My favorite Haitian proverbs

Number one:

The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel.

Here is a list of some others. How about this?

The goat which has many owners will be left to die in the sun.

Or this:

Ignorance doesn’t kill you, but it does make you sweat a lot.

Another list offers what is surely a current thought of Aristide’s:

I give you a room and now you want my living room.

Here are some Haitian proverbs explained, some in scatological fashion.

George Bush could have used these two:

Pal franse pa di lespri pou sa.
To speak French doesn’t mean you are smart.


Li pale franse.
He speaks French. (A person likely is deceiving you)