If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.
When you have given nothing, ask for nothing.
Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. Arab Proverb
Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
Make your bargain before beginning to plow.
Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been lent to you.
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Do not employ handsome servants.
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
If you bow at all, bow low.
Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
When you drink the water, remember the spring.
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
The big thieves hang the little ones.
When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
Ask advice only of your equals.
He who would leap high must take a long run.
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
A full cup must be carried steadily.
Don't fall before you're pushed.
Use soft words and hard arguments.
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
Charity sees the need not the cause.
Never give advice unless asked.
Who begins too much accomplishes little.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.
Praise youth and it will prosper.
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
It is not enough to aim; you must hit.
The best armor is to keep out of range.
Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
If you believe everything you read, better not read.
Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
The reverse side also has a reverse side.
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
Don't be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don't be bitter, lest you be spewed out.
Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
Don't look for more honor than your learning merits.
He that can't endure the bad, will not live to see the good.
If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.
Make sure to be in with your equals if you're going to fall out with your superiors.
Rejoice not at thine enemy's fall - but don't rush to pick him up either.
What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
Worries go down better with soup than without.
Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
Never give a child a sword.
A smiling face is half the meal.
Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Hold a true friend with both hands.
If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.
Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path.
Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.
If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.
Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love.
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Buy on the rumor; sell on the news.
Wall Street Proverb
Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.
Complain to one who can help you.
If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.