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There are as many ways of making a living as seeds of grass.
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A dog that walks around will find a stick.
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The cow drinks water and it turns to milk; the snake drinks water and it turns to poison.
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Even Confucius had his misfortunes.
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A bad wife is a poor harvest for sixty years.
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He who eats globefish soup is a fool; so is he who does not.
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Fate aids the courageous.
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Rather ten thousand lanterns from a wealthy man than one lantern from a poor man.
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Inquire seven times then doubt a person.
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If you would shoot a general, shoot first his horse.
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Eggs and vows are easily broken.
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He who steals incense smells of it.
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The mouth is the cause of calamity.
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Although dying of thirst, I drink not the water of a stolen fountain.
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To the partial eyes of a lover, pockmarks seem like dimples.
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A thief makes a good watchman for thieves.
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Curses come back to yourself.
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The boaster and the proud person are fools.
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It's always darkest before dawn.
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The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.
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Giving is for the purpose of taking.
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Riches and honors unjustly gained are like floating clouds.
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Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs.
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The hasty hand will do things wrong.
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The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.
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The base of a lighthouse is dark.
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A man of learning is not suited to wield political power, for experience has shown that
scholars make poor rulers.
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Oxen go with oxen, horses with horses.
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A dog will remember a three days' kindness for three years; while a cat will forget three years
of kindness in three days.
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Pleasure is the seed of pain; pain is the seed of pleasure.
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When the purse is light there is no vitality.
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What was a deep pool yesterday is but a shallows today.
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One peach rotting, one hundred are damaged.
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The tone of the bird's song is the same everywhere.
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Never go looking for trouble.
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Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
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The mouth is the gate of evil.
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It is one life, whether we spend it in laughing or in weeping.
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True patience consists in bearing what is unbearable.
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Even a one-inch insect has a half-inch soul.
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To one who does not wander there is not enlightenment.
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One cannot become a priest just by having a rosary.
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