Contents | Display Settings | Font Settings | About

Part 1: On humility, self-control, self-knowledge, self-respect, and self-restraint


Ng gba ow- mi lra kt y; d lgblagb sl.
I will get my money's worth out of these trousers; the grown man only winds up exposing his bare buttocks to the world.
(One should not insist on squeezing every last once of use out of a perishable article.)

N:ll lm abuk d: n y, y, un pn.
The humpback's child has presented a formidable dilemma: he cries, Mother, mother, carry me on your back!
(A dependent who demands of one what one cannot provide is intent on showing one up.)

Nbo lo fork s t j Lbrk?
Where did you discard all other names and picked for yourself the name Lbrk?
(Where did you leave good manners and picked up unbecoming and unacceptable behavior?) [70]

Ngbt to k a to ti m si.
When we were stacking the corn we did not stack some for the brown rat.
(People should keep their hands off other people's property unless they have been asked to help themselves.)

Ngbt o m- gn, in - e orkn?
Since you claim to be a seasoned rider, how come your horse has gone lame?
(An expert does not produce flawed goods.)

Ngbwo lp kn-n di kl fmd?
Since when did a tiger-hide sac become a thing a child uses to harvest okro?
(People should not presume to lay claim to things or functions that are far beyond their station.)


70. This proverb is used to chastise people and to order them to snap out of their bad habits.  [Back to text]