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He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

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The child you sired has not sired you.

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The child of a rat is a rat.

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

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Better little than too little.

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An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

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Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.

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If you pick up one end of the stick you also pick up the other.

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Teeth do not see poverty.

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He who is unable to dance says that the yard is stony.

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If you carry the egg basket do not dance.

12

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

13

No matter how beautiful and well crafted a coffin might look, it will not make anyone wish for death.

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

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You cannot name a child that is not born.

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When you befriend a chief remember that he sits on a rope.

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

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The food which is prepared has no master.

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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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You have little power over what is not yours.