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Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
Monday is the key day of the week.
Never give advice unless asked.
To advise is easier than to help.
To advise is not to compel.
Who digs a pit for others will fall in themselves.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
The greatest step is out the door.
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.
Between the anvil and the hammer.
An old man loved is winter with flowers.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
The fatter the flea the leaner the dog.
Work is our business; it's success is God s.
To change and change for the better are two different things
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
A clear conscience is a soft pillow.
No answer is also an answer.
Envy eats nothing, but its own heart.
Forever is a long bargain.
In bad fortune hold out, in good hold in.
It is better to trust the eyes rather than the ears.
Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
In the morning of life, work; in the mid day give council; in the evening, pray.
One must either be the hammer or the anvil.
Fair flowers are not left standing along the wayside long.
Office without pay makes thieves.
Always something new, seldom something good.
Too much humility is pride.
What little Jack does not learn, big John will never.
Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.
Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind.
Liberty is God's gift, liberties the devil s.
Luck seeks those who flee and flees those who seek it.
Weeping bride, laughing wife, laughing bride, weeping wife.
A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.
Prudent men woo thrifty women.
An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
Today must not borrow from tomorrow.
Too aim is not enough, you must hit!
Buying is cheaper than asking.
When fortune knocks open the door.
Nothing is as new as something which as been long forgotten.
Those that will not hear must be made to feel.
The worst behaved students turn out to be the most pious preachers.
Begin to weave and God will give the thread.
Nothing weights lighter than a promise.
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
Rest breeds rust.
Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.
A good speaker makes a good liar.
Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
Cunning surpasses strength.
What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can.
He who undertakes to be his own teacher has a fool for a pupil.
The morning hour has gold in its mouth.
Necessity unites.
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.

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