Esan Proverbs



Wisdom is wealth! Below are some of the best treasures of wisdom our  ancestors have handed down to us. While some of us may have forgotten them, the rest of us don’t need to. From prudent sayings on wisdom itself, to judicious encouragements, warnings and even quirky advice learning, patience, unity, wealth, poverty, community, family, love and marriage, these quotes will inspire you to be the best you can possibly be. The man who remembers others, remembers also his creator. Without knowing a person we must not hate him. Esanland Proverbs. - collocate by WPPraise,

Esanland Wisdom on Hard Work

  • It is little by little that a bird builds its nest.
  • To do one's duty is to eat the prized fruit of honor.
  • A farmer, who would not work inside the rain and would not work under the sun,
  • would have nothing to harvest at the end of the farming year.
  • It is the work of one's hands that decides what one eats for dinner – for some it is pounded yam, for others it is pounded plantain or nothing.
  • An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will definitely become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants.
  • He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.
  • Sleep and indolence are not cousins of a good harvest.
  • Success is 10% ability, and 90% sweat.
  • We live by hope, but a reed never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming.
  • When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind.
  • Fine words do not produce food.
  • It is a lazy man who says "it is only because I have no time that my farm is overgrown with weeds".
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Esanland Quote on Persistence and Perseverance

  • One must row in whichever boat one finds one's self.
  • When a person regrets endlessly, he gets to pay more for what he regrets.
  • It is little by little that a bird builds its nest.
  • It is not only the fox; even the snail arrives at its destination.
  • However long the moon disappears, someday it must shine again.
  • It is the same moon that wanes today that will be the full moon tomorrow.
  • It is only the toad that gets up from its knees and falls back again on its knees.
  • The spider that knows what it will gain sits waiting patiently in its web. 
  • The praying mantis is never tired waiting all day.
  • A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.

Esanland Wisdom on Cooperation

  • When the right hand washes the left hand and the left hand washes the right hand, both hands become clean.
  • One finger cannot remove lice from the head.
  • A man can not sit down alone to plan for prosperity.
  • A man who lives alone is either always overworked, or always overfed.
  • A single tree can not make a forest.
  • A single man can not build a house.
  • A man who walks alone carries a load of palm-fronds.
  • It is by the strength of their number that the ants in the field are able to carry their prey to the nest.
  • Two footsteps do not make a path.
  • Two raindrops do not make a pool.
  • Our elders quote the cock as saying that "it would not be good if one becomes the only person in the world, and that is why they crow every morning to show their number"

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Esanland Proverbs on Patience

  • A speedy wrestling and a bad fall go hand in hand.
  • Patient people are patient to gain longevity.
  • However long the moon disappears, someday it must shine again.
  •  It is not only the hare, the tortoise arrives also at the destination.

Esanland Quote on Kindness

  • Without knowing a person we must not hate him.
  • Those who derive fun watching lunatics, out to have one as a child or relation to know the pains of it.
  •  A person on whose head lice are being removed must be grateful.
  • By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness.
  • When the laborer is praised, his cutlass begins to cut more keenly.
  • If men were now to turn their hostility towards the cat, it would not be long before the domestic cat becomes a wild animal.
  •  Criticism is easy but it does not create.
  • If one imitates the upright, one becomes upright; if one imitates the crooked, one becomes crooked.
  •  To eat from the same pot with another man, is to take an oath of perpetual friendship with him.

Esanland Quote on Integrity

  • Money does not announce how it is earned but whereas properly earned money appreciates, improperly earned money depreciates.
  • Rather than tell a lie to help a friend, it is better to assist him in paying the fine for his offense.

Esanland Proverbs on Thoughtfulness, Giving and Sharing.

  • A fowl does not forget where it lays its eggs.
  •  The habit of thinking is the habit of gaining strength.
  •  It is one word of advice that one needs to give to a wise man, and that word keeps multiplying in his mind.
  • Does a man not know when he has pepper in his eyes? If we forget yesterday, how  shall we remember tomorrow?
  • Thoughts and dreams are the foundation of our being.
  • We are what our thinking makes us.
  • A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.
  • It is an unthinking man who achieves prosperity, and then finds with time, that his body can no longer pass through the door.
  • When an only kolanut is presented with love, it carries with it more value than might otherwise be associated with a whole pod of several kolanuts.
  •  The man who remembers others, remembers also his creator.
  • The bird that remembers its flockmates, never missed the way.
  • It is from a small seed that the giant Iroko tree has its beginning.
  • He who is courteous is not a fool.
  • The fowl perspires, but the feathers do not allow us to see the perspiration.

Esanland Wisdom Quote on Character

  • A man who is advised and he takes it, is still a man who acts from his own free will.
  • When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops.
  • When a fowl gets to a new town, it stands on one leg until it knows that it is a town
  • where people stand on their two legs.
  • A man who has one finger pointing at another has three pointing towards himself.
  • A man who eases himself in public, gives cause to others to despise him.
  • The man who is honored, has first honored himself.
  • Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone.
  • Anyone who urinates in a stream should be warned because any of his relatives may drink from the water.
  • A person who does not bathe, must know it of himself that he is dirty.
  •  Antagonism is not good for fowls, and it is not good for goats; worse still, it is not good for human beings.
  • Our examples are like seeds on a windy day, they spread far and wide.
  • A person who picks something and decides to make it his own, ought to think how he would feel if he was the person who lost the property he picked.
  • He who is called a man must behave like a man.
  •  If one would not eat pounded yam for its own sake, one can still eat it for the sake of the soup that goes with it.
  •  He who digs a pit for others must invariably fall into it.

Esanland Quote on Peace

  • Let's fight, let's fight, no one knows whom fighting would favor.
  • Two men quarreling do not share the same seat on a canoe.
  • To have no enemies is equivalent to wealth.
  • Without retaliation evils would one day become extinct from the world.
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Esanland Wisdom Quote

  • An old banana leaf was once young and green.
  • Old age does not come in just one day.
  • The fly that has no one to advise it follows the corpse into the grave.
  • If death be terrible, the fault is not in death, but thee.
  • It is the fear of offence that makes men swallows poison.
  • Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.
  • The frog does not jump in the daytime without reason.
  • The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree said he would praise himself if no one else did.
  • When the mice laugh at the cat, there is a hole nearby.
  • He who does not look ahead always remains behind.
  • Courage is the father of success.
  • It is the first step that is difficult.
  • He who pursues an innocent chicken always stumbles. 

Esanland Family Quote

  • A person who has children does not die.
  • We can not choose who our relatives should be, even though we may come to like some better than others.
  • A good name is better than gold.
  • A piece of iron can only become what the blacksmith says it should become.
  • A child's face is his mirror.
  • It is the habit that a child forms at home, that follows them to their marriage.
  • It is an irresponsible adult that creates enmity because of a disagreement that arises between two children.
  • A child is what you put into him.
  • Criticism is easy but it does not create.
  • Love is better than a whip.
  •  It takes a village to raise a child.
  • A family name is not cooked and eaten, one's life is the thing.
  •  A good name is better than gold.


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