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No matter how stout one beam, it cannot support a house

Failing to plan is planning to fail

A whitewashed crow soon shows black again

Reshape one’s foot to try to fit into a new shoe

A man must despise himself before others will

Great business is good; to sit and sip this glass is better

It takes little effort to watch a man carry a load

Politeness wins the confidence of princes

One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him

Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge

One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor among them When it comes to three, they have to go thirsty

The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night

Who rides a tiger cannot dismount

What is whispered in your ear is often heard a hundred miles off

A wicked companion invites us all to hell

So lovers, to their fair one fondly blind, E’en on her ugliness with transport gaze

Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it

Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely

Fight fire with fire

Large demands on oneself and little demands on others keep resentment at bay

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses

Once bitten by a snake, he is scared all his life at the mere sight of a rope

Rather once cry your heart out than always sigh

Friend, do not try to borrow combs from shaven monks