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With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.

A Jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Mend the pen only after the sheep are all gone.

Once you pour the water out of the bucket it's hard to get it back in it.

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.

Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.

Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills.

One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

A bird in your hand is worth more than 100 in the forest.

Behind an able man there are always other able men.

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.

There is no wave without wind.

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. 

Fight poison with poison.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

Do not remove a fly from your friend's head with a hatchet.

An ant may well destroy a whole dam.

Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.

It is the beautiful bird which gets caged.

Butcher the donkey after it finished his job on the mill.

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

Memorable Proverbs

Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.

Love your neighbors, but don't pull down the fence.

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time

A vacant mind is open to all suggestions as a hollow building echoes all sounds.

Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.

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The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.

There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

When a finger points at the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.

A man's faults all conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues.
Aspire to the principle, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts.
Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
When your horse is on the brink of a precipice it is too late to pull the reins.
When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.

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