A crab never forget he hole
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There's no place like home.

A lia is fugetful
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A dishonest person can't remember to keep his story straight.

All crab fine dey hole
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Everyone finds their place in life.

Alligator lay egg, but him now fowl
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Things are not always as they seem.

Bad ting neva got owner
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No one wants to take responsibility for a mistake or bad situation

Betta belly buss dan good food waste
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It is better to overeat than to waste great food.

Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf
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When the mighty fall on hard times, they are disrespected by all.

Blood falla vein
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Family comes first

Breeze blow pelikin same place him waa go
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Some people will change direction or opinion to suit the moment

Cat a ketch rat, but he a teef he massa fish.
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Good and evil often come from the same source.

Chicken merry, hawk de near.
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Danger lurks nearby when there is too much merriment and excitement.

Cockroach nu go da fowl dance
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Don't go where you don't belong.

Crab walk too much lose him claw
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If you overuse a thing you will break or lose it.

Crow does fly high, but when e come down, de ants does still eat out e eye
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When the mighty fall on hard times, they are disrespected by all.

Dawg a sweat and long hair hide it
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Things are not always as they seem

De dog dat bring a bone will caah one
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The person that gossips to you will gossip about you.

De las' calf kill di cow
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The final straw breaks the camel's back - Doing something once too many can cause disaster.

Donkey got long ear but he don' like to hear he own story
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People don't like to take criticism.

Dutty water will out fyah
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Every thing has its use.

Empty bag cyaa stan up
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A hungry person cannot work

Every mickle mek a muckle
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Every little bit adds up

Every tub affi sit on it own bottom.
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Every person will have to take responsibility for his own life and actions.

Fattening frog for snake
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Taking care of a woman only for a next man to enjoy her.

Fisherman never smell he own basket
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People are oblivious to their own faults and flaws

Fowl whe feed a yard nu hard fi ketch
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It is easy to catch up to someone who is avoiding or running away from you when that person depends on you for something essential.

Fus laaf anno laaf
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He who laughs last, laughs best

Goat doh make sheep
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Children turn out like their parents.

Han napkin tun tablecloth
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Someone who has advanced in life and now looks down on others

Hog ask he mumma "whe mek yu mout so long?". He mumma say "nu worry chile, you soon fine out"
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Experience teaches wisdom

Hog say the fus water im ketch im walla
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Take advantage of the first opportunity.

Hungry mek cat eat salt
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Necessity or hard times forces people to do strange things

If yu cyaa get turkey, satisfy wid John Crow.
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Make the best of a bad situation, and be content with what you have.

If yu waa good, yu nose affi run
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Success requires hard work

Igle jackass follow cane trash go a poun
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People who have nothing to do, or are bored do stupid things to kill time

John Crow tink he pickny white
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Parents think their children are saints, different from other children

Lessa fowl, lessa shit
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Fewer people, fewer problems.

Man hate yu, he gi yu basket fi carry wata
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People who dislike you will give you difficult or impossible tasks

Mek sure betta dan cock sure
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It is better to verify than to assume

Neva drap di bone fi ketch di shadow
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Don't lose what you have because of greed for more.

Nu matta how boar hog hide unda sheep wool, him grunt betray him
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People's true colours will always come to the surface

Ole fyah stick easy fi ketch
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It's easier to rekindle a romantic relationship than to start a new one with someone new.

One one coco full basket
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Little by little the task will be completed

Peacock hide him foot when him hear 'bout him tail.
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A proud person hides his weaknesses when praised.

Pepper bun hot but it good fi curry
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Harsh advice may be good for you

Play wid puppy he lick yu mout
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Familiarity breeds contempt

Puss belly full him say rat batty stink
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Only satisfied people can afford to be choosy.

Rockstone a riva bottom nu know sun hot
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Sheltered persons don't know true hardship or troubles.

Same knife kill sheep kill goat
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The thing you do to others can be done to you.

So much mout cyaa set fi tell di same lie
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If everybody makes the same accusation then there must be some truth in it.

Studyation betta dan education
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Common sense is better than formal education or learning.

Two poor cow does make good dung
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People of limited means can improve themselves by working together and combining resources

We don't play hockey, we heat hockey -- Shabba Ranks
Wha nu kill fatten
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That which does not destroy you makes you stronger

When bone nu provide, dog nu de
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One is not welcome where one is not invited

When jackass smell corn him gallop
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Use the right encouragement for the each person

When pickny waa cry, yuh only look pan dem an dem cry
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Some people love to complain, and will complain about every and anything

When trouble ketch yu, pickny shut fit you
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People squeeze themselves into tight situations in order to escape trouble.

White mout fowl does eat and den wipe he mout in grass
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Some people will never show gratitude.

Yu can' plant yam and reap eddoe
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Your reward or punishment is in line with your actions

Yuh borrow money, i mek enemy
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Debt always comes between friends and family

A eyeful en a bellyful
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Seeing is different from having.

