Kikuyu Proverbs of Kenya


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A word in the heart does not win.

Two waterfalls do not hear each other.

A fool has many days.

An elder can be advised but never insulted.

An elephant is not overpowered by its tusks.

Cooked food is not sold for goats.

He who does not know one thing knows another.

He who refuses to obey cannot command.

If one is roasting two potatoes, one of them is bound to get charred.

If you rattle a snake, you should be prepared to be bitten by it.

One finger does not kill a louse.

One who relates with a corrupt person likewise gets corrupted.

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.

Rich people cook their food in a potsherd.

Rich people sometimes eat bad food.

That which has been mutually agreed upon does not bring about disputes.

The chaser and the one who is chased get tired.

The food eaten first lasts longest in the stomach.

The food found Wacu in the field.

The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly.

The man may be the head of the home but the wife is the heart.

The one chased away with a club comes back, but the one chased away with kihooto [reason] does not.

Two guests cannot be entertained satisfactorily at the same time.

We speak in proverbs; he who is intelligent will understand.

A bug grows up in dry wood, and yet comes to maturity.

War is not porridge.

When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it.


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