Jamaican Proverbs

Jamaican Proverbs on Self-reliance

Do you know what the proverb ” Beg waata cyaan bwile cow ‘kin” means? Learn it’s meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on “Self-reliance “.

Beg waata cyaan bwile cow ‘kin.
TRANSLATION: Begged water cannot boil cow skin.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: In order to achieve your goals you cannot depend on others
You can’t get through begging the amount of water it takes to boil a cow skin, so you have to depend on yourself instead. “Begging won’t solve your problem.”

Cowad man kip soun bone
TRANSLATION: A cowardly man keeps sound bones.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: It is better to be thought of as a coward than to give away one’s life through impetuous behaviour.
In some cases, it is better to be careful than to take needless risks impulsively.
“The man who fights and runs away, will live to fight another day”.

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