Posted by: Dr. Y. | April 3, 2014

Proverbe Africain sur la Paresse / African Proverb on Laziness

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Une autruche / an ostrich

Une autruche / an ostrich

L’autruche, quand il faut voler, dit: Je suis un chameau;  et quand il faut porter un fardeau, elle dit: je suis un oiseau (proverbe africain). – Le paresseux avance toujours des raisons pour fuir le travail.

The ostrich, when it is time to fly, says: I am a camel; and when it it is time to carry a burden, she says: I am a bird (African proverb). – The lazy one always gives reasons to escape work.


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  1. Is this a proverb that exists in other African languages, and if so, which ones? I would like to reference this proverb, but I don’t feel like I know enough about its origins seeing it in English and French. Thanks.

    Je me demande si cette proverbe existait avante dans un idiom Africain a parte de ces versions en Anglais et Français?

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    • Thank you Andy for your question. This is actually an Arab proverb from the region of Zanzibar.
      Merci pour votre question Andy. Ceci est en fait un proverbe arabe de la region de Zanzibar.

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