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He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

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Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.

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Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth.

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Teeth do not see poverty.

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Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.

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You have little power over what is not yours.

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An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

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The child of a rat is a rat.

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You cannot name a child that is not born.

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Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

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Better little than too little.

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A bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground.

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A spider cobweb is not only its sleeping spring but also its food trap.

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If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.

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A doctor who invoked a storm on his people cannot prevent his house from destruction.

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The worlds of the elders do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open.

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When the roots of a tree begin to decay, it spreads death to the branches.

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When the shepherd comes home in peace, the milk is sweet.

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You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market.

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The young bird does not crow until it hears the old ones.