Jamaican Proverbs

© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationJamaican proverbs, like Haitian proverbs, owe a great deal to African roots. In just a few words, the proverbs tell stories, provide graphic images, and convey values that have been passed on from generation to generation for hundreds of years. 

    •  Beautiful woman, beautiful trouble.
    • When man have raw meat, him look fi fire.
    • If yuh throw rockstone into pig sty, de one that bawl out is de one get hit.
    • Those who kyaan dance blame it on de music.
    • Yuh kyaan prevent bird from fly over yuh head, but yuh kyan prevent him from making nest in yuh head.
    • If yuh talk with hog, yuh kyaan expect anything but grunt.
    • Before yuh marry keep both eyes open; after marriage shut one.
    • De nearer de bone, de sweeter de meat.
    • If fool never go market, bad things wouldn’t sell.
    • If yuh dig a hole, take care yuh doan fall in it.
    • Little crab hole spoil big race horse
    • De same knife stick goat stick sheep.
    • Catch a bull by him horn and a man by him words.
    • If fish learn to keep him mouth shut, fisherman wouldn’t catch him.
    • Save money, and money will save yuh.

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