Methali: MSTAHIMILIVU HULA MBIVU
Meaning: A patient man will eat ripe fruits.
Application: Patience pays/patience will be rewarded.
Methali: MTAKA CHA MVUNGUNI SHARTI AINAME
Meaning: He who requires what is under the bed must stoop for it.
Application: Hard work pays and nothing comes for free in life/you have to do whatever is necessary in order to achieve a goal).
Methali: MTAKA YOTE HUKOSA YOTE
Meaning: He who desires all, misses all.
Application: Grasp all, lose all. Do not try to achieve too many goals at once.
Methali: MTOTO AKILILIA WEMBE MPE
Meaning: When a child cries for a razor, give it to him/her
Application: A burnt child dreads fire. Children learn from experience/or what they live.
Methali: MTUMAI CHA NDUGU HUFA YUNGALI MASIKINI
Meaning: One who looks to his brother for his maintenance will die a destitute.
Application: Financial security/prosperity in life is earned and not inherited.
Methali: MWENYE KELELE HANA MANENO
Meaning: A noisy person is harmless.
Application: Much cry little wolf; or His bark is worse than his bite.
Methali: MWENYE NGUVU MPISHE
Meaning: Let a strong man pass.
Application: Brain is better than a brawl. Give way to a strong person. You cannot fight those who are stronger than you.
Methali: NGOJA! NGOJA! HUUMIZA MATUMBO
Meaning: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! harms the stomach.
Application: Time and tide waits for no man. Procrastination can ruin job performance.
Methali: NJIA YA MWONGO NI FUPI
Meaning: The way of a liar is short (i.e. he soon comes to grief).
Application: Short cuts are dangerous in life. Honesty is important in life.