55 African proverbs reflecting the wisdom of the ancients

55 African ProverbsThere’s a world of wisdom reflected in all those common sayings we tend to take for granted. Take a look around the world and it’s not hard to find wisdom wherever you go. So today I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some African proverbs.

I’ve curated 55 proverbs credited with originating from various parts of Africa and I thought many of them were truly inspirational.

Take a look at them all and see what you think. See how many of them you can work into your conversations with people over the next few days.

African Proverbs (1-20):

  1. He who learns teaches.
  2. A tree is known for its fruit.
  3. A man’s ruin lies in his tongue.
  4. It’s not work that kills but worry.
  5. A thief does not like to be robbed.
  6. Rising early makes the road short.
  7. Hold a true friend with both hands.
  8. Seeing is different from being told.
  9. He who forgives ends the argument.
  10. Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.
  11. A horse has four legs, yet it often falls.
  12. The fool speaks. The wise man listens.
  13. A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
  14. God is good but never dance with a lion.
  15. He who refuses to obey cannot command.
  16. Peace is costly but it’s worth the expense.
  17. A lie has many variations, the truth none.
  18. Examine what is said, not who is speaking.
  19. However long the night, the dawn will break.
  20. The teeth that laugh are also those that bite.

55 African ProverbsAfrican Proverbs (21-40):

  1. When spiders’ webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
  2. Not to know is bad. Not to wish to know is worse.
  3. If you’re not going to bite, don’t show your teeth.
  4. One who truly loves you loves you with your dirt.
  5. If you think education is expensive try ignorance.
  6. It’s the calm and silent water that drowns a man.
  7. If you and a fool have an argument, he succeeds.
  8. Do not try to fight a lion if you’re not one yourself.
  9. If you want to know the end, look at the beginning.
  10. Ashes fly back into the face of he who throws them.
  11. When an old man dies a library burns to the ground.
  12. For the beauty of the rose, we also water the thorns.
  13. Never beat a snake when you haven’t seen its head.
  14. The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.
  15. Character is like pregnancy, it cannot be hidden forever.
  16. A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
  17. A friend who frowns is better than an enemy who smiles.
  18. If you’re filled with pride, you’ll have no room for wisdom.
  19. When the mouse laughs at the cat, there’s a hole nearby.
  20. As you do for your ancestors, your children will do for you.

55 African ProverbsAfrican Proverbs (41-55):

  1. A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting.
  2. When the roots are deep there’s no reason to fear the wind.
  3. The rain wets the leopard’s spots but does not wash them off.
  4. Those who pray for rain should be ready to deal with the mud.
  5. Every closed eye is not sleeping and every open eye is not seeing.
  6. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
  7. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
  8. A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.
  9. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.
  10. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
  11. The man may be the head of the home but his wife is the heart of the home.
  12. True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge it’s an awakening of consciousness.
  13. People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
  14. A family is like a forest. When you’re outside, it’s dense. When you’re inside you see that each tree has its place.
  15. You can out-distance that which is running after you, but you cannot out-distance that which is running inside you.

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25 corny puns that’ll make you smile or make you cringe

25 Corny PunsDo you like corny puns, dear reader? I hope so because I’ve pulled together 25 of them for you. They’ll make you smile or make you cringe but either way, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the clever wordplay.

So sit back and take a few minutes to enjoy them all.

Corny Puns:

  1. Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.
  2. What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
  3. Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.
  4. Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm.
  5. If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.
  6. Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on.
  7. A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.
  8. I lost my job as a stage designer. I left without making a scene.
  9. Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.
  10. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.
  11. I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.
  12. My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’. It’s a cover band.
  13. I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it.
  14. Why is ‘dark’ spelt with a k and not c? Because you can’t see in the dark.
  15. Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Well, time will tell.
  16. When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, they gave me a blank stare.
  17. Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.”
  18. Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence.
  19. Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering.
  20. I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
  21. I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won’t lie, it was a rocky road.
  22. What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
  23. I went to the toy store and asked the assistant where the Schwarznegger dolls are and he replied, “Aisle B, back.”
  24. What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up their own incision? Suture self.
  25. I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness.

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27 corny but funny puns to raise a smile or two

27 Funny PunsIf you like funny puns then I’ve put together a batch of very corny ones in the hope it will raise a smile or two. They all made me smile but for me the cornier the pun the better.

I hope you enjoy them all dear reader.

