African Proverbs on Beauty
◦One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who
marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. ~Ethiopian
◦Beautiful from behind, ugly in front. ~Uganda Proverb
◦The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart.
◦Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty.
◦A beautiful one hurts the heart. ~African Proverb
◦Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be
poor. ~Yoruba Proverb
◦The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to
sleep on. ~Ghanaian Proverb
◦If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is
none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb
◦You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your
beauty. ~Congolese Proverb
◦The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who
makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb
◦Having beauty doesn’t mean understanding the
perseverance of marriage. ~African Proverb
◦You are beautiful because of your possessions. ~Baguirmi
◦Every woman is beautiful until she speaks. ~Zimbabwean
◦Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a
beautiful face. ~Moroccan Proverb
◦A beautiful thing is never perfect. ~Egyptian Proverb
◦Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~Bantu Proverb
◦There is no beauty but the beauty of action. ~Moroccan
◦Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at
you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.
◦A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character.
◦Youth is beauty, even in cattle. ~Egyptian Proverb
◦A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~Congolese
◦It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies
after seasons. ~African Proverb
◦The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~Zulu Proverb
◦It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being
taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~African Proverb
◦A woman who pursues a man for sex loses her spiritual
beauty. ~African Proverb
◦A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner.
◦The cook does not have to be a beautiful woman. ~Shona
◦Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. ~Botswana
◦She is beautiful; she has love, understands; she respects
herself and others; everyone likes, loves and honors her;
she is a goddess. ~African Proverb
◦There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest.
◦Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~Egyptian
◦An ugly child of your own is more to you than a beautiful one
belonging to your neighbor. ~Ganda Proverb
◦Even the colors of a chameleon are for survival not beauty.
◦Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be
found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ~Egyptian
◦When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags,
no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master
weavers. ~Igbo Proverb
◦A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. ~African
◦There are many colorful flowers on the path of life, but the
prettiest have the sharpest thorns. ~African Proverb
◦He who marries a beauty marries trouble. ~Nigerian Proverb
◦Despite the beauty of the moon, sun and the stars, the sky
also has a threatening thunder and striking lightening.
◦Getting only a beautiful woman is like planting a vine on the
roadside everyone feeds on it. ~African Proverb
◦Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone.
◦Roosters’ tail feathers: pretty but always behind. ~Malagasy
◦Beauty is not sold and eaten. ~Nigerian Proverb
◦She is like a road – pretty, but crooked. ~Cameroonian
◦Why they like an ugly person takes long for a beautiful
person to know. ~African Proverb
◦If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss
Next Year” even more so. ~Nigerian Proverb
◦The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one
to admire it. ~African Proverb