A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.
A book holds a house of gold.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.
A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.
A fool judges people by the presents they give him.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
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.
An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
Dig the well before you are thirsty.
Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.
Do not employ handsome servants.
Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.
Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.
He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.
I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.
If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
If you bow at all, bow low.
If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.
Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.
The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Unles we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.
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.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.