Quotes for Friday from Ola Rotimi's The Gods Are not to Blame I
Though the title says 'quotes', the following quotes are more of proverbs than quotes. The richness of a culture, the values a group of people hold and their philosophies, distilled through time tested means, are quickly learnt from their proverbs. And every culture has one.
It is not changing into the lion that is hard, it is getting the tail of a lion
Kolanut last long in the mouths of them who value it
Joy has a slender body that breaks too soon
When the chameleon brings forth a child, is not that child expected to dance? As we have made you King, act as King.
When the rain falls on the leopard, does it wash off its spots? Has the richness of kingly life washed off the love of our King for his people?
My people. Children of our fathers. Sickness is like rain. Does the rain fall on one roof alone? No. Does it fall on one body and not on another? No. Whoever the rain sees, on him it rains. Does it not? It is the same with sickness.
It is sickness that man can cure, not death
To get fully cured one needs patience. The moon moves slowly but by daybreak it crosses the sky.
By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from tree to tree without falling.
The horns cannot be too heavy for the head of the cow that must bear them.
Until the rotten tooth is pulled out, the mouth must chew with caution.
When the frog in front falls in pit, others behind take caution.