African Proverbs on Beauty

Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you. ~African Proverb

One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem.
~Ethiopian Proverb

Beautiful from behind, ugly in front.
~Uganda Proverb

The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart.
~Baluba proverb

Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty.
~Nigerian Proverb

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 Proverb

Every woman is beautiful until she speaks.
~Zimbabwean Proverb

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 Proverb

Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.
~African Proverb

A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character.
~Congolese Proverb

Youth is beauty, even in cattle.
~Egyptian Proverb

A pretty basket does not prevent worries.
~Congolese Proverb

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. ~African Proverb

The cook does not have to be a beautiful woman. ~Shona Proverb

Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. ~Botswana Proverb

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. ~African Proverb

Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~Egyptian Proverb

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.
~African Proverb

Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones.
~Egyptian Proverb

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 Proverb

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.
~African Proverb

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.
~Nigerian Proverb

Roosters’ tail feathers: pretty but always behind.
~Malagasy Proverb

Beauty is not sold and eaten.
~Nigerian Proverb

She is like a road – pretty, but crooked.
~Cameroonian Proverb

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

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