Popular Nigerien Proverbs
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• A stream coming down won’t let you swim up.

• When a fowl eats your neighbor’s corn, drive it away; another time, it will eat yours.

• If you play push with the porcupine, expect to get sore hands.

• The rat cannot call the cat to account.

• A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile difficulties.

• Before starting to sing, the young bird will listen to the song of the old.

• There is no medicine against old age.

• A proverb is the horse of conversation; when the conversation lags, a proverb revives it.

• He who marries a beauty marries trouble.

• If you watch your pot, your food will not burn.

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