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Wisdom rides your own neck.
It takes a spider to mend its own web.
Incapable of being a blacksmith, you blame the metal.
Might may lie with the Gods, but wit lies with men.
Knowledge is your nourishment; wits are your weapons.
The gourd sinks, broken pieces float.
Seeing a tiger sleep, you assume the tiger is dead; seeing a tiger crouch, you assume the tiger is kowtowing.
If you want peace, you must prepare for war.
Your speech denotes your personality, your manners denote your family.
If the culture dies, so does the nation; if the culture is brilliant, the nation is excellent.
Just like the sun that never stays in the east, power, reputation and wealth come and go.
A man with no girlfriend is like a stage without lights; a woman with no husband is like a night without the moon.
Court a widow via her children.
If you want something, offer payment; if you want to be knowledgeable, study; if you want enlightenment, be virtuous; if you want a life of ease, overcome your difficulties.
“Easy in” said the lobster in the lobster tank, “but not easy out.”
Seize the chance when one arrives because it never comes twice.
The immature rice stalk stands erect, while the mature stalk, heavy with grains, bends over.
Do not throw away the meat and keep the bone.
Prevention is better than a cure.
Plant rice when the soil is ready; persuade a woman when you feel passion.
Do not bring anger into your home.
Tell me a thousand times, and I still wouldn’t understand; show me just once, and I would know for the rest of my life.
Sit in a basket and lift yourself up.
To be as sharp as a spike you must diligently file away at the metal bar.
Do not lie waiting for good luck, nor rely solely on fate; you must work hard and learn the skills.
If you love your body, be mindful of your food; if you love your husband, be mindful of your feelings.
If you are doing wrong, make sure you don’t get fat from it.