African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase


LESOTHO [Capital City: Maseru]


1. It is best to bind up the finger before it is cut.
[Interpretation: Learn to be guarded in your utterances so that you don’t get into trouble. Prevention is better than cure.]

2. If the palm of the hand itches, it signifies the coming of great luck.

3. Sickness accompanies a waning moon; a new moon cures disease.

4. Cattle are born with ears, their horns grow later.

5. Cattle lick each other because they know each other.

6. Do not laugh at the snake because it walks on its belly.

7. An elephant does not die of one broken rib.

8. Houses built close together burn together.

9. One does not follow the footprints in the water.

10. The strength of the crocodile is the water.

11. If you are a flag follow the wind.

12. What the people think cannot be denied.

13. Youths talk first and then listen; the elderly listen and then talk.

14. When a palm-branch reaches its height, it gives way for a fresh one to grow.

15. When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops.

16. A farmer who doesn’t work in the rain or under the sun has nothing to harvest at the end of the farming year.


The following links will take you to sources that have some important information on Lesotho:

English: Basotho Hat Shop. Русский: Магазин шл...

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