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Man fools himself. He prays for a long life, and he fears an old age.

It takes a year to make a friend, but you can lose one in an hour.

Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.

With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.

If a little money does not go out, great money will not come in.

When rats infest the palace, a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse.

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

He who hurries can not walk with dignity.

To be damned by the devil is to be truly blessed.

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

Of all the 36 alternatives, running away is best.

Do not employ handsome servants.

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.

A man without a smiling face should not open a shop.

He who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time.

When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.

All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.

The wise man does not lay up treasure. The more he gives the more he has.

One picture is worth more than a thousand words.

The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Outside noisy, inside empty.

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.

No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

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

Excuses are easy to manufacture and hard to sell.

To teach is to learn.

I dreamed a thousand new paths... I woke and walked my old one.

Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

The people follow the example of those above them.

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Good sayings are like pearls strung together.

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

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Dig the well before you are thirsty.

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.

The gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.

Those who set their minds on virtue will do no evil.

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