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Corporations have neither bodies to be punished nor souls to be damned

Going beyond is as bad as falling short

Girls marry to please parents, widows to please themselves

When your horse in on the brink of a precipice, it is too late to pull the reins

After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless

In his decision the judge with seven reasons gives only one in court

A vacant mind is open to all suggestions, as a hollow mountain returns all sounds

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago The second best time is today

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

A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown

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

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

Misfortune is not that which can be avoided, but that which cannot

Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net

A young doctor makes a full graveyard

A fu purse never lacks freends

Don’t build a new ship out of old wood

Losing comes of winning money

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people

Dogs have so many friends because they wag their tails, not their tongues

To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish

The court official in one life has seven rebirths as a beggar

Be in readiness for favorable winds

Virtuous for ten years is still not enough; evil for one day is too much already