A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
A fool judges people by the presents they give him.
A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
Do not employ handsome servants.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise.
A book holds a house of gold.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we're headed.
If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.
The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.
Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.
A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
When you drink the water, remember the spring.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
If you bow at all, bow low.
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A nation's treasure is in its scholars.
Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.
A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction.
He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument.
Don't open a shop unless you like to smile.
He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.
Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.
Unles we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.
If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.
A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Dig the well before you are thirsty.
A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.
A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.
Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.