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WATASAI STON Nכ FRED REN.
A waterside stone is not afraid of rain. This stone is nearly always wet.

NεK WE Nכ BROK GO WεR KכRIA.
A neck that isn't broken will wear a necklace.

WE LεPεT TIT GO HAT AM, NA-IN GOT KIN GO KכLDεT.
When the leopard has a toothache, then the goat can go and collect a debt.

WE WATA Nכ SεT NA YAI, I GO DRכP NA JA.

כKPכLכ Nכ GεT TIT, BכT IF YU PUT YU HAN INSAI IN MכT, I GO SεT AM.
A frog has no teeth, but if you put your hand in his mouth he'll bite down.

TAYA NכTO LES. Being tired isn't the same as being lazy.

כL KכNDכ LEDכN NA DεN BεLε; YU Nכ NO US WAN BεLε DE HAT AM.
All lizards lie on their bellies; you can't tell which one has a stomach ache.

OLEGBO Nכ NO BAD YAI.

GLADI MכT NכBA BLO FAYA.
A happy mouth can't blow a fire.

TRכBUL SIDכN SAFUL; YANGGA GO WEK AM.

DεN DE TכL YU BεL, YU DE AKS UDAT DAI.
They are tolling your bell, you ask who died.

SUP WE GO SWIT, NכTO DI TUMכS SכL WE DεN GO PUT AM.
FכM FUL Fכ GEN WISDכM. Feign ignorance to gain wisdom.

PRכMIS NA DεT.
A promise is a debt.

Nכ TEK DAI BABU SKIAD MכNKI.
Don't try to scare a monkey with a dead baboon.

TU KכNI MAN NכBA SLIP DI SEM TεM.

WATA WE YU Nכ FRED, NA DE YU GO LεF.
The water that you're not afraid of is where you'll drown.

IF YU YεRI BLεNYAI MAN SE, "A GO STON YU," I DכN MAS STON.
If a blind man says, "I'm going to stone you," it means he's stepped on a stone.

HAW DI BATA DE BIT--NA SO DI DANS DE GO.
As the drum beats, so the dance goes.

YU YON DכL KכTLAS BεTε PAS YU NEBA SHAP WAN.
Your own dull machete is better than your neighbor's sharp one.

WE REN DE KAM, YUBA SE I GO BIL HOS; WE SAN KכMכT, I FכGεT.
When it's raining, the vulture says he'll build a house; when the sun comes out, he forgets.

εNI SAI WE YU SI SMOK, FAYA DE.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.

FUL Nכ DE MεN, BכT KRES DE MεN.
You can cure madness, but you can't cure a stupidity.

ALIGETA DE RכN FRכM REN, I GO FכDכN NA WATA.
The crocodile runs from rain, he'll fall into the water.

IF TU FRεN KIP MכNI NA WAN PLES, WAN GO LAF εN WAN GO KRAI.
If two friends keep money in the same place, one will laugh and one will cry.

WכD NA FכL EG.
A word is (like) an egg.

PESHεNT DכG IT FAT BON.

WAN HAN Nכ DE TAI BכNDUL. You can't tie a bundle with one hand.

UDAT SIK, NA-IN KIN FεN DכKTA.

IF YU DE KכL DכG, YU Nכ Fכ HOL TIK.
Don't call a dog when you have a stick in your hand.

HAT NכTO BON.
The heart is not made of bone.

MכNKI WE Nכ GεT TIT NכBA LAF.
A monkey with no teeth never smiles.

IF YES Nכ YεRI, HAT Nכ GO VεKS.

YU Nכ GO MεSכ SNEK TE I DAI.
You can't measure a snake until it's dead. You don't realize a person's worth until he's gone.

SAF HAN Nכ DE BROK.

כLWE BABU WכWכ SOTE, I MARED TU MכNKI IN SISTA.
No matter how ugly the baboon is, he's married to the monkey's sister.

MεSεNJA NכBA DAI NA WA.
A messenger never dies in the war.

NA YAI DE TES BIFO MכT.
The eye tastes before the mouth.

KUSHε DE KOL HAT.

SINGG DכN, WכD LεF.
The song is done, the words remain.

Nכ HεNG YU KOTOKU NA DAT SAI WE YU HAN Nכ GO RICH.

PUT YU YAI DכN, YU GO SI NOS.
Cast your eye down, you will see your nose.

BROKU KUNU DE NA WATASAI, BכT I GεT ONA.

IF YU Nכ BIN DכN BεLεFUL, YU Nכ BIN AJUI.

MAN NכBA TEK GכN Fכ SεTUL PALAVA; NA AIS I GO PUT DE.

εNJεL NכBA FITYAI GכD.
An angel never disrespects God.

BכL-ED MAN NכBA AMBכG HכNI.
A bald man never aggravates bees.

WE YU SE כKPכLכ KLEM FεNCH, YU MכS NO SE GRכN WAM.
When you see a frog climb a fence, you know that the ground is hot.

NכTO כL TIK MכNKI KIN KLEM.
It's not every tree a monkey can climb.

