Ghanaian Proverbs

  • Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.
  • One cannot both feast and become rich.
  • One tree cannot become a forest.
  • Money is sharper than a sword.
  • By going and coming a bird weaves its nest.
  • It is not shame at all to work for money.
  • The surface of water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on.
  • He who tests the depth of the stream with both feet must be prepared to swim.
  • If two selfish young men sit next to a pot of water, the water spills out on the ground.
  • The parrot that knows how precious its feathers are does not build its nest by the roadside.
  • Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.
  • What the cat sees and turns its eyes away from, the dog sees and barks at.
  • A lizard that knows how to hide grows to become a crocodile.
  • The chicken is never declared in the court of hawks.
  • The goat says: “They bought my mother, not I”.
  • When you are sitting in your own house, you don’t lean anything. You must get out of your house to learn.
  • The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.
  • The wise is spoken to in proverbs, not plain language.
  • Let not what you cannot do deter you from what you can do.
  • A child who asks questions does not become a fool.
  • It is the fool whose own tomatoes are sold to him.
  • Do not follow the path, go where there is not path to begin a trail.
  • The chicken also knows when it’s morning, but still watches the mouth of the cock.
  • It is the calm and silent water that downs a man.
  • Although the snake does not fly it catches the bird whose home is in the sky.
  • However long a log stays in the water it will never become a crocodile.
  • Hate has no medicine.
  • Rain beats a leopard’s skin, but it does not wash out the spots.
  • If you want someone more knowledgeable than yourself to identify a bird you do not first remove the feathers.
  • Knowledge is like a baobab tree; no one can encompass it with their hands.
  • Nobody can prepare for harmattan by drinking plenty of water.
  • One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.