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Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.
Something you don't want is dear at any price.
The gods sell all things at a fair price.
Give neither counsel or salt till you are asked for it.
The best counselors are the dead.
The counsel you would have another keep, first keep yourself.
If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well.
Good advice is beyond all price.
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
Try and trust will move mountains.
A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.
Danger past, God forgotten.
By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome
If the young knew and the old could, there is nothing that couldn't be done.
Old age though despised, is coveted by all.
We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
All things are becoming to good people.
The best mirror is an old friend.
Wide will wear, but tight will tear.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
Children and drunks always speak the truth.
There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.
A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.
Better a lean agreement than a fat lawsuit.
Slow help is no help.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.
The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.
An eagle does not catch flies.
The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.
No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves.
Soft words win hard hearts.
Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it.
Contraries are cured by contraries.
People who have little to do are excessive talkers.
The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.
The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.
A wicked book cannot repent.
People lend only to the rich.
Quick to borrow is always slow to pay.
Who goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
When two friends have a common bank account, one sings and the other weeps.
Caution is the parent of safety.
When a fox preaches, take care of your geese.
There is nothing certain, but the uncertain.
The end justifies the means.
He that is doing nothing is seldom in need of helpers.
The hardest work of all is to do nothing.
The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.
From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.
It's tough trying to keep your feet on the ground, your head above the clouds, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel, your finger on the pulse, your eye on the ball and your ear to the ground.
Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.
Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.
Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking.
Curses are like chickens, they always come home.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.
Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.
Rebuke should have a grain more of salt than of sugar.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Some who will not speak against another, in the end does them harm.
Some have been thought brave because they didn't have the courage to run away.
To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.
All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.
Great thieves punish little ones.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
Custom is a tyrant.
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
We come and cry and that is life, we cry and go and that is death.
Better to go to bed hungry than to wake up in debt.
Out of debt, out of danger.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Attack is the best form of defense.
First deserve then desire.
Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire.
Measure three times before you cut once.
When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing.
It is better to run back than run the wrong way.
Step by step one goes very far.
You cannot be lost on a road that is straight.
Better a living dog than a dead lion.
How to dress? When the money is going from you wear anything you like. When the money is coming to you, dress your best.
Talk well of your friends and of your enemies say nothing.
Six feet of earth make all men equal.
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
One's best fortune, or, their worst is their spouse.
Speedy exception is the mother of good fortune.
An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.
Practice what you preach.
Precept guides, but example draws.
The eye is the mirror of the soul.
What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.
The face is the index of the mind.
When someone is going downhill everyone likes to give them a kick.
Weave in faith and God will find the thread.
A scalded cat dreads cold water.
He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.
That fear may reach all, punish but few.
Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.
Fire is never a gentle master
If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us.
Many lick before they bite.
Think of many things, do only one.
Gluttony kills more than the sword.
Hunger is a good cook.
Much meat, much disease.
Seven's a banquet nine a brawl.
The most dangerous food to eat is a wedding cake.
The fool is always beginning to live.
Force without forecast is to little avail.
A reconciled friend is a double enemy.
Forgive and forget.
Never repeat old grievances.
Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you.
A friend is someone who doesn't like the same people you do.
Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.
Short judgments make long friends.
The time to make friends is before you need them.
Tomorrow never comes.
Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.
Gifts dissolve rocks.
Gifts make their way through stone walls.
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
It is better to finish something than begin.
Man does what he can, God does what he will.
Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.
Grief is light that is capable of counsel.
Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Where one is wise two are happy.
Many can bear adversity, but few contempt.
Some evils are cured by contempt.
That which is escaped now is pain to come.
''They say'' is often a great liar.
No sheath shall hold what finds its home in flesh.
Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.
The heart that truly loves never forgets.
A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.
Ease and honor are seldom bedfellows.
A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.
Quit not certainty for hope.
Kings have many ears and eyes.
Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.
A light heart lives long.
He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows. He breathes, but does not live.
Live today for tomorrow it will all be history.
Young people talk of what they are doing; old people of what they have done; and fools of what they have a mind to do.
He who begins and does not finish loves their pains.
Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant.
What you don't know can't hurt you .
Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
Even rabbits insult an dead lion.
Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.
Kind words are worth much and they cost little.
Who knows most believes least.
Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.
Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.
Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.
Possession is nine tenths of the law.
The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.
The more laws the less justice.
Where the law is uncertain there is no law.
By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
Sloth is the key to poverty.
Among the blind the one eyed is king.
An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than a an army of lions commanded by a stag.
We learn by teaching.
He has hard work who has nothing to do.
The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains.
A hungry stomach has no ears.
Never tell your story to a deaf man.
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow.
Love can neither be bought or sold, its only price is love.
