Things Fall Apart~ African Proverbs

Paydon Shoaf

You can tell a ripe corn by its look

~ You can tell if a person is good just by looking at them                                                                                                 ~ You can always judge a book by its cover

When a mother-cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth

~ A person learns from what they see                                                                                                   ~Watch and learn

When a man says yes his chi says yes also

~ If you think positive you will succeed                                                                                                                        ~ Always be positive

If a child washes his hands he can eat with the kings

~ If a child does the right thing he gets what he deserves                                                                                          ~ Always do the right thing and you will get honor

A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride

~ If you are proud there is nothing to take that away from you not even if you failed at something                                                                                                                                                    ~Try try again even if you fail the first time