52 popular African life quotes to get you inspired

· Sometimes it's the little things that help you get going ·

Africa is a magical place. A place full of myth, legends and stories. They are passed down from generation to generation and are very important to the traditions and customs to many tribes in Africa. Even in day to day communications, Africans very often speak in images, which I've always found fascinating.

Life can be tough sometimes. We all go through these phases. Important is that we do not stick our head in the sand. Important is that we keep going.

Here are 52 popular African life quotes to get you inspired.



The goal of our journey, our quest, is to penetrate the mystery of life’s events.  ~African oral tradition

He who does not seize opportunity today, will be unable to seize tomorrow’s opportunity.  ~Somali proverb

Words of have an intrinsic power. When they are true, sensible and sincere, the heal the hearts that mourn. Word are sacred.  ~Aminata Traoré

In tribal life, one is forced to slow down, to experience the now and commune with the earth and nature. Patience is a must; no one seems to understand the meaning of “hurry up”.  ~Sobonfu Somé

Never be  in too much of a hurry: nature is patience.  ~ African proverb



No one, whatever their social status, ever sees the top of his or her own skull. There always comes a time when you need someone else in order to see clearly.  ~African proverb

Realize that you are involved in a situation, that is a lot greater than who you are.  ~Sobonfu Somé

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.  ~African proverb

One of our strongest weapon is dialogue.  ~Nelson Mandela

There is always something in the self that is either overcompensating, pretending, giving in, or pushing too hard. The only way one can reach that and move it out is through healing.  ~Sobonfu Somé



At the bottom of patience one finds heaven.   ~African proverb

Learning expands great souls.  ~Namibian proverb

The black man is convinced of the existence of a force, a power, a source of all existence; it is what drives actions and movements. It gives beings life and watches over their development.  ~Alassane Ndaw

Encompassed by a world of tangible, visible things – animals, plants and stars – mankind has from time immemorial perceived that deep within these beings and things dwells something powerful, yet indescribable, that gives them life.  ~African oral tradition

Everything has an aim. Everything has a motive. Chance does not exist. There are simply laws of coincidence whose workings we do not know. A higher order that we do not understand.  ~African oral tradition



God has created lands with lakes and rivers for man to live. And the desert so that he can find his soul.   ~ Tuareg proverb

People who know us and care about us, usually have an open channel for us at all times. If we are clear in our message, however we send it, they can send us the kind of help we are looking for.  ~Sobonfu Somé

Happiness is not acquired; it does  not consist in appearances. We each have to build it during every moment of our lives, working through our hearts.  ~African proverb

When we don’t listen to the little things happening around us, we end up having huge earthquakes.  ~Sobonfu Somé

Love is a despot who spares no one.   ~Namibian proverb

Comparison is the thief of joy.  ~African proverb

When we keep our crises private, they grow fatter every day, and then they start to strangle us.  ~Sobonfu Somé

Claim your rights, and say no when things are not right for you.  ~Ken Bugul

The divine force, which inhabits every being, every thing, every place, may be intensely realized when man takes the trouble to invite it to reveal itself.  ~Alassane Ndaw

In an unwell person, it is most often not the body that is sick, but the soul.  ~Dr. Raymond Johnson



The fact that courage is expected of you in the face of the unbearable gives you strength for the rest of your life.  ~Nelson Mandela

However long the night, the dawn will always break.  ~African proverb

There is a spiritual dimension to every relationship. Two people come together because spirit wants them together.  ~Sobonfu Somé

Those who have destroyed their wild beasts and live without them, are incomplete.  ~Maasai tribe

If the wooden spoon breaks it is not the end of cooking.    ~Swahili proverb



However long the night, the dawn will break.  ~African proverb

Go deep into your heart and listen to the rhythm of it. The problem is, we usually don’t listen enough, and therefore we don’t hear it.  ~Sobonfu Somé

A brave man dies once, a coward a thousand times.  ~Somali proverb

Each person chooses his or her life purpose before he or she is even born.  ~Sobonfu Somé



Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.  ~Maasai proverb

We have to learn to let go of our defenses and any need to control. We have to trust spirit absolutely for guidance.  ~Sobonfu Somé

You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.  ~African proverb

It is very easy to us to get lost in the mundane world and forget about our connection to spirit. Yet without that connection we are basically the walking dead.  ~Sobonfu Somé



Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.  ~African proverb

Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living.  ~Nigerian proverb

If you think you are too small to make a difference, spend a night with a mosquito.  ~African proverb

Ingratitude is sooner or later fatal to its author.  ~African proverb



Am wondering, which African life quotes have you come across? Would love to hear them…

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