Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment) - Africa

Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment)

Self-awareness & Self-insight

  • We are what our thinking makes us: Nigeria.
  • Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand: Guinea.
  • Those who are happy at home should remain at home.

Independency & Steadfastness

  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks: Egypt.

Limitlessness & Freedom

  • Happiness often sneaks through your door when you left the door open.
  • Dance even if the hump on your back does not allow you.

Usefulness & Meaning

  • Ubuntu: I am a person through other people. (Zulu)
    • Desmond Tutu said: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu, the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. We believe that a person is a person through other persons.. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed
    • "I am, like because of who we all are." Ubuntu signifies emphatically that: “The life of another person is at least as valuable as one’s own,” and that “Respect for the dignity of every person is integral to this concept.”
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Experience & Feeling alive

  • Those who are absent are always wrong: Congo.

Helpfulness & Attentiveness

  • Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

Engagement & Sense of surroundings

  • Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot pour it all on others without allowing a few drops to fall on yourself.
  • The chameleon changes color to match the earth; the earth doesn’t change colors to match the chameleon: Senegal.

Goal Orientation & Sense of perspective

  • The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day.
  • The chameleon looks in all directions before moving: Uganda.
  • Anxious about the shoe, but careless about the foot.

Balance & Stability

  • If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building, or do you change the nail?
  • Who swims never sinks.

Result awareness & Positivity

  • There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree : Cameroon.

Connectivity & Contacts

  • Lonely is one: Masai.
  • Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.

Attention & Focus

  • Coffee and love taste best when hot: Ethiopia.
  • He who learns teaches: Ethiopia.
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