. “Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off”

~African Proverb

15. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”

~ West African Proverb

16. “A patient man will eat ripe fruit”

~ African Proverb

17. “Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far”

~ Swahili Proverb

18. “At the bottom of patience one finds heaven”

~ African Proverb

19. “He who loves, love you with your dirt”

~Uganda Proverb

20. “Where there is love, there is no darkness”

~Burundi Proverb

21. “Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right”

~Ethiopian Proverb

22. “Patience is the key which solves all problems”

~ Sudanese Proverb

23. “Do a good deed and throw it into the sea”

~Egyptian Proverb

24. “A letter from the heart can be read on the face”

~Kenya Proverb

25. “A wise man never knows all , only fool knows everything”

~African Proverb

25. “If you wish to move mountains tomorrow , you must start by lifting stones today”

 ~African Proverb

26. “What you give you get, ten times over”

~ Yoruba Proverb

27. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

~ African Proverb

28. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”

~ African Proverb

29. “Children are the reward of life”

~ African Proverb

30. “Hold a true friend with both hands”

~ African Proverb

31. “Money is sharper than the sword”

~ Ashanti Proverb

32. “Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty”

~Nigerian Proverb

33. “The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on”

~Ghanaian Proverb

34. “Patience is the mother of a beautiful child”

~Bantu Proverb

35. “It’s much easier to fall in love than to stay in love”

~ African Proverb

36. “A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character”

~Congolese Proverb

37. “It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons”

~African Proverb

38. “A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty”

~African Proverb

39. “A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries”

~ African Proverb

40. “Love has to be shown by deeds not words”

~ Swahili Proverb

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Last thing, i have a little home work for you  and i would really like to hear from you.. 

Which of the above African quotes you like the most ?

Let me know your thoughts in comments ….

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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