Popular South African Proverbs
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• Follow the customs or flee the country.

• A fool is a wise man's ladder.

• The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.

• One does not cross a river without getting wet.

• Walls have ears, and little pots too.

• The poor man's proverb is never quoted.

• You cannot fight an evil disease with sweet medicine.

• It is hunger that killed the man with many wives.

• Two wives, two pots of poison.

• Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.

• Even the most beautiful flower withers in time.

• No one drinks medicine on behalf of a sick person.

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

• The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next best time is now.
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