African proverbs are much more than artistic sayings. They symbolise real life situations in just a few words that show great meaning. Here are 10 African proverbs relating to patience.
In cultures, historically without literature, proverbs gave an understanding of cultural values and historical insights. Consisting of rhyme or clever allusions they are entertaining, historically popular and remain popular in African culture today.
1. Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. – Ibo proverb
2. At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. – African proverb
3. A patient person never misses a thing. – Swahili proverb
4. Patience puts a crown on the head. – Ugandan proverb
5. Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. – Swahili proverb
6. However long the night, the dawn will break. – African proverb
7. Patience is the key which solves all problems. – Sudanese proverb
8. Hurry, hurry has no blessings. – Swahili proverb
9. Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. – Bantu proverb
10. To run is not necessarily to arrive. – Swahili proverb
11. Patience can cook a stone. – African proverb
12. A patient man will eat ripe fruit. – African proverb
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