Posted by: Dr. Y. | August 30, 2016

Proverbe Bété sur l’Oisiveté / Bété Proverb on Idleness

nose1Quand le doigt ne sait où aller, il entre dans le nez (Proverbe Bété – Côte d’Ivoire) .- Trop d’inactivité conduit l’homme à n’importe quelle bêtise.

When the finger knows not where to go, it goes into the nose (Bété proverb – Côte d’Ivoire). – Too much inactivity leads the man to commit any sort of stupidity.


  1. Haha, that’s an excellent one. I think the more commonly known version in English is “The Devil finds work for idle hands.” I have a book full of Wolof proverbs which I am finding very enlightening at the moment.


    • Thanks for sharing the commonly known English version. I can’t wait to hear those Wolof proverbs.


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