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It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
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We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
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Example is the best precept.
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Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most.
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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
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Self-help is the best help.
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Please all, and you will please none.
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Every man carries two bags about him, one in front and one behind, and both are full of
faults. The bag in front contains his neighbors' faults, the one behind his own. Hence it is
that men do not see their own faults, but never fail to see those of others.
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Appearances are often deceiving.
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It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
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Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.
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Betray a friend, and you'll often find you have ruined yourself.
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Necessity is the mother of invention.
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Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
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It is one thing to conceive a good plan, and another to execute it.
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Two frogs dwelt in the same pool. The pool being dried up under the summer's heat, they left
it, and set out together to seek another home. As they went along they chanced to pass a
deep well, amply supplied with water, on seeing which one of the frogs said to the other, "Let
us descend and make our abode in this well, it will furnish us with shelter and food." The
other replied with greater caution: "But suppose the water should fail us, how can we get out
again from so great a depth?" Do nothing without a regard to the consequences.
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Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
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The fly sat upon the axeltree of the chariot-wheel and said, "What a dust do I raise!"
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Facts speak plainer than words.
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Little by little does the trick.
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Sometimes the slow ones blame the active for the delay.
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Don't cry over spilt milk.
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Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does,
the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
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In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
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The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
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Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
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Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
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A troublesome crow seated herself on the back of a sheep. The sheep, much against his will,
carried her backward and forward for a long time, and at last said, "If you had treated a dog
in this way, you would have had your deserts from his sharp teeth." To this the crow replied,
"I despise the weak, and yield to the strong. I know whom I may bully, and whom I must
flatter; and thus I hope to prolong my life to a good old age."
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