Consider this proverb from Ethiopia; The mouse is silent while laboring, but when the baby is conceived, she cries.
The moon and the stars are not above us, the Earth is on the other side of our feet. -Moroccan proverb
Here’s from Bahumba people of Congo: To engage in conflict, one does not bring a knife that cuts but a needle that sews.
This is a Bambara proverb: No matter how long a log stays in the water, it doesn’t become a crocodile.
Here is an interesting Akan tribe (Ghana) proverb: a rat says, what belongs to me, is in my stomach and not in my mouth. Explanation:
We should put out fire while it is still small… Kenyan proverb. There’s an Igbo version for this proverb: Remove the Monkeys hand from soup