DAKS Nכ DE KUPE, BכT כL TεM IN WES DE RכL.

BIFO KRAWO WES, NA SPUN GO BεN.
Before "krawo" goes to waste, the spoon will bend.

IF PεPε SWIT, RכB AM NA YU SכFUT.
If pepper is so delicious, rub it in your sore.

GεT-GεT Nכ WANT, WANT-WANT Nכ GεT.
He who has doesn't want, he who wants doesn't have.

KכTIN-TRI FכDכN SOTE, IN HED PAS GRAS.
No matter how low a cotton tree falls, it's still taller than grass.

DכG WE Nכ GεT TEL Nכ EBUL SALUT IN MASTA.
A dog without a tail can't greet its master.

DכG KECH KOL TE, I Nכ DE WAM INSεF NA LεPεT KANDA.
No matter how cold a dog gets, he doesn't warm himself in leopard skin.

ARATA Nכ KכT YANGGA USAI PUS DE.

TRכKI BIN Fכ DE BAB, BכT I Nכ EBUL TINAP.

Lכ TAN LεKε BISKIT.
The law is like a biscuit (cracker).

NA TRכBUL MEK BABU WES DE SHAIN.
It's trouble that makes an ape's rear shiny.

TIK TE NA WATA SOTE, I Nכ GO TכN ALIGETA.
No matter how long a tree lies in the water, it will never turn into a crocodile.

YAMS KכL KכMITI, KOKOYAMS SE I WAN RID AJεNDA.
The yam calls a meeting, the cocoyam wants to read the agenda.

MכNKI WE Nכ GεT TIT NכBA CHAM.
A monkey without teeth never chews.

AIεN Nכ DE HכT WE DεN Nכ PUT AM NA FAYA.
Iron doesn't get hot if they don't put it in the fire.

WE YU NEM DE PWεL, MEK YU BISNIS DE RAIT.

DכG KRES; I Nכ NO FAYA?

DI MεRεSIN BITA PAS DI SIK.
The medicine is worse (more bitter) than the disease.

HכG AKS IN MAMI SE, "MAMI, WETIN MEK YU MכT LANGGA SO?" IN MAMI SE, "BכBכ, WET LILIBIT, YU GO NO."
The pig asks his mother, "Mummy, what makes your mouth so long?" His mother says, "My ooy, wait awhile and you'll know."

KING KAW IT KING GRAS.

BLAK GOT HAT Fכ FεN NA NεT.
A black goat is hard to find at night.

PIKIN WE Nכ DE FRED GO MEK WATA RכN NA MAMI YAI.
A child who is fearless is going to bring tears to his mother's eyes.

WE DεN TOT YU NA BAK, YU Nכ NO SE ROD LANGGA.
If they carry you on their back, you won't know that the road is long.

FAMBUL TIK KIN BεN, BכT I NכBA BROK.
The family tree may bend, but it never breaks.

DAT LIF WE GOT IT--NA DI SEM LIF IN PIKIN GO IT.

IF HOS Nכ SεL YU, TRIT Nכ GO BAI YU.
If the home doesn't sell you, the street won't buy you.

KRACH-KRACH Nכ DE MEK PUS PIKIN FRED IN MAMA.
Scratching won't make a kitten afraid of its mother.

GכD GO BכTA MI BRED.
God will butter my bread.

MכNKI IN TRכSIS TAIT SOTE, I MכS LεF PLES Fכ IN TEL.
No matter how tight a monkey's trousers are, he has to leave space for his tail.

DAT SHIP WE BRINGG BAIBUL, NA-IN BRINGG RכM.
The same ship that brought the Bible also brought rum.

DAT HED WE KAM Fכ TOT STON, NA STON I GO TOT.

DAT TING WE MEK DכG IT BON, NA DI SEM TING WE MEK HכG IT PכTכ-PכTכ.

UDAT TREDIN WIT GכD NכBA LכS.
He who trades with God never loses.

NA GכD DE DRεB FLAI PAN KAW WE Nכ GεT TEL.

KAKROCH KANDA TRכNG TE, WE I RICH TU FכL, I GO SAF.

GכD, WE GI MAN KRכ-KRכ, NA-IN GI AM HAN Fכ KRACH AM.
God, who gave man scabies, also gave him hands to scratch them.

BRA YUBA Nכ GεT BABA, BכT כL TεM IN HED GO SHAIN.
Bra Vulture doesn't have a barber, but his head is always shiny.

DIS LAIF WI LIB: NεKS WכL Nכ GO TAN SO.
This life that we live: The next world won't be so.

NA GכD WAN NO WETIN MEK WE FINGGA DεN כL DIFRεN.
Only God knows what makes all our fingers different.

WUMAN AMPA NכBA LεF BIεN.

GIAL PIKIN Nכ GO NO SE I MARED TETE IN MAMA DAI.
A girl doesn't realize that she's married until her mother dies.

NA BεLεFUL MEK PεTεTε GεT KANDA.