Haitian Proverbs / Pawòl Granmoun

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299 Proverbs » Pwovèb


Anpil ti patat fè chay. »
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A lot of small sweet potatoes make a load.
Men anpil, chay pa lou. »
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Many hands make the load lighter.
Aprè dans, tanbou toujou lou. »
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After the dance, the drums are always heavy.
Avan ou ri moun bwete, gade jan ou mache. »
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Before you laugh at those who limp, check the way you walk.
Avèk pasyans, w ap wè tete foumi. »
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With patience, you will see an ant's teats.
Ayisyen swiv kouran. »
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Haitians follow the flow.
Bay kou, bliye; pote mak, sonje. »
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You give a blow, you forge; when you leave marks, they remember.
Kapon antere manman yo. »
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Cowards live long enough to bury their mothers (because they don't expose themselves to danger)
Ak tan piti vin gran. »
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With time the little becomes big.
Abondans byen pa nwi. »
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An abundance of wealth doesn't hurt.
Ak po w ou vini, ak po w ou prale. »
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You came with only your skin, and that's the way you're going back.
Tanbou prete pa janm fè bon dans. »
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Borrowed drums never make good music.
Ti chen gen fòs devan kay mèt li. »
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A little dog is really brave in front of his master's house.
Ti moun fwonte grandi devan Bawon. »
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An impudent child grows up under Baron (Guardian of the cemetery)..
Ravèt pa janm gen rezon devan poul. »
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Roaches are never right when facing chickens.
Sonje lapli ki leve mayi ou. »
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Remember the rain that made your corn grow.
Moun pa se dra. »
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A good friend is like a cloak.
Nan tan grangou patat pa gen po. »
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In times of famine, sweet potatoes have no skin.
Ou konn kouri, men ou pa konn kache. »
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You know how to run, but you don’t know how to hide.
Se bon kè krapo ki fè l san tèt. . »
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It is because the toad is too kindhearted that he has no head.
Piti, piti, zwazo fè nich li. »
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Little by little the bird builds its nest.
Konstitisyon se papye, bayonèt se fè. »
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The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel.
Rache manyòk ou bay tè a blanch. »
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Uproot the manioc, and clear the land.
Bèl antèman pa di paradi. »
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A beautiful funeral doesn't guarantee heaven.
Milat pòv se nèg, nèg rich se milat. »
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A poor mulatto is black, a wealthy black is mulatto.

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