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

Never answer a letter while you are angry

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

Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man made perfect without trials

What you cannot avoid, welcome

Conquerors are kings; the beaten are bandits

A bird can roost but on one branch, a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river

Virtue becomes a wife; beauty becomes a concubine

Your fingers can’t be of the same length

He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves

He has too many lice to feel an itch

Politeness wins the confidence of princes

Dogs do not dislike poor families

Runaway son, a shining jewel; runaway daughter, tarnished

Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge

It is better to be entirely without a book than to believe it entirely

Medicine can only cure curable disease, and then not always

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones

Don’t build a new ship out of old wood

Great business is good; to sit and sip this glass is better

A false report rides post

Rich men accumulate money; the poor accumulate years

A bar of iron continually ground becomes a needle

Losing comes of winning money