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Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep

Kill one to warn a hundred

Garlands are not for every brow

One family builds the wall, two families enjoy it

No melon-peddler cries

Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge

Slander cannot destroy an honest man

The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be

Easy to keep the castle that was never besieged

Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed at not understanding

Grass fears the frost, frost fears the sun

Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire

Forethought is easy, repentance hard

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

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

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them

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

He has too many lice to feel an itch

Virtue becomes a wife; beauty becomes a concubine

Present to the eye, present to the mind

Never try to catch two frogs with one hand

Better be too credulous than too skeptical

Cursed cows have short horns

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man’s fingers