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The child you sired has not sired you.

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Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

3

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

4

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

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He that beats the drum for the mad man to dance is no better than the mad manhimself.

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You have little power over what is not yours.

7

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

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If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.

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The child of a rat is a rat.

10

He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

11

Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.

12

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

13

Teeth do not see poverty.

14

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

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

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

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An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

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You cannot name a child that is not born.

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