Popular Béninois Proverbs
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• Before you ask a man for clothes, look at the clothes that he is wearing.

• The young cannot teach tradition to the old.

• The tortoise is friends with the snail: those with shells keep their shells close together.

• When the mouse laughs at the car, there is a hole nearby.

• What you give you get, ten times over.

• Anyone who plants a tree before they die has not lived in vain.

• Words are like spears: Once they leave your lips they can never come back.

• Silence is an attribute of the dead; he who is alive speaks

• Who throws stones at night, kills his own brother.

• There is no god like one's stomach; we must sacrifice to it every day.

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