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Take a second look; it costs you nothing

A man must plough with such oxen as he hath

Life isn’t all beer and skittles

Keep your chin up

The weasel comes to say Happy New Year! to the chickens

On entering a country, ask what is forbidden, on entering a village, ask what are the customs, on entering a private house, ask what should not be mentioned

The pitcher doth not go so often to the well, but it comes home broken at last

How can you expect to find ivory in a dog’s mouth?

Many a little make a mickle

You can’t clap with one hand only

Sorrow is the child of too much joy

Not wine men intoxicate themselves; not vice men entice themselves

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own

Schoolmaster, stick to your books; farmer, to your pigs

Politics makes strange bedfellows

Beat your drum inside the house to spare the neighbors

Give a beggar a bed and he’ll repay you with a louse

The older the ginger, the more it bites

Better be too credulous than too skeptical

A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds

Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it

Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel

Learning is like rowing upstream

Happy people never count hours as they pass

Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight