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South American Proverbs

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1. A fool is a wise man’s ladder.

2. Almost is not eaten.

3. As great birds die the eggs rot.

4. Before you milk a cow tie it up.

5. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a man!

6. Even the maid has a family.

7. He who has no intelligence is happy with it.

8. Hope does not kill; I shall live in hope of getting what I seek another day.

9. If he keeps on imitating everybody the monkey will one day cut his own throat.

10. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.

11. No hill without gravestones, no valley without shadows.

12. No man can perfectly empty a pot with a ladle.

13. No stake ever grew old with the bark on.

14. Old age does not announce itself.

15. The fool who owns an ox is seldom recognized as a fool.

16. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.

17. The heart is like a goat that has to be tied up.

18. The last partridge to rise gets the most sticks thrown at it.

19. The pool has dried up, and the fish is in trouble.

20. The quail waits for the stick; the idle loiterer about a place waits for a kick from an old boot.

21. The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown.

22. The wrong-headed fool who refuses counsel will come to grief.

23. Walls have ears and little pots too.

24. What the poor man says is not listened to.

25. When the elephant is slain all the tribes gather together to eat of it.

26. When you have a lot to do, start with a meal.

27. When you shoot a zebra in the black stripe, the white dies too; shoot it in the white and the black dies too.

28. You are not great just because you say you are.

Source: proverbatim.com

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