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When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
The innkeeper loves a drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.

With money in your pocket you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well too.


I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.


Where there is a will, there is a way
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Make sure to send a lazy man the angel of death.
I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes -- until I met a man who had no feet.
You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.
Locks keep out only the honest.
If you can't go over, you must go under.
Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.

One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.


Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing.
The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to no one.
God is closest to those with broken hearts.
If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.
Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.
What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.
All things grow with time -- except grief.
He who puts up with insult invites injury.
You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence.
When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.
Loneliness breaks the spirit.
It is easier to guard a sack full of fleas than a girl in love.
Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.
If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.
A mother understands what a child does not say.
God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
He that does not bring up his son to some honest calling and employment, brings him up to be a thief.
Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.
Pride is the mask of one's own faults.
The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.
Against stupidity; God Himself is helpless.
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.


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