Haitian proverbs

Deye mon gen mon

Behind mountains there are mountains

There’s a hidden meaning to what is being said.

Dan pouri gen fos sou bannann mi

Rotten teeth have strength over rip bannanas

Even the weak have their strengths

Gran ke wa yo ye, yo menm bagay ak nou.

As great as the kings are, they are just like us.

Inside, we are all human.

Si kalmason te bon vyann, se pa nan mitan chemen you ta jwen li

If the slug were good meat, one wouldn’t find it in the middle of the road.

Good food disappears quickly

Ti poul pa mande plim; le mande lavi.

The baby chicken doesn’t ask for feathers; it asks for like

A poor man doesn’t want much.


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