African Quotes

African quotes come in various flavors. Some are full of wisdom and some make for raised eyebrows but all have a message. Here’s a collection of quotes about living, life, and love. Quotes about life and quotes about living it… Enjoy!

African Quotes About Living & Life

Growing old and living, they are one and the same thing – Kikuyu (Kenya)

The depth of a person’s life is more important that it’s length – Swahili (East Africa)

One who is serious all day will never have a good life, while one plays all day will never establish a household – Egyptian

We live life forwards but it can only be understood backwards – Swahili (East Africa)

Disappointment is not difficult and happiness is not difficult – Jabo (Liberia)

Cry for life, don’t cry for money – Twi (Ghana)

As long as we are alive we still many achievements before us – Yoruba (Nigeria)

A living dog is better than a dead lion – Igbo (Nigeria)

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African Quotes About Love

The following are quotes on love from various different African tribes. The languages have been translated and in some cases having an understanding of the context helps but all the same, they speak volumes. Enjoy!

A loved one has no faults – Swahili (East Africa)

If there is cause to hate someone, the cause to love has just begun – Wolof (Senegal)

The man who is not jealous in love does not love – Tuareg (Algeria, Mali, Niger)

Truth should be in love and love in truth – Swahili (East Africa)

You only know whom you love, you cannot know who loves you – Yoruba (Nigeria)

You may condemn the one that you love, but you will pay his fine for him – Ganda (Uganda)

You do not know how to cry until your mother dies – Ovambo (Angola, Namibia)

Where there is love there is no darkness – Burundi

That which you love, you make last long – Ganda (Uganda)

To love is not to be forced to love – Kikuyu (Kenya)

There is one who loves you after seeing you and there is one who loves you unseen – Swahili (East Africa)

The one who gives you food is the one who loves you – Mamprussi (Burkina Faso)

The way to your beloved is not thorny – Duala (Cameroon)

The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful – Ganda (Uganda)

A loving heart always helps – Uganda

Though it is forbidden, love still enters – Thonga (South Africa, Zimbabwe)

A slap of love does not hurt – Swahili (East Africa)

Love destroys one’s understanding – Ganda (Uganda)

The woman who is loved receives no refusal – Kikuyu (Kenya)

It is not enough to love if you are not loved in return – Tsonga (Mozambique)

He who loves you warns you – Ganda (Uganda)

He who loves you, loves you with your dirt – Ganda (Uganda)

Love has neither eyes nor understanding – Swahili (East Africa)

Our love opens the doors of our insight without our knowledge – Swahili (East Africa)

Love is a cover that hides all shortcomings – Shona (Zimbabwe)

One’s lover’s place is never too far away – Kikuyu (Kenya)

The one who loves you does not spare you the truth – Uganda

Love is love only when it affects both sides – Swahili

One does not truly love another if one does not accept anything from him – Kanuri (Chad, Niger, Nigeria)

Love and let the world know, hate in silence – Egypt

If your love is torn apart, you cannot stitch the pieces together again – Malagasy (Madagascar)

Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly, but flooding the river – Liberia

Love makes a man blind and deaf – Sudan

If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars – Tunisia

If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy – Cameroon

Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves, for he will still go on loving, but he will hate you – Senegal

To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better – Wolof (Senegal)

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