40 Good Swahili Sayings

Swahili is a Bantu language used in East Africa and a member of a people in Zanzibar. This language can be found in places such as Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to include some. With more than 2 to 15 million native speakers, here are some great Swahili sayings to inspire you.

“Adui wa mtu, ni mtu – The enemy of man is man.”

“Afya ni bora kuliko mali – Health is better than wealth.”

“Ahadi ni deni – A promise is a debt.”

“Akili ni mali – Knowledge is wealth.”

“Akili nyingi huondoa maarifa – Too many ideas drive wisdom away.”

“Baada ya dhiki faraja – After hardship comes relief.”

“Bilisi wa mtu ni mtu – The evil spirit of a man is a man.”

“Chema chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza – A good thing sells, a bad thing advertises.”

“Daima bidii, kamba hukata jiwe – Forever persist, a rope cuts stone.”

“Dalili ya mvua mawingu – Clouds are the sign of rain.”

“Damu nzito kuliko maji – Blood is thicker than water.”

“Debe tupu haliachi kuvuma – An empty pot makes the loudest noise.”

“Elfu huanzia moja – A thousand begins with one.”

“Elimu haina mwisho – Education never ends.”

“Haba na haba hujaza kibaba – Little by little fills up the measure.”

“Hapana marefu yasio na mwisho – There is no distance that has no end.”

“Heri kufa macho kuliko kufa moyo – It is better to lose your eyes than to lose your heart.”

“Heri kujikwa kidole kuliko ulimi – Better to stumble with toe than toungue.”

“Hiari ya shinda utumwa – Voluntary is better than force.”

“Jina jema hungara gizani – A good name shines in the dark.”

“Jitihadi haiondoi kudura – Effort will not counter faith.”

“Kila chombo kwa wimblile – Every vessel has its own waves.”

“Kinywa ni jumba la maneno – Mouth is the home of words.”

“Kuishi kwingi ni kuona mengi – To live long is to see much.”

“Kupoteya njia ndiyo kujua njia – To get lost is to learn the way.”

“Kutoa ni moyo usambe ni utajiri – Charity is the matter of the heart not of the pocket.”

“Lipitalo, hupishwa – Things don’t just happen by accidents.”

“Majumba makubwa husitiri mambo – Big houses conceal a lot.”

“Mchezea zuri, baya humfika – He who ridicules the good will be overtaken by evil.”

“Mchimba kisima hungia mwenyewe – He who digs a pit will fall into it himself.”

“Mfuata nyuki hakosi asali – One who follows bees will never fail to get honey.”

“Msema pweke hakosi – One who talks to himself cannot be wrong.”

“Mwamini Mungu si mtovu – He who trusts in God lacks nothing.”

“Mwekaji kisasi haambiwi mwerevu – He who nurses vegeance is not called wise.”

“Paka akiondoka, panya hutawala – when the cat goes away, mice reign.”

“Si kila mwenye makucha huwa simba – Not all that have claws are lions.”

“Taratibu ndiyo mwendo – Slowly is indeed the way to walk.”

“Ukupigao ndio ukufunzao – What beats you is what teaches you.”

“Umoja ni nguvu – Unity is strength.”

“Wapingapo fahali wawili, ziumiazo ni nyasi – When two bulls fight, it is the grass that suffers.”

Here is an easy to follow way explaining how to introduce yourself in Swahili.