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Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns

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

Rare commodities are worth more than gold

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without

Farewell and be hanged; friends must part!

Kill a chicken before a monkey

Gold is tested by fire, man by gold

We forget even incense in easy times; come hard times, we embrace the Buddha’s feet

Better a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith

Whenever the water rises, the boat will rise too

Dig a well before you are thirsty

What you cannot avoid, welcome

A person with a bad name is already half-hanged

He that has not bread to spare should not keep a dog

Thatch your roof before rainy weather, dig your well before you become parched with thirst

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish–very gently

You cannot lose what you never had

The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials

To meet an old friend in a distant country is like the delight of rain after a long drought

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere

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

Illness comes in by mouth; ills come out by it

All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws

How can you put out a fire set on a cart-load of firewood with only a cup of water