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Haitian Proverbs » Pawòl Granmoun

Haitian Creole

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Dèyè mòn, gen mòn.

Beyond the mountains, there are more mountains.

Deye mòn gen mòn

Behind mountains there are mountains.

Dwèt ou santi, men ou pa koupe-l jete.

Your finger may smell, but you do not cut it and throw it away.

Douz metye, trèz mizè.

Twelve trades, thirteen miseries.

Dòmi se ti frè lanmò.

Sleep is death's little brother.

Doktè pran swen ou, men li pa Bondye.

The doctor takes care of you but he is not God.

Doktè pa janm trete tèt li.

The doctor never treats himself.

Dlo pa janbe trou.

Water does not cross over holes. It must first fill the hole, before it can move on.

Djòl fè dèt, dèyè peye.

The mouth makes debt, the behind pays back.

Di djab bonjou, lap manje w. Pa di l bonjou, lap manje w.

Greet the devil, he'll eat you. Don't greet the devil, he'll eat you.

Depi ou nan labatwa, fòk ou aksepte san vole sou ou.

If you are in the slaughterhouse, you must accept to get blood on you.

Depi nan Ginen, nèg rayi nèg.

Since Africa (Guinea), negros hate negros (We can never forgive those who sold us as slaves)

Degaje pa peche.

To get by is not a sin.

De toro pa rete nan menm savann.

Two bulls do not stay in the same field.

De mèg pa fri.

Two skinny people don't fry. (Two poor people shouldn't marry, for even together they won't have enough to get by)

Dan se zo.

Teeth are bones.

Dan griyen se danje.

The teeth laugh, beware.

Dan pouri gen fòs sou bannann mi.

Rotten teeth only have power over (can only bite) ripe plantains.