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Some prefer carrots while others like cabbage

A bad worker quarrels with his tools

Careless rat chewing on a cat’s tail

A thorn defends the rose harming only those who would steal the blossom

Medicine can only cure curable disease, and then not always

Do not seek answers; seek to understand the questions

Hold back some goods for a thousand days and you will be sure to sell at a profit

Among ten matchmakers only nine will lie

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

If you beat spice it will smell the sweeter

Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted

It’s your own lantern; don’t poke holes in the paper

Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep

A fly before his own eye is bigger than an elephant in the next field

Learning is a weightless treasure you always carry easy

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping

Pure gold does not fear the smelter

An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold

If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world

A young branch takes on all the bends that one gives it

You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones

Sorrow is the child of too much joy

Virtue practiced to be seen is not real virtue; vice which fears to be seen is real vice

If you share a man’s wealth, try to lessen his misfortune