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A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.

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Sincere advice may offend the ear but is beneficial to one

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Honest advice is unpleasant to the ears.

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Good words by the third time will even bore the dogs.

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Never discuss public business while drinking.

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Public business should be conducted publicly.

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Business is thirty percent patience.

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To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep.

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If I'm dreaming, never let me wake. If I'm awake, never let me sleep.

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Heaven lent you a soul Earth will lend a grave.

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Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

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Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.

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A bird does not sing because it has an answer...it sings because it has a song.

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The nail that sticks out must be hammered down.

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

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On a journey of a hundred miles, ninety is but half way.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

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Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

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Laws control the lesser man...Right conduct controls the greater one.

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Climb mountains to see lowlands.

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The tongue like a sharp knife...Kills without drawing blood.

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Not wine...men intoxicate themselves; Not vice...men entice themselves.

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He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years

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The pine stays green in winter...Wisdom in hardship.

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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

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Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

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If you bow at all, bow low.

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To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

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Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.

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When you drink the water, remember the spring.

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Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

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I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.

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The palest ink is better than the best memory.

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Do not employ handsome servants.

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Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

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He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

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Unles we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.

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A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

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A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

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A book holds a house of gold.

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A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

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A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.

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A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

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A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

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A fool judges people by the presents they give him.

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A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.

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Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.

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Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

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Dig the well before you are thirsty.

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Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

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Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.

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Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.

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Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

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If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.

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He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.

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A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

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With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

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Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.

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It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

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If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.

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A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.

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The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.

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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

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The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.

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Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.

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An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.

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