30 Akan Proverbs
1. A child who is to be successful is not to be reared exclusively on a bed of down.
2. Although the snake does not fly, it has caught the hornbill, whose home is in the sky.
3. Death's ladder is there for everyone to climb.
4. Fowls will not spare a cockroach that falls in their midst.
5. If a horn deserves a jawbone, they attach one to it.
6. If all the seeds that fall were to grow, then no one could follow the path under the trees.
7. If an ass goes a-traveling, he'll not come home a horse.
8. If you do not have sandals, find some, if you do not have gun powder, find some for a score to settle with you on the battle grounds.
9. It is a fool whose own tomatoes are sold to him.
10. Marriage is like a groundnut: you have to crack them to see what is inside.
11. One should never rub bottoms with a porcupine.
12. Only birds of the same clan or species play together on the same tree.
13. The child is capable of splitting open the snail, not the tortoise.
14. The clever bird is easily trapped in the leaves at the edges.
15. The crocodile does not die under the water so that we can call the monkey to celebrate its funeral.
16. The family is like the forest: if you are outside, it is dense; if you are inside, you see that each tree has its own position.
17. The good mother knows what her children will eat.
18. The gun catridge-belt of Akowua has never been known to lack bullets.
19. The knot tied by a wiseman cannot be undone by a fool.
20. The one who asks questions doesn't lose his way.