African Proverbs and Various Quotes

 THE AFRICAN PROVERBS ARE FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE. (Manashantii’s favourite proverbs and quotes)

We are all disabled. It is just that, for some of us, our disabilities are invisible. Life isn’t about overcoming disability: it’s about making disability not a cause of isolation but an invitation to friendship – with one another and with God. Reverend Dr. Sam Wells  (Vicar of St. Martins in the fields. London U.K.)

What is wrong with the world is that people are either insufficiently educated or insufficiently governed. Dr.Voddie Baucham

Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realiising that everyone has a different question paper ! Origin unknown

Always believe in yourself, shine a light from your highest dream. Always believe in yourself, keep your innerchild alive, keep your innerchild alive…Shanice

 I hear babies cry…… I watch them grow They’ll learn much more…..than Ill never know     And I think to myself …..what a wonderful world. What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong

 Signs and symbols control the world, not phrases and laws. Confucius

 And I choose to be the best that I can be, I choose to be authentic in everything I do, My past don’t dictate who I am, I choose yeah. India. Arie =I choose

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ From the Book of John 15v12 and John 13 v34

 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Jesus Christ  book of Matthew 5v44

To experience joy, feel your sadness. March 6th- Awakening-A daily guide to conscious living. Shakti Gawain.

To experience love, you must feel your own  a lot afraid of anger !) to help you learn safe,constructive ways to experience and express anger. Underneath anger, there is always some way you’ve been hurt or some way you’ve given your power away.When you uncover and express the hurt,the healing can take place.When you learn to assert your needs and feelings directly,you’ll feel less anger. Eventually , you will feel love and compassion toward the person you were angry at. Our natural state is love when it is not blocked by repressed emotions. Our spirits automatically feel love.When we embrace and make peace with our own feelings, we will recognise the being in others and feel love for them. I am learning to feel and express my anger appropriately and constructively.  March 8th  Awakening Adaily guide to conscious living. Shakti Gawain.                                                                                                                                                                               

Your Joy is your sorrow unmasked.And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being ,the more joy you can contain.Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit,the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous,look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.When you are sorrowful look again in your heart ,and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say ” Joy is greater than sorrow” and others say “Nay ,sorrow is the greater” But I say unto you ,they are inseparable.Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.When the treasure -keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and silver, needs must your joy or sorrow rise or fall. Kahlil Gibran -The prophet.

Anyone can be angry- that is easy, but to be angry with the right person to the right degree,at the right time, for the right purpose in the right way-this is not easy. Aristotle

 War war is stupid,And people are stupid,And love means nothing,In some strange quarters. The War song by Culture Club.

We are awakened through poetry, we are affirmed through ritual, we are fulfilled through music. Confucius

To understand how any society functions (Manashantii) =OR (to understand how any nation of people function) we must look at the relationships between the men and the women.  Angela ( Yvonne)  Davis.

We have to talk about liberating minds, as well as liberating society. Angela (Yvonne) Davis.

To educate a woman is to educate and liberate a nation. Malcolm X (Little) (Malik Omowale El Shabazz)

Only those who have already experienced a revolution within themselves can reach out effectively to help others. Malcolm X (Little) (Malik Omowale El Shabazz )

If you can judge a wise man by the colour of his skin,then mister you’re a better man than I. Aerosmith, Living on the edge.

If you get up and you quarrel everyday you are saying prayers to the devil I say…..Make way for the positive day. Bob Marley.Lyrics from “Positive vibration”.

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery no one but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley. Lyrics from “Redemption song”.

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde.

The family member who hates you will always love you more than the friend who claims to love you.Akan (Ashanti) proverb (Ghana) 

Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunter shall always glorify the hunter. Igbo proverb.

If we stand tall today, it is because we stood on the shoulders of many ancestors. Akan and Yoruba Proverb. Translated by Manashantii

May my outer head not rule my inner head. Yoruba proverb.

 For no man can be blessed without the acceptance of his own head. Yoruba proverb.

 Where you sit when you are old, shows were you stood in youth. Yoruba proverb.

 You must live within your sacred truth. Hausa proverb.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. Maori proverb

A shining gemstone is never polished without friction,nor is being realised (enlightenment) without trials. Chinese proverb.

The (nature of the human) human person is truly born a beast,it is only our nurturing that can develop us to become civilised and humane. Akan /Ghanaian proverb. Translated by Manashantii

A family’s previous ancestral nurturing, plays a part in the design of the child of today’s personality. Ghanaian proverb.Translated by Manashantii

It takes the strength and effort of a village to raise one child. Akan /Ghanaian and Nigerian proverb.

A house on fire requires active resolution rather than argument. Akan /Ghanaian proverb.Translated by Manashantii

It is easier for outside enemies to infiltrate,if there is an enemy within. Akan /Ghanaian proverb.Translated by Manashantii

A parasite’s bite is usually from within your very cloth(ing). Akan /Ghanaian proverb.Translated by Manashantii

In order for the rain to fall the wind and clouds must first be seduced by the sky. Akan /Ghanaian proverb.Translated by Manashantii

You must master and recognise your medicine cure (potion) from your medicine death (poison). Akan /Ghanaian proverb. (In Akan there is one word for medicine and poison,the sentence structure describes the difference between the two words). Translated by Manashantii

Force against force equals more force. Akan /Ghanaian proverb.

Mother is supreme. Igbo proverb.

Mother is gold , father is a looking glass (mirror). Yoruba proverb.

Poverty can make a pure mind become perversely decayed with immoral thoughts. Akan / Ghanaian Proverb. Reinterpreted By Manashantii

( You must ) Fear the negative force of mankind before you contemplate fearing ghosts. Akan, Ghanaian Proverb. Reinterpretated by Manashantii

If all the seeds that fall were to grow,then no one could follow the path under the trees. Akan, Ghanaian Proverb.

Abundance will make a cotton pull a stone. Hausa Proverb.

Before healing others, heal yourself. Gambian Proverb.

If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together. N’Gambai people. Gambian proverb

Work is the medicine for poverty. Yoruba Nigerian Proverb.

Your mind is nothing but gibberish, put it aside and you will have a taste of your true being.  Jabbar- Sufi Mystic

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African proverb.

Go into the silent places of your heart; (Manashantii recommends =replace the word heart with “self”) enter into the chambers so quiet and still, of your innerbeing….Intuition will then come to you.You will know truth instantly. By G.dePuruker, Golden Precepts.

Emotional balance and maturity are essential ingredients of self development.To this end one has to be aware of the fundamental drives and desires of one’s nature and fulfill them an intelligent and organised fashion.One has to relate to others meaningfully. By Haridas Chaudri, Problems.

If my theory of relativity is proven successful,Germany will claim me as German and France declare that I am a citizen of the world.If my theory should prove to be untrue, then France will say I am a German and Germany will say that I am a Jew. Albert Einstein

We should take care not to make intellect our god.It has of course powerful muscles,but no personality. Albert Einstein

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.  Albert Einstein

That which doesn’t kill me will make me stronger. Albert Camus.

The greatest quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being. Immanuel Kant.

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire, is the wisdom of humility.Humility is endless. T.S.Eliot. Four Quartets.

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. Hilary Stanton Zunin.

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