First love is like a snake; if it doesn't destroy you, it will paralyze you.
You can suffer without love, but you can't love without suffering.
3. Avar, Russian Caucasus
Yield to the desires of your body, then endure the disasters that follow.
4. Hausa, Nigeria/Niger
When the heart gives orders, the body becomes its slave.
Love has wings on its shoulders; matrimony has crutches under its arms.
6. Punjabi, India
There are a thousand miseries in one love.
He that marries for love, dies miserably of anger.
Love is like a nettle that stings badly.
Love is like soup, the first mouthful is very hot, and the ones that follow become gradually colder.
10. Malagasy, Madagascar
Love is like seaweed: You go to her, she leaves you, you leave her, she follows you.
The promises of the night, made of butter, melt when the first sunrays appear.
Source: Never Marry a Woman With Big Feet: Women in proverbs from around the world. Mineke Schipper. Yale University Press, 2003.
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