A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness. 
Looking at the king’s mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast. 
A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm. 
Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offense he had committed inadvertently? 
Living fire begets cold, impotent ash. 
A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing...Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then know that something is after its life. [20, 203]
- Achebe, Chinua. 1994. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Books.