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Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box

He who is not impatient is not in love.


Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.


Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
When the danger is past God is cheated.
Old wine and friends improve with age.
A little man often cast a long shadow.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Bed is the poor man's opera.
There is no robber worse than a bad book.
Beware of one who has nothing to lose.
The person who lives by hope will die by despair.
Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast.
Of what does not concern you say nothing good or bad.
After the game the King and pawn go into the same box.
He that jokes confesses.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Our last garment is made without pockets.
To him who is determined it remains only to act.
Speak of the Devil and he appears.
If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.
He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.
Often he who does too much does too little.
The fool has to do at last what the wise did at first.
Big mouthfuls often choke.
He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.
The healthy die first.
He gains a great deal who loses a vain hope.
Hope is the last to abandon the unhappy.
Hunger is the best sauce.
The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp.
He who knows little quickly tells it.
Never do that by proxy which you can do yourself.
The right man comes at the right time.
He who is not impatient is not in love.
Substance is not enough, accident is also required.
The buyer needs a hundred eyes; the seller but one.
The best way to get praise is to die.
If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.
Misfortune does not always result in harm.
Moderate profits fill the purse.
Money begets money.
Where gold speaks every tongue is silent.

If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity.


At a round table there is no dispute about place.
The best armor is to keep out of range.
Voice of one, voice of none.
When God punishes a land, he deprives it leaders of wisdom.
Reason lies between the bridle and the spur.
The rich never have to seek out their relatives.
The just man may sin with an open chest of gold before him.
After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved.
He who knows little knows enough if he knows how to hold is tongue.
A hundred wagon loads of thoughts will not pay a single ounce of debt.
Of the wealth of the world each has as much as they take.
Public money is like holy water; everyone helps himself to it.


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