Proverbs from Ghana
- A child who asks questions does not become a fool.
- Knowledge is like a baobab tree; no one can encompass it with their hands.
- Let not what you cannot do tear you from what you can do.
- You must act as if it is impossible to fail.
- The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.
- Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.
- Do not follow the path. Go where there is no path to begin a trail.
- If you are on the road to nowhere, find another road.
- When you are sitting in your own house, you don’t learn anything. You must get out of your house to learn.
- It is a child who has never traveled who says that only his mother prepares tasty meals.
- If you’ve not been on someone else’s farm, you cannot say that you’re the only true farmer.
- Nobody can prepare for the harmattan* by drinking plenty of water.
- It is the human being that counts. I call gold; it does not answer. I call cloth; it does not answer. It is the human being that counts.
Compiled with help from Max Amoh and Vera Johnson
*Harmattan is the season of the dry wind that comes from the desert.