Popular Mauritian Proverbs
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• When a leader changes mood, followers change the place of their abode.

• A hen cannot lay eggs and hatch them in the same day.

• What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes.

• The cleverness of one alone is a shallow well that soon dries up.

• The chameleon looks in all directions before moving.

• When a ship is broken (wrecked), the accident does not prevent others from sailing.

• Monkey never watches his own tail ; he watches his neighbor s.

• The goat s business is not the sheep s affair.

• When a frog lies on its back, it means something has happened to it.

• The snake says he doesn t hate the person who kills him, but the one who calls out, Look at the snake !

• You do not give a hyena meat to watch over.

• When the tropic-bird screams overhead, a storm-wind is coming.

• Monkey laughs when the snail dances.

• When the cock crows before the door, somebody is coming.

• The cow that bellows does so for all cows.

• Rulers are like hills; when darkness falls, they all speak alike.
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