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

A good dog does not block the road

If you want an audience, start a fight

The palest ink is better than the best memory

Begin with an error of an inch and end by being a thousand miles off the mark

When the tree waves, wind is stirring

A chicken is hatched even from such a well-sealed thing as an egg

The sheep has no choice when in the jaws of the wolf

Rule the roost

The man who wakes up and finds himself famous hasn’t been asleep

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow

Of all meat in the world drink goes down the best

You must scale the mountains if you would view the plain

Dangerous enemies will meet again in narrow streets

Beat your drum inside the house to spare the neighbors

To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root

Many books do not use up words; many words do not use up thoughts

I dreamed a thousand new paths I woke and walked my old one

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

No mill, no meal

One joy shatters a hundred griefs

If you are standing upright, don’t worry if your shadow is crooked

Men fated to be happy need not haste

Conquerors are kings; the beaten are bandits

A country where flowers are priced so as to make them a luxury has yet to learn the first principles of civilization