Funny puns:   

  1. Odourless chemicals just don’t make scents.
  2. I love how the Earth rotates. It really makes my day.
  3. I was working in a glue factory, but I couldn’t stick with it.
  4. Surely writing with a broken pencil is pointless.
  5. The cost of the space program is astronomical.
  6. I was inconsolable when my PlayStation was stolen.
  7. Our office defibrillator didn’t work. Nobody was shocked.
  8. I googled “how to start a fire” and got 869,000 matches.
  9. Did you hear about the fire at the circus? It was in tents!
  10. I used to be a history teacher, but there’s no future in it.
  11. How’s my long-distance relationship going? So far, so good.
  12. I canceled my gym membership because it wasn’t working out.
  13. Waking up this morning was an eye-opening experience.
  14. I felt lonely, so I bought some shares. It’s nicer to have some company.
  15. If you’re thinking about singing karaoke with a friend, just duet.
  16. To whoever stole my antidepressants, I hope you’re happy now.
  17. I wanted to be an astronaut but my parents told me the sky was the limit. 
  18. I sued the airport for mislaying my baggage, but I lost my case.
  19. There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator, and only a fraction of people will find that funny.
  20. I get really claustrophobic in elevators, so I’ve started taking steps to avoid it.
  21. Tennis players have a hard time in relationships because love means nothing to them.
  22. What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter!
  23. A rubber band slingshot was confiscated in an algebra class for being a weapon of math disruption.
  24. What’s the difference between a nicely dressed man on a tricycle and a poorly dressed man on a bicycle? A tire. 
  25. The thing about shopping centers is that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen a mall.
  26. My housemate told me to take the spider out instead of killing it. We went out and had some drinks. Cool guy. Wants to be a web developer.
  27. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, the nurse replied “No change yet.”

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25 funny quotes about life guaranteed to make you smile

funny quotes about lifeToday I’m in a philosophical mood, so I thought I’d explore some funny quotes about life. This batch all made me smile and they’re guaranteed to make you smile too.

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Funny quotes about life:

  1. A wise man once said nothing.
  2. Life’s like ice cream. You must enjoy it before it melts.
  3. Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.
  4. Life’s not a fairy tale. If you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re drunk.
  5. I made a large ‘to list’ for today. I just can’t figure out who’s going to do it all.
  6. Borrow money from pessimists. They don’t expect it back.
  7. I know what’s around the corner. I just don’t know where the corner is.
  8. You need three bones to succeed in life. A backbone, a wishbone, and a funny bone.
  9. Life’s hard but it’s even harder if you’re stupid.
  10. Behind every great man, there’s a woman rolling her eyes.
  11. Life can be summed up in three words. It goes on.
  12. Stressed spelled backward is desserts. Coincidence? I think not.
  13. Life can be a handful. That’s why you’ve got two hands.
  14. Revenge sounds so mean. Better just to think of it as returning the favor.
  15. Life was easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits.
  16. There are three things a woman needs in life. Food, water, and compliments.
  17. Life’s short. Smile while you still have teeth.
  18. You may call them swear words but to me they’re just sentence enhancers.
  19. Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never seem to use it.
  20. They say you attract what you fear. Well $10 million scares the life out of me.
  21. You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.
  22. You never know how much you’ve got in life, until you decide to de-clutter your house.
  23. Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.
  24. Dear life, when I said, “Can this day get any worse?” it was a rhetorical question not a challenge.
  25. During the day I don’t believe in ghosts. When I hear a strange noise in the middle of the night I’m more open-minded.

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10 of the best quotes of wisdom that’ll make you think

Best quotes of wisdomDear Reader, If you’ve been searching for the best quotes of wisdom, then look no further.  Today I have some real gems for you.

We all need a little inspiration each day, don’t we?

So today I offer you 10 of the best quotes of wisdom to really get you thinking. Enjoy them all.

Best quotes of wisdom:

  1. You can’t argue with stupid
  2. Old ways don’t open new doors
  3. Wisdom is knowing you know nothing
  4. Happiness equals reality minus expectations
  5. Follow your heart but take your brain with you
  6. No response is a response and a powerful one
  7. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do
  8. Judge people by their questions, not their answers
  9. What you tell yourself daily will lift you up or bring you down
  10. You can’t judge someone unless you’ve walked two miles in their shoes

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101 of the best mottos for life to inspire you

Best mottos for lifeIf you’ve been searching for the best mottos for life then there are some really great ones here for you today, dear reader.

Take a few moments to be inspired by them all and see how many of them you can work into conversations over the next week or two.

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Best mottos for life (1-20):

  1. We live by our wits. 
  2. Someday never comes.
  3. Act in haste; repent at leisure. 
  4. Character is forged in adversity.
  5. Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
  6. Life will be as good as you make it. 
  7. Nothing will change unless you do.
  8. If it’s in the past, just leave it there.
  9. It’s not death we fear, it’s suffering.
  10. You never know who’s watching you.
  11. To survive we must all sell something. 
  12. Prejudice is the ugly side of insecurity. 
  13. Never be afraid to sing your own song.
  14. Calm waters don’t make skilled sailors.
  15. Never underestimate the power of fear. 
  16. Reward without effort is not sustainable.
  17. It’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.
  18. You’ll be a long time dead, so live life now.
  19. The price of fame is the erosion of freedom.
  20. If you can serve the many, riches will follow.

