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He who runs after good fortune runs away from peace.

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

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The child you sired has not sired you.

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Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.

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Teeth do not see poverty.

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

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

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Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.

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If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.

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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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Better little than too little.

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The food which is prepared has no master.

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Where water is the boss there the land must obey.

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

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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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If you carry the egg basket do not dance.

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