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The palest ink is better than the best memory

You want no one to know it? Then don’t do it

The first hen that cackles is the one that laid the egg

A man must make himself despicable before he is despised by others

Despise learning and make everyone pay for your ignorance

The best doctors are Dr Diet, Dr, Quiet, and Dr Merryman

Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring

Wealth is but dung, useful only when spread

The best soldiers are not warlike

Not wine men intoxicate themselves; not vice men entice themselves

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

No wisdom like silence

Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come

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

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself

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

The broad-minded see the truth in different religions; the narrow-minded see only the differences

He who hurries cannot walk with dignity

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce

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

No melon-peddler cries

An old friend met in a far country is like rain after drought

He painted a tiger, but it turned out a dog

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it