Best mottos for life (21-40):

  1. The once unthinkable can become thinkable.
  2. When you see crazy coming, cross the street.
  3. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  4. A sense of purpose is intrinsic to our happiness.
  5. Prosperity results from enterprise and hard work. 
  6. Judge people by what they do, not what they say.
  7. Businesses don’t provide great service, people do.
  8. Being busy is not the same thing as adding value. 
  9. It’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape. 
  10. Be the right person, and you’ll find the right person. 
  11. Ignore what others think, for they rarely think at all.
  12. Enjoy today because tomorrow’s promised to no one. 
  13. Politics is guided more by pragmatism than principle.
  14. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference.
  15. Mistakes serve as invaluable lessons we don’t forget. 
  16. Wealth comes from what you do with what you earn. 
  17. The clutter that now fills your home was once money.
  18. When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. 
  19. Who will watch the watchmen? We must do it ourselves. 
  20. The future has yet to be written but you’ve got the pen.

 Best mottos for life (41-60):

  1. We must all work to live but we must never live to work.  
  2. Being imperfect is the one thing we all have in common.
  3. Don’t treat yourself as an afterthought. You matter too.
  4. You cannot save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. 
  5. Good intentions mean nothing if we fail to deliver results.
  6. Just because they seem nice, doesn’t mean they are nice.
  7. Silenced voices are not the same as hearts and minds won. 
  8. No amount of negative thinking will ever make you happier. 
  9. I’ll decide who I am. I won’t be pigeonholed by other people.
  10. To conquer and subdue a people, first, you must divide them.
  11. Every day can be a good day if you choose to see it that way. 
  12. Everyone sees things within the limits of their own perception. 
  13. Don’t settle for anything less than what you really want in life. 
  14. If you’ve got skills that are in demand, you’ll always have work. 
  15. No two people experience exactly the same journey through life.
  16. Follow your heart for none of us know what tomorrow may bring.
  17. Never judge anyone until you’ve walked two miles in their shoes.
  18. Our deepest fear is that we’re inadequate and we’ll be found out. 
  19. The part of your life that really matters is between now and dead. 
  20. What’s obvious to you is not necessarily obvious to someone else. 

Best mottos for life (61-80):

  1. You’ll never please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.
  2. You’re not what you’ve done; you’re what you’ve had to overcome. 
  3. Don’t settle for a life you’re given. Work hard for the life you want.
  4. We have to deal with the world as it is and not as we’d like it to be. 
  5. Don’t do unto others that which you wouldn’t want done unto you. 
  6. Life’s real priorities are a roof over your head and food on the table.
  7. No politician has the power to improve your life. That’s for you to do. 
  8. Government debt is simply a form of taxation on future generations. 
  9. If you want to succeed then first you must believe you can succeed. 
  10. In a crowded market, fitting in is not an option. You must stand out. 
  11. If the price of anything is your peace of mind then it’s too expensive. 
  12. What you’re paid right now is not the limit of your earning potential. 
  13. You don’t need qualifications or a college degree to make an impact. 
  14. Take a look at your job and ask yourself, “What am I becoming here?”
  15. The uncritical embrace of fashionable dogma is the folly of our times.
  16. Humour and charm are potent assets if you’re lucky enough to them. 
  17. What you nearly did means nothing. It’s what you’ve done that counts. 
  18. If change is to happen, you must first decide that change is necessary. 
  19. Your life experiences will be dictated by what you’re willing to settle for.  
  20. You’ll never get rich unless you master the art of paying yourself first. 

Best mottos for life (81-101):

  1. Do what you do best. Add real value and over time you’ll get noticed. 
  2. Never, ever think youre not good enough. Youre as good as anyone.
  3. When it comes to temptation, the easiest one to resist is the first one. 
  4. For everything there’s a price and that price must always be paid first. 
  5. Money’s not important but it’s up there with oxygen for sustaining life.
  6. Your attention is valuable, so it has a price. Don’t give it away cheaply.
  7. You’ll never get anywhere unless you’re determined to get somewhere. 
  8. The best way to learn is on the job. Nothing beats hands-on experience. 
  9. Never let anyone dull your sparkle. You were put on this earth to shine.
  10. No lesson’s more powerful than lessons learned from mistakes we make.
  11. Once you recognise you’re being used, you’re a fool if you let it carry on.
  12. Your circumstances do not dictate your life experiences, your choices do. 
  13. If you want your kids to be happy, presence matters more than presents.
  14. Life’s too short to waste any of it arguing with strangers on social media. 
  15. There are people who get off on being deeply unpleasant to other people. 
  16. Time is our most precious resource, yet we often give it away so cheaply. 
  17. You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
  18. A good relationship requires compromise but never requires self-sacrifice. 
  19. People will always have problems needing solutions. That’s an opportunity.
  20. You’re younger today than you’ll ever be again. Make the most of life now.
  21. Don’t let your mouth overload your back. It’s perfectly reasonable to say no.

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