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

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

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The child you sired has not sired you.

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Better little than too little.

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He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

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An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

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Where water is the boss there the land must obey.

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You cannot name a child that is not born.

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

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If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.

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Teeth do not see poverty.

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The food which is prepared has no master.

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

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

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Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.

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The child of a rat is a rat.

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Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

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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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Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.

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