Popular Gabonese Proverbs
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• To one who does not know, a small garden is a forest.

• A coward sweats in water.

• If the needle doesn't pass, the thread doesn't follow.

• A fool will pair an ox with an elephant.

• No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow.

• He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured.

• Wood may remain ten years in the water but it will never become a crocodile.

• The cow’s horns are not too heavy for it to carry.

• A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.

• Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him.

• What is said over the dead lion’s body cannot be said to him alive.

• One who recovers from sickness forgets about God.

• When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

• He who digs too deep for a fish may come out with a snake.

• Restless feet may walk into a snake pit.

• You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.

• If one is not in a hurry, even an egg will start walking.

• Rain does not fall on one roof alone.

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