Kenyan Proverbs

A flea can trouble a lion more than the lion can harm a flea. 

A man’s actions are more important than his ancestry. 

Affairs of the home should not be discussed in the public square. 

Blind belief is dangerous. 

He who refuses to obey cannot command. 

How easy it is to defeat people who do not kindle fire for themselves. 

If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one. 

If you receive a gift, don’t measure it. 

Never let a hyena know how well you can bite. 

Nobody walks with another man’s gait. 

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. 

There is no phrase that doesn’t have a double meaning. 

Thunder is not yet rain. 

Try this bracelet: if it fits you, wear it; but if it hurts you, throw it away no matter how much it sparkles. 

Virtue is better than wealth. 


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