352 Yoruba Proverbs, Sayings And Translations - Yoruba Project - 110 - 119 - #AdebanjiOsanyingbemi #JackLookman #oweYoruba #edeYoruba

 110. Mo mọ̀wọ̀n ara-à mi” kì í ṣẹ̀rẹ̀kẹ́ èébú.

“I am jealous of my dignity” does not hurl insults at others.

A person who wishes to maintain his dignity must not by his/her actions invite insults.

111. Ejò-ó rí ihò tó há ó kó wọ̀ ọ́; ìyá-a rẹ̀-ẹ́ lọ́wọ́ àti fà á yọ?

A snake sees a tight hole and crawls into it; has its mother hands to pull it out?

One had better be certain that one would be able to extricate oneself before one ventures into tight spots.

112. Ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ tó kú légbodò ló ní ká fòun jẹyán.

It is a pig that dies at the time of the harvesting of new yams that asks to be eaten with pounded yam.

If one puts oneself in harm's way one deserves what one gets.

113. Oore tí a ṣe fádìẹ ò gbé; bó pẹ́ títí a ṣomi tooro síni lẹ́nu.

The favour one does a chicken is not for nought; in due course it will make stew to delight one's mouth.

There will always be a return for whatever favour one does others.

114. Ohun tí ḿbá ahun náwó ẹ̀ ḿbẹ lápò-o ẹ̀.

What will help a miser spend his money is right there in his/her pocket.

The person who does not willingly share what he/she has will somehow find him/herself being deprived of it.

115. Ẹyẹlé fi ẹ̀sín-in rẹ̀ pamọ́, ó ńṣe ẹ̀sín adìẹ.

The pigeon hides its own disgrace and goes ridiculing the chicken.

A person full of flaws insists on finding fault with others.

116. Bí a bá rí òwúrọ̀, alẹ́ ńkọ́? Alẹ̀ làgbà.

Although one has seen the morning, what about night time? Night time is the greatest. 

Nobody should be judged until he or she has reached the end of his or her days.

117. A kì í gbé ẹran erin lérí ká máa fẹsẹ̀ wa ihò ìrẹ̀.

One does not carry elephant meat on one's head and dig cricket holes with one's big toe.

If one is blessed with plenty, one should not keep chasing after trifles.

118. Àdán tó sùn sí ìdí ọsàn, ò rí he, bèlèté odídẹrẹ́ tó lóun jí dé.

The bat, which slept by the orange tree found no orange; yet, the parrot that came at dawn grumbled.

Make hay while the sun shines; be quick to exploit opportunities: time waits for no one.

119. Òòrùn tó kù lókè tó aṣọ ọ́ gbẹ.

The (hours of) sunlight remaining is still good enough to dry clothes.

Keep hope alive: give no room to despair; what is left can still go far: keep working with what you have, right where you are.

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