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Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia.
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
— African Proverb
(Swahili) Quoted in 'Enclosure No. 11, German East Africa: The Administrator to the Secretary of State' (22 Mar 1918), Correspondence Relating to the Wishes of the Natives of the German Colonies as to their Future Government (Nov 1918), 25. Collected in Great Britain Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons (12 Feb 1918 - 21 Nov 1918). The context for the proverb is hardship on the natives from the local effects of the war fought between the Germans and the British forces.
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No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
— African Proverb
Ashanti proverb, on web page 'African Proverb Wisdom', citing a book by Charlotte & Wolf Leslau.
Science quotes on:  |  Both (494)  |  Depth (94)  |  Experiment (696)  |  Foot (60)  |  River (121)  |  Test (212)

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
— African Proverb
Nigerian proverb Jon R. Stone, The Routledge Book of World Proverbs (2006), 226.
Science quotes on:  |  Fame (50)  |  Glorify (6)  |  Historian (55)  |  Hunt (30)  |  Hunter (24)  |  Lion (22)  |  Tale (16)


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