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A person whose heart is not content is like a snake which tries to swallow an elephant

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out

Far waters cannot quench near fires

Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them

Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes

A beautiful bird is the only kind we cage

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

Rich not gaudy

Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage

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

Rein in the horse at the edge of the cliff

One’s shadow grows larger than life when admired by the light of the moon

The rich man plans for tomorrow, the poor man for today

A frog in a well-shaft seeing the sky

Easier to rule a nation than a son

A person with a bad name is already half-hanged

If you beat spice it will smell the sweeter

He has too many lice to feel an itch

If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well

Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking

A bird does not sing because it has an answer It sings because it has a song

Water that has reached its level does not flow

Be in readiness for favorable winds

Easier to bend the body than the will

Rats know the way of rats