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Swahili Proverbs on Acting Foolishly


Swahili proverbs
Swahili proverbs unveil real world concepts of being human in this world. African quotes on acting and thinking like a fool, the wise can learn more from a fool than a fool thinks they can learn from the wise.

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Swahili proverbs address subjects such as unity and cooperation, responsibility, conflict, obedience and disobedience, good and evil and acting foolishly.



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Swahili African Proverbs on Acting Foolishly

African Proverbs



If there is one person who is to be pitied most in life, it is the fool.




  • Foolishness precedes cleverness, cleverness follows.


  • The elephant can be tripped by creeping plant.


  • Fools may tell little lies small as a thorn but, they will grow to the size of a spear and kill you.


  • No matter how much you feed a lizard it cannot become a crocodile.


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  • The quarrelsome fool does not inherit from his relative.


  • Those who play with fire have yet to be burned.


  • A biting fly has no friends.


  • The mouth of a fool is responsible for discord among people.


  • Freshly cut firewood laughs at the one that is already burning, not knowing that the same fate will befall it.


  • The mother deprived of her wits will open her door to a hyena.


  • A falling tree will cause others to fall.



Did you know these are our favorite non African quotes about fools? 

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato 

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. - Alexander Pope 

Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn't be any fun living in it, or profit. - Josh Billings 

Arguing with a fool proves there are two. - Doris M. Smith 


There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. - Aristotle

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