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JUNE 1, 2000




If love be timid it is not true.
Compare your griefs with other men'sand they will seem less.
What one does, one becomes.
He who sings frightens away his ills.
He who fears death enjoys not life.
Knowledge without sense is twofold folly.
Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool.


Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.
Silence betokens consent.
Thinking is the essence of wisdom.


He saith little that loveth much.
Keep company with good men, and you'll increase their number.
A book whose sale's forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three.
Tell a woman she is beautiful and the devil will repeat it to her ten times.
Proverbs bear age, and he who would do well may view himself in them as in a looking glass.
A man should learn to sail in all winds.
He conquers who endures.
The same fire purifies gold and consumes straw.
If young men had wit and old men strength everything might be well done.
Wit without discression is a sword in the hand of a fool.


He who prizes little things is worthy of great ones.
A man shows his character by what he laughs at.
Do not despise an insignificant enemy or a slight wound.
There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so.
Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors.


The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more; and all good things are yours.


If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.
The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.



The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.


One cannot tell what passes through the heart of a man by the look on his face.
If you have to kill a snake, kill it once and for all.
The path of duty lies in what is near at hand; and men seek for it in what is remote.
The peeble in the brook secretely thinks itself a precious stone.
One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at their collars.
When the cat mourns for the mouse do not take her seriously.
One written word is worth a thousand pieces of gold.


He who boasts of his descent is like the potato; the best part of him is underground.
That day is lost on which one has not laughed.


When the fox cannot reach the grapes he says they are not ripe.
Terrifying are the weaknesses of power.
We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and talk the less.


Though honey is sweet, do not lick it off a briar.
Winter comes fast on the lazy.
When the fruit is scarcest its taste is sweetest.
It's no use going to the goat's house to look for wool.


Those who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.
As one may ascend to the housetop by ladder, rope, or bamboo, so there are many ways to reach God.


Its no use to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.


An idle brain is the devil's workshop.


Don't marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper.



God did not create woman from man's head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side, that she should be near his heart.
Who is the bravest hero? He who turns an enemy into a friend.
Judge not thy neighbor until thou art come into his place.
A reconciliation without an explanation that error lay on both sides is not a true reconciliation.
Make not a fence more expensive or more important than the thing that is fenced.
Bad neighbors count a man's income, but not his expenses.
Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide.
Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows in such a generation the small will listen to the great.
Who is wise? He who can learn from every man.
If a word spoken in its time is worth one piece of money, silence in its time is worth the two.
Whoever teaches his son teaches not alone his son but also his son's son, and so on to the end of generations.


The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen.
A mile walked withn a friend has only one hundred steps.
If you go to war pray once; if you go on a sea journey pray twice; but pray three times when you are going to get married.
A guest has not to thank the host, but the host the guest.
The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living.
If the child does not cry, the mother knows not its wants.
You look for the horse you ride on.
What the young one begs for, the grown-up throws away.
As long as the sun shines one does not ask for the moon.
The future belongs to him who knows how to wait.
Having a good wife and rich cabbage soup, seek not other things.


Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.



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