Two African Proverbs

By Paulo Coelho

“When someone is biting your hand, you should not strike his head.”
(Anonymous)

“He who saw the lion does not run in the same way as he who heard the lion.”
(Tank-Aka)

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  1. Agnieszka says:

    I'm not sure I understand the first but the second..
    when you don't see from where the roar is coming, you can only presume the way to run..?
    love
    Agnieszka

  2. Nia Wind says:

    and who life with the lion…
    learned to handle him…

  3. Agnieszka says:

    yes, you’re right dear Miriam, thank you

    love
    Agnieszka

  4. barcelona 20 euros en un cafe says:

    Dear Agnieszka,

    I think that someone biting your hand it’s a image to say someone attack you. And yes,it’sthe first impulse, but we must not strike, we must open the mouth of which are you bitten … I think that is to say that we have to think before acting opposite an attack … Or not? the truth is that it’s a good question …

    Kisses from Barcelona,

    Miriam

  5. Agnieszka says:

    I think I understand, although why does someone is biting your hand in the first place? and also isn’t it the first reaction, the impulse, when someone is attacking you?
    love
    Agnieszka

  6. barcelona_20_euros_en_un_cafe says:

    I think that the fist proverb say if somebody hurts you, it’s not good idea help him to hurt you.
    If somebody bit you and you hit his head the tooth press your hand a lot…
    I’m not sure if I explain it well… :-)

    Kisses from Barcelona,

    Miriam

  7. Catherine says:

    If someone is biting on your hand; the pain won’t be stopped by fending them off (strike the head?)
    … in fact they will bite down even harder..

    that is my interpretation .. bit gruesome really :(

  8. Fabrizia says:

    Dear Agnieszka,

    I’m not sure I understand the first …….

    Me too,
    bye

  9. Agnieszka says:

    I’m not sure I understand the first but the second..
    when you don’t see from where the roar is coming, you can only presume the way to run..?
    love
    Agnieszka

  10. barcelona 20 euros en un cafe says:

    Son dos proverbios interesantes :-) y realistas…

    These two proverbs are really interesting :-) and are really true.