All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way
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People may look alike, but all act differently

All fish does bite but shark does get di blame.
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Those with a history of bad behaviour are always the first ones accused

Alligator shouldn't call hog long mout.
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You shouldn't belittle or criticise others when you have the same faults.

Before monkey buy trousers, him affi know whe fi put him tail
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Make sure the fashions of other suit you before you rush to adopt them.

Better fish in di sea dan wha get ketch
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There's always a better lover than your current one.

Blood can't wash out wit blood
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Two wrongs don't make a right.

Blood ticka dan water, but water taste better
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Dealing with friends or strangers is often better than dealing with family

Bucket wid hole a battam nu have no business a riverside
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Don't criticise others when you have faults of your own.

Changie black dog fuh monkey
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To make an exchange for something equally bad or worse than the original

Cock mout kill cock
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Choose your words with care lest you draw unpleasant or unwanted attention to yourself.

Common sense make before book sense.
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Not all useful knowledge comes from books or formal learning.

Crave all, get none at all
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Excessive greed puts one in danger of losing everything.

Dance a yard before yu dance abroad
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Practice good behaviour at home before you go outside.

Dawg whe eat egg neva stop
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Bad habits are hard to break

De higher de monkey climb de more he show he tail
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The more one shows off, the more one is vulnerable to ridicule and criticism.

Di ola di moon di brighta di shine
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Age brings widsom

Dutty han mek greasy mout
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Work hard and you will eat well and enjoy the fruits of life

Ebery pat gat a kibber
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There's someone for everyone.

Every day da nu Sundeh
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You can't rest every day, sometimes you have to work

Every rope gat two ends.
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Every story has two sides.

Falla fashion monkey caahn buy good soup
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People will deprive themselves of basic necessities in order to keep up with the fashions of others.

Finger neba say look ya, him say look yonda.
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People never point out their own faults.

Fool fool daag bark afta moonlight
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Fools worry about everything

Fus food da nu fool
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Don't blame the first one deceived.

Fyah de a mus mus tail, him tink a cool breeze
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Some people are happily oblivious to the trouble or dangers hanging over them.

Good soup neva meet good fufu
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Good things rarely happen at the same time

Hand go, hand come.
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As you give, so shall you receive.

Hog know where to rub he skin
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Bullies know exactly who they can abuse.

Howdy an tenk yu nu bruk no square
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It never costs anything to be polite.

If blackbird fly wid pigeon he will get shoot
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You are judged by the company you keep.

If yu nu check di watah, nu tek off yu shoe
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Look before you leap

If yu want half a bread beg it, if yu want one, buy it yuself
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If you want a job done right, do it yourself

Jackass seh di worl nu level
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Life isn't fair.

Kine word neva bruk jawbone
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You'll never get beat up for saying something nice or polite

Likkle alligator tun big alligator
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Children invariably adopt all the bad attributes of their parents.

Man nu dead, nu call dem duppy
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Don't underestimate people

Mischief come by di poun and go by di ounce
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It only takes a little effort or few words to start a lot of trouble.

No stop a donkey whe yu no own
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Mind your own business.

Nutt'n beat a trial but a failure.
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You can't succeed if you don't try.

One one blow does kill ole cow
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Simple or minor annoyances may build up to cause major damage

One plate a dinner nu fatten maaga dog
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One piece of good luck doesn't do much to change a bad state of affairs

People nuh stone mango tree when it naw bear.
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People attack you for your successes

Plantain nu eat like rice
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Make do with what is available to you

Poun a fret cyaa pay ounce a debt
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Worrying does not improve a bad situation.

Rat mout does sell he head
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Talking too much gets one in trouble

Sake a mout fish get ketch
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Talking too much gets one in trouble

Sick nu care, doctor worst
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If you don't care about your own problems, don't expect anyone else to care

Sorry fi mawga daag dem tun roun bite you.
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No good deed goes unpunished.

Thief neva like fi see thief with long bag
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Those who prosper by illegal or crooked means dislike those who are more successful than themselves via the same means

Want all, lose all.
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Excessive greed puts one in danger of losing everything.

Wen da tree ben yu cyaa straighten it
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Train children properly before it's too late

Wha sweeten yu mouth goin bitter yu tail.
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That which causes merriment and pleasure now will cause grief and sorrow later.

When cockroach mek dance e no invite fowl
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Don't invite trouble.

When man no gat nutt'n fu do he go da sabana an tell cow maanin
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People who have nothing to do, or are bored do stupid things to kill time

When rat like ramp roun puss jaw, one day him gwine en up in puss craw
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If you continually flirt with danger you will eventually get hurt.

When yuh en got horse, ride cow.
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Use the resources available to you.

Young bud nu know storm
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The young and inexperienced don't understand true troubles or hardships.

Yu shake man han, yu nu shake him heart
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Appearances can be deceiving

Yuh caan stan in de road an sih de leak in somebody else house
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Unless you're close to someone you don't know the true nature of their problems