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Old African American Proverbs

It is Black History Month. During this month every year we honor our ancestors and all those great African Americans that came before us. This week we want to honor our heritage in a different light. We want to bring to you some old African American Proverbs. Most of you will recognize most of them. So let's come together and reminisce in a fun way. I hope some of these bring you joy and laughter as you think about your childhood and your grandparents using these proverbs.

  1. The devil is a lie.

  2. Not today Satan.

  3. Satan get behind me or Get behind me Satan.

  4. Let sleeping dogs lie.

  5. If you like it, I love it.

  6. It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer too.

  7. Ain’t nothing open after 2 AM but legs.

  8. The world is going to hell in a hand basket.

  9. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  10. Blood is thicker than water.

  11. I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire.

  12. Ha ha hell.

  13. God don’t like ugly.

  14. I’m not the 1 or the 2.

  15. Is your daddy a glass maker?

  16. I’m not one of your lil friends.

  17. Put your purse on the floor, you go broke.

  18. Do I look like boo boo the fool?

  19. You don’t go to school to make friends, you go to learn.

  20. All I gotta do is stay black and die.

  21. A watched pot will never boil.

  22. What you do in the dark will come to the light.

  23. The pot can't call the kettle black.

  24. The fruit don’t fall far from the tree.

  25. A hit dog will hollow.

  26. The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.

  27. You don’t appreciate your water until your well runs dry.

  28. Come hell or high water.

  29. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

  30. When hell freeze over.

  31. When we get in this store, don’t touch nothing, don’t ask for nothing.

  32. Everything that glitters ain’t gold.

  33. A hard head makes as soft behind.

  34. The fruit didn’t fall far from the tree.

  35. Be careful what you wish for you might just get it,

This is only a few of many old wise African American sayings. So of these we still utilize until this day. We keep up with our heritage and culture by keeping it going, keeping it alive. Comment below and let us know if you use any of the above or other sayings you may use.

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Feb 21, 2023

Okay who the heck was boo boo? And why the call him a fool? 🤣

I haven't heard the one about daddy being a glass maker since I was a little girl.

All of these took me back. Thank you!!! Happy BHM 2023!!!!

Keaire Reese
Keaire Reese
Feb 21, 2023
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Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was writing this one.

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