Popular Malian Proverbs
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• When the slave-trader preaches the Koran, it’s time to watch over one’s daughters.

• A man with too much ambition cannot sleep in peace.

• It is from a tiny seed that the biggest tree was born.

• A village without a leader is destroyed by a single enemy.

• A canoe does not know who the leader is; when it turns over, everyone gets wet.

• A leader is a donkey for others to ride.

• The bee forced into a beehive will not make any honey.

• A deaf man may not have heard the thunder but he surely will see the rain.

• A woman who offers sex to everyone will get kicked by everyone.

• A piece of wood can sit in the water many years, but it won’t become a crocodile.

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