Money and Wealth Proverbs

In this current economic climate, these proverbs reflecting on money and wealth are appropriate.

  • © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationMake some money but don’t let money make you. (-Tanzania)
  • It is no shame at all to work for money. (-Africa)
  • He who loves money must labor. (-Mauritania)
  • By labor comes wealth. (-Yoruba)
  • Poverty is slavery. (-Somalia)
  • One cannot both feast and become rich. (-Ashanti)
  • One cannot count on riches. (-Somalia)
  • Money is sharper than the sword. (-Ashanti)
  • A man’s wealth may be superior to him. (-Cameroon)
  • The rich are always complaining. (-Zulu)
  • The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. (-Yoruba)
  • The poor man and the rich man do not play together. (-Ashanti)
  • Never promise a poor person, and never owe a rich one. (-Brazil)
  • Lack of money is lack of friends; if you have money at your disposal, every dog and goat will claim to be related to you. (-Yoruba)
  • With wealth one wins a woman. (-Uganda)
  • Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. (-Akan)
  • A real family eats the same cornmeal. (-Bayombe)
  • If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn. (-Congo)

For more African proverbs on money and wealth (and many other life topics), please see Lifelines: The African Book of Proverbs.

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