Restrain your mouth, food is coming later.
The dead are resting.
Work is done in the morning.
To give is to hang up.
A hard bed does not kill.
That which does not come to an end is like a bad omen.
Ideas require two people. Ideas require mutual enlightenment.
A kind heart gets one killed.
In order to marry a young lady, one cannot bypass her grandmother.
Love is blind
Beautiful or kind people do not marry each other.
That which flies ends up landing (on the ground)
What one seeks should not lead to tears.
One who has travelled has wilted (faded)
A court case never decays.
One who has pinched has fought.
A fig tree does not go to the birds.
Although a millipede coils, it is still grieved and full of desire to be in a better situation. Although a cameleon moves slowly, it is still grieved.
The crow laughs at the owl's beak, yet its own is like a calabash
Though a baboon is fearful, it does not allow its young one to be touched.
It’s just like squatting in the way owls bear chicks.
Those we taught how to salt the field mice, now salt even the mice’s holes!
One who has awaken or agitated the skunk (or polecat) should take ownership of it
A mouse will not dig a hole without an exit.
Surely, am I the one responsible for the rock-rabbit (dassie) not having a tail? Surely, am I the one who made the frog cut its tail?
The owl does not have horns. To fear the horns of the owl, when in fact they are feathers.
The malice of the snake is to bite what it will not eat
One has laughed at the tortoise for not having a shell, yet it actually has.
For the lizard to bask in the sun there must be a cave in view
Usapedzere tsvimbo kumakunguwo hanga dzichauya; Usapedzera tsvimbo kuna vanamakuwe idzo hanga dzichauya
Do not waste your sticks on crows when the guinea-fowls are yet to come; Do not use up sticks on go-away birds when the guinea-fowls are yet to come.