Popular Namibian Proverbs
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• Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.

• A bird does not forget where it lays its eggs.

• The wind does not break a tree that bends.

• Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together.

• He who hunts two rats at the same time catches none.

• Do not leave your host’s house, throwing mud in his well.

• Even the mightiest eagle comes down to the tree tops to rest.

• A stranger has big eyes but sees nothing.

• Only a medicine man gets rich by sleeping.

• One does not cross a river without getting wet.

• He who rides the horse of greed at a gallop will pull it up at the door of shame.

• A roaring lion kills no game.

• The hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.

• What you cannot see during the day, you will not see at night.

• He who is bitten by a snake fears a lizard.

• We start as fools and become wise through experience.

• A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim.
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