November 14, 2008

Swahili Proverb of the Day #2

"Mtu ajipigaye mwenyewe hali"

This proverb is found in Tippu Tip's autobiography, and it is translated by W.H. Whiteley as "the man who hits himself doesn't cry." Literally it can be read as "the person who hits himself/herself are themselves responsible for their condition."


Anonymous,  November 14, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

What would you say the meaning was? When I read it I see several meanings somewhat related but essentially different.

Ma salaam

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