Love laughs at locksmiths.
Love rules his kingdom without a sword.
A jack of both sides, is before long, trusted by nobody, and abused by both parties.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Luck is the idol of the idle.
Civility costs nothing.
Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.
Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.
Marrying is easy, it's housework that's hard.
Those that marry for money sell their liberty.
Three things drive a man outdoors; smoke, a leaking roof and a scolding wife.
You'll repent if you marry, and repent if you don't.
The multitude is always wrong.
Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty.
He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.
Quackery has no friend like gullibility.
One lives in the world's memory only by what they have done in the world's behalf.
Nature surpasses nurture.
People blame themselves for the purpose of being praised.
Praise makes good people better and bad people worse.
God helps them that help themselves.
Silent men like still waters, are deep and dangerous.
Offenders never pardon.
Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.
Money spent on the mind is never spent in vain.
There is no greater misfortune, than to not be able to endure misfortune.
Let not turn fun to mischief.
The poor man's budget is full of schemes.
When money is taken freedom is forsaken.
A mother's heart is always with her children.
Don't spur a willing horse.
The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch.
Tell the truth and then run.
Time tries truth.
Truth fears nothing but concealment.
Truth is the daughter of time.
Hedges between keep friendships green.
Opportunities neglected can never be recovered.
The back of one door is the face of another.
Ownership is to fear.
Patience when teased is often transformed into rage.
Patience, money and time bring all things to past.
Rome was not built in a day.
If you wish for peace be ready for war.
When we can't find peace in ourselves it is vain to look for it elsewhere.
Never say die.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
If you can't get people to listen to you any other way, tell them it's confidential.
Persuasion is better than force.
That which proves too much, proves nothing!
When a heart is on fire, sparks always fly out of the mouth.
Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.
Short lived pleasure is the parent of pain.
The one who pleased everybody died before they were born.
Poverty has no greater foe than bashfulness.
When poverty comes in the door love flies out the window.
He who pays the piper calls the tune.
Unless a serpent devour a serpent it will not become a dragon. Unless one power absorb another, it will not become great.
No one can pray well, but those who live well.
One hour in the execution of justice is worth seventy years of prayer.
Short prayers reach heaven.
No price is too low for a bear or too high for a bull.
Pride and poverty don't get along, but often live together.
One of these days, is none of these days.
We hate delays by others, but sometimes it makes us wise.
Every convenience brings its own inconveniences along with it.
He loses his thanks who promises and delays.
There are no greater promisers than those who have nothing to give.
Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose.
Could everything be done twice it would be done better.
Pay beforehand if you would have your work poorly done.
Quicker by taking more time.
Respect starts with yourself.
The burden one likes is cheerfully carried.
How beautiful is it to do nothing, and then rest afterward.
Riches have wings.
Silence implies consent.
The silent dog is the first to bite.
Simplicity is the seal of truth.
A little body often harbors a great soul.
The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.
Speak and the man shall be shown.
Speak little and to the purpose.
Speak when you are spoken to.
Talking without thinking is like shooting without taking aim.
The less people think the more they talk.
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.
What is a big shot except a little shot that kept on shooting.
He who does not research has nothing to teach.
In teaching others we teach ourselves.
Never offer to teach a fish to swim.
To teach well, we need not say all that we know, Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under.
Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, while everything superfluous runs over as from a full container. Who knows much says least.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Lost time is never found again.
Now is the watchword of the wise.
Soon enough is well enough.
The longest day soon comes to an end.
Visits always give pleasure; if not the arrival, the departure.
The noblest vengeance is to forgive.
Great is the victory that is gained without bloodshed.
A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.
As the person who has health is young, so the person who owes nothing is rich.
You can't take it with you when you go.
The one who wills is the one who can.
When the will is ready the feet are light.
Who wills the end, wills the means.
By others faults the wise correct their own.
Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.
A good wife and health is a mans best wealth.
No wonder lasts over three days.
A dog that barks much is never a good hunter.
No bees, no honey; no work, no money.
Plaster thick, some will stick.
Want is the mother of industry.
Too much zeal spoils everything.
Zeal is like fire: it needs both feeding and watching.
If you love it let it go. If it returns to you cherish it, if not it was never truly yours.
Women must have their wills while they live, because they make none when they die.
The mother-in-law remembers not that she was a daughter-in-law.
Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
Truth fears no trial.
May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.             Traditional Gypsy Curse
May your every wish be granted.             Ancient Chinese Curse
May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.              Traditional Arab Curse
Patience is the best medicine.
May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.             Traditional Gypsy Curse
May your every wish be granted.             Ancient Chinese Curse
May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.              Traditional Arab Curse
Patience is the best medicine.
An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.
Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent.


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