130 Malagasy Proverbs
1. "If it is not a boy it will be a girl," says the fortune-teller.
2. A canoe does not know who is king. When it turns over, everyone gets wet.
3. A chicken that hatches a crocodile's eggs is looking for trouble.
4. A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing.
5. A man finds many faults in a woman when he wants to divorce, and finds many charms in one's fianc6e.
6. A man who lets his problems get the better of him is like a man who divorces his wife the first time she makes him angry.
7. A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful.
8. A starving crocodile is never pleasant.
9. Advice is a stranger; if he's welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day.
10. All who live under the sky are woven together like one big mat.
11. An egg does not fight a rock.
12. Ants can attack with a grain of rice.
13. As long as the mouse keeps still you can be sure that the cat stays on guard.
14. Be like the mouth and the hand: when the hand is hurt the mouth blows on it, when the mouth is hurt the hand rubs it.
15. Behave like the chameleon: look forward and observe behind.
16. Better to be guilty in the eyes of men than in the eyes of God.
17. Better to lose a little money than a little friendship.
18. Beware of french people who pretend to quarrel with each other: they will join together to fight you.
19. By getting angry, one shows that she is wrong.
20. By getting angry, you show you are wrong.