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    Default Owe Yoruba - Yoruba Proverbs

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    we Yorb


    “we Yorb j gblhn r kk t kn fn jnl gbn ti ye, t s j rr t wn gbgb il wa ti fi nu k j gg b k fn wn m lhn wn. wn gblhn r kk wny kn fn tum pp, b a b s l wn nbi t y k a l wn, tum ohun t b fi r pp s y tt y ni ykyk.”

    “we l’in r, b r b sn, we ni a fi w a.”
    “Amrn m we n lj rn.”




    we - proverb
    gblhn – sentence
    kk – very short
    jnl gbn – deep wisdom
    rr - experience
    gbgb – elders
    il – land
    nu - mouth
    k j – gather together
    k – lessons
    m lhn wn – descendants
    l – use
    nbi – in the place
    y - to be proper
    r – word
    tt – quickly
    ykyk - completely
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    tt in k sin 'ni rj k' pdn.

    Truthfulness does not join someone on a journey that we should suffer loss.


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    b t' m k gb k ara r.

    A knife that is sharp (nevertheless) does not carve its own handle.


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    "Igi gogoro m gn mi l'j" lti kr l'a ti fhn.

    "Sharp stick don't stick me in the eye", we say while it's still far away.
    (Variation: "Igi gogoro m gn mi l'j" lti kr l'a ti w. (from a distance we look at it)
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    Onyang m ba tmi j, epo ni mo r.

    Owner of small stones, don't spoil mine, I'm carrying red palm oil.


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    Wn f sun n j tl, fepo para.

    They already wanted to roast him and he's rubbing palm oil on himself.


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    r gblta, Elj lr gb.

    Friends do not make space for three. Two is what friends allow.

    (From j Ogb, s kta)


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    m ni d jlk;
    K flk s tm lmrn;
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    The backside of one's child is never so jacked up
    That we would put Ileke onto that of someone else's child
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    (From j Ogb, s kf)
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    nkan gbd na babalwo.

    One must not beat up a Babalwo.

    (From yk Mj - s kf)


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    nu y n py, nu fr n pfr, fr bm mf, n il un kn :

    It is the mouth of the bird that kills the bird, it is the mouth of the Squirrel, that kills the Squirrel, the Squirrel gives birth to 6, he brags that his house is completely full.


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