Part 4: On perseverance, industry, resilience, self-confidence, self-reliance, resourcefulness, daring, fortitude, and invulnerability
Dàńdógó kì í ṣe ẹ̀wù ọmọdé.
Dàńdógò is not a garment for the young.
(Certain feats are beyond certain people.)
Compare Dàńdógó kọjá ẹ̀wù àbínúdá.
Dídán là ńdán ọ̀ràn wò; bí olówó ẹní kú, à lọ ṣúpó.
One should give everything a try; if one's owner dies one goes to claim his wife.
(One should attempt even the impossible.)
Dídán lẹyẹlé ńdán kú.
A perpetually shining appearance is what chracterizes the pigeon even until death.
(An observation that a person's reputation cannot be tarnished, or a wish that it never be tarnished.)
Díẹ̀-díẹ̀ leku ńjawọ.
It is bit by bit that rats eat leather.
(With slow and steady application, even a difficult task will be done.)
See the following two entries.
Díẹ̀-díẹ̀ lẹyẹ ńmu ọsàn.
It is bit by bit that a bird eats an orange.
(Easy does it.)
See the preceding and the following entries.
Díẹ̀-díẹ̀ ní ńtánṣẹ́.
Gradual efforts complete a task.
(The biggest task is accomplished with gradual and steady attention.)
See the previous two entries.
Dùndún fọ̀ràn gbogbo ṣàpamọ́ra.
The talking drum endures all matters without complaint.
(It is best to be stoically resilient.)
15. A reference to the cords, bells and bands tied around the drum, as well as to the beating it takes from the stick used in playing it.
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