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Things Fall Apart Proverbs. Emily Boesch and Emily Argabright. Emily Boesch. Proverb Definition. Short popular saying that expresses some commonplace truth or useful thought. Emily Argabright.

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things fall apart proverbs

Things Fall ApartProverbs

Emily Boesch and Emily Argabright

Emily Boesch

proverb definition
Proverb Definition
  • Short popular saying that expresses some commonplace truth or useful thought

Emily Argabright


“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.”

A person should show respect and honor to others in order to become honorable himself.

Emily Boesch


“The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.”

Hard work is something that no one can take away from you. Even if no one else recognizes your work, you still know what you’ve achieved.

Emily Boesch


“An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.”

It makes a person uncomfortable when dead relatives are mentioned in jokes and proverbs.

Emily Boesch


“Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.”

Even if one has been shown compassion and has had favors done for them, they should not forget to be humble and modest.

Emily Boesch

african proverbs
African Proverbs

Emily Boesch


The people to whom things belong are the same people who are greedy.

It is those who have many possessions that are insatiable, not those who have nothing. Material items do not relieve a thirst for stuff; they increase it.

Emily Boesch


One hand does not catch a buffalo.

A large task cannot be completed alone.

Emily Boesch


A stupid cow leads her calf near the road.

Only a fool does not know how to protect their child from danger.

Emily Boesch


You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.

The earth is affected by everyone’s actions. The state of the earth that you leave will be the earth that your children will live on.

Emily Boesch

works cited
Works Cited
  • Wanyoike, Sam. African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories. CNETGlobal Inc., Mar 23, 2011. Web. 23 Mar 2011. <>.

Emily Argabright