things fall apart proverbs

“Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten” Everything in life should be centered on a proverb, go with a proverb
“If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings” (Chapter 1). Anyone could have potential success if they try hard enough
“Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them” (Chapter 1). People who are a bigger person and eager will get better outcomes than the people who hold back
“When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for walk”(Chapter 2). represents a belief in the protective quality of moonlight in contrast with the fear of the darkness
“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness” (Chapter 3). If you do good, then good will come to you
“Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too. If one says no to other, let his wing break” (Chapter 3). Let everyone, both the weak and the powerful, be equal here. If someone acts superior, let bad luck befall them
“A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing” (Chapter 3). Everything happens for a reason
“An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb” (Chapter 3). means that someone who has a problem with something cannot easily laugh it off or take it lightly
“The lizard that jumped from high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did” (Chapter 3). Taking responsibility for your actions
“Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching” (Chapter 3). People will learn your habits and try to outsmart you, but there is an easy way to outsmart them
“You can tell a ripe corn by its look” (Chapter 3). You can tell when someone is mature and responsible
“A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride” (Chapter 3). Let your achievements mean more to you than your failures, your achievements will outweigh your failures. Misery loves company
“Looking at a king’s mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast” (Chapter 4). the kings words are powerful and grew up strong and didn’t get characteristics of being a women
“Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble” (Chapter 4). People who are blessed with luck by gods should be humble and not criticize other people. They shouldn’t think they are better just because they have better luck
“When a man says yes his chi says yes also” (Chapter 4). A man and his personal god will say yes to everything
“They called him the little bird nza who so far forgot himself after a heavy meal that he challenged his chi” (Chapter 4). So prideful that you could challenge your own luck
“A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm” (Chapter 8). Parents will take care of their children and children obeying their mother will not get punished
“When mother-cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth” (Chapter 8). Children learn a lot from their mothers
“A baby on its mother’s back does not know the way is long” (Chapter 11). If you rely on others to get you somewhere in life then you will never get the full experience
“If one finger brought oil it soiled the others” (Chapter 13). One person’s actions may lead to the downfall of a bigger issue or place
“Never kill a man who says nothing” (Chapter 15). Don’t hurt someone who is harmless
“There is nothing to fear from someone who shouts” (Chapter 15). All they will do is shout, they will never take action, so don’t worry
“Living fire begets cold, impotent ash” (Chapter 16). All goods things come to an end
“A child can not pay for its mother’s milk” (Chapter 19). Children shouldn’t have to repay their parents for raising them
“As a man dance(s) so the drums (are) beaten for him” (Chapter 22). Man moves to the beating of his own rhythm which may be fast or slow at times
“Men have learned to shoot without missing their mark and I have learned to fly without perching on a twig” (Chapter 24). Men will find a new way to improve themselves but we have outsmarted them
“Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, know that something is after its life” (Chapter 24). It is unusual and should be looking for and watching out for what’s going after it.

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