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If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well

Do not allow the sheep to die for a halfpenny of tar

Never try to catch two frogs with one hand

He has too many lice to feel an itch

Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger, but a heart as soft as tofu

If his legs fail him, he fights on his knees

Small men think they are small; great men never know they are great

Farewell and be hanged; friends must part!

Behind an able man there are always other able men

The rich man plans for tomorrow, the poor man for today

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

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength

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

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

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes

Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly

Learning is treasure no thief can touch

Swiftest horse cannot overtake the word once spoken

No wisdom to silence

Patience is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit

One can care little for man, but we need a friend

Kill the chicken to frighten the monkey

Dogs do not dislike poor families

The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him

A single beam cannot support a great house