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1

Teeth do not see poverty.

2

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

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Where water is the boss there the land must obey.

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

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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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The child of a rat is a rat.

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

10

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

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You cannot name a child that is not born.

12

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

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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.

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Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.

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Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

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The child you sired has not sired you.

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An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

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