Contents | Display Settings | Font Settings | About

Part 2: On perspicaciousness (good judgment, perceptiveness), reasonableness, sagacity, savoir-faire, wisdom, and worldly wisdom


Dà-á-sílẹ̀-ká-tun-pín, ogún ijọ́un, a ò pín in re.
The recent throw-it-all-on-the-floor-that-we-may-redistribute-it inheritance was not well distributed the first time around.
(Whatever needs to be done again must not have been done well the first time.)

Dídì ní ḿmú abẹ mú.
It is wrapping that makes a knife sharp.
(Only by taking great care of them does one keep one's possessions in good shape.)

Díẹ̀-díẹ̀ nimú ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ẹ́ fi ńwọgbà.
It is bit by bit that the nose of the pig enters the fence.
(A small problem, if not attended to, becomes unmanageable.)

DÍfá-dÍfá ò fIfá ṣeré.
The diviner does not take Ifá lightly.
(One should not be careless about one's livelihood.)

Dùgbẹ̀-dùgbẹ̀ kì í fi ẹyin rẹ̀ sílẹ̀.
The egg-bearing spider never leaves its eggs behind.
(One does not turn one's back on one's treasure.)

Dúró o kíkà; bí o ò dúró kíkà, ìkà a ba tìrẹ jẹ́.
Stop and say hello to the wicked; if you do not say hello to the wicked, the wicked will find problems for you.
(One's best defence against the wicked is ingratiation.)