Popular Mozambican Proverbs
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• When the lion is crippled, the hare goes to his house for debt recovery.

• The vulture says that it has no business with the barbers.

• By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness.

• When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

• There is no elephant that complains about the weight of its trunk.

• If you fail to be a lizard in your own land, you will fail to be a crocodile in another land.

• There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree.

• Fire devours the grass, but not the roots.

• The leech that does not let go even when it is filled dies on the dry land.

• If while climbing a tree you insist on going beyond the top, the earth will be waiting for you.

• Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers.

• If the owner of the calabash calls it worthless, then the others will join him to pack it with rubbish.

• One who enters a forest does not listen to the breaking of the twigs in the brush.

• If the chicken attacks you in the morning, run first because it might have grown teeth overnight.
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