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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes

Kenyan African proverbs on the virtues of discerning what is true and wise and avoiding stupid mistakes; being wise is different from being smart. Being wise can save you needless unhappiness and negativity in life.



Wise Maasai elder of KenyaWhat was withheld as a secret thought will come out through a slip of the tongue.


You do not benefit from a lie, a lier does not benefit from another lier.


The plan kills; the weapon only does the deed.


However long it may grow, the neck will never surpass the head.


A climbing plant with tendrils cannot grow on its own without the support of a tree.


Maasai of Kenya mother and child
One should either become a pillar or lean against one.



A distant shelter does not shield one from cold.


A wise man plans for tomorrow, a fool plans only for today.


Without patience we cannot reach an honorable position.




Proverbs credited and collected by Angelica Chelo and Benon Chelo in memoriam of Calvin Chelo

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