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Deer-hunter, waste not your arrow on the hare

Where a chest lieth open, a righteous man may sin

When the mantis hunts the locust, he forgets the shrike that’s hunting him

If a string has one end, then it has another end

A whitewashed crow soon shows black again

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted

A young branch takes on all the bends that one gives it

Wait long, strike fast

Paper can’t wrap up a fire

Easy to enroll a thousand soldiers But, ah, one general!

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without

If a son is uneducated, his father is to blame

If you share a man’s wealth, try to lessen his misfortune

Better be too credulous than too skeptical

Many a good face is under a ragged hat

In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft

Among ten matchmakers only nine will lie

Slander cannot destroy an honest man

Want a thing long enough, and you don’t

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

Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger, but a heart as soft as tofu

Nature is better than a middling doctor

Behind an able man there are always other able men

Enjoy yourself It’s later than you think