When I born, I black. When I grow up, I black. When I go in sun, I black. When I scared, I black. When I sick, I black. And when I die, I still black. And you white people. When you born, you pink. When you grow up, you white. When you go in sun, you red. When you cold, you blue. When you scared, you yellow. When you sick, you green And when you die, you grey… And you calling me colored?? Written by an African child and nominated by UN as the Best Poem of 2006.
Beware of a silent man and still water A large expanse of water that is still and does not move is often deep and dangerous. We should be careful of it. In the same way, we should be careful with a person who does not talk much. A still tongue makes a wise head Someone who does not talk much, but listens to other people, probably has experience, knowledge and good judgment. Barking dogs seldom bite Don't be afraid of dogs that bark or people that threaten you (say they will do something bad to you) - in both cases they rarely take action. Say well or be still If you cannot speak good of someone or something, then it is better not to speak. All truths are not to be told Some truths are better left unspoken. It is not always necessary to repeat something even though it be true. Truth needs no colours Facts are facts. What is true is true, and it does not need decoration. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise It is good for us to sleep early in the evening and wake early in the morning. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys An employer who pays low wages will have bad staff. Money doesn't grow on trees It's not easy to get money. We have to work hard to make money. We can't just walk around and pick it like fruit from the trees.