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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Arabian Proverbs
  A secret is in my custody if I keep it; but if I blab it, it is I that am prisoner.  1
  Cast him (a lucky fellow) into the Nile, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.  2
  Debts make the cheeks black.  3
  Do not tell a friend anything that you would conceal from an enemy.  4
  Every day in thy life is a leaf in thy history.  5
  Every people has its prophet.  6
  God has given a prophet to every people in its own tongue.  7
  He has no religion who has no humanity.  8
  He that knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is stupid. Shun him.  9
  He that knows not, and knows that he knows not, is good. Teach him.  10
  He that knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Arouse him.  11
  He that knows, and knows that he knows, is wise. Follow him.  12
  Him who makes chaff of himself the cows will eat.  13
  If I am master and you are master, who shall drive the asses?  14
  Joke with a slave, and he’ll soon show his heels.  15
  Man is the slave of beneficence.  16
  No man is a good physician who has never been sick.  17
  No man is without enemies.  18
  Nothing but a handful of dust will fill the eye of man.  19
  Pardon is the choicest flower of victory.  20
  Pitch a lucky man into the Nile and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.  21
  Purchase the next world with this; thus shalt thou win both.  22
  The devil tempts all other men, but idle men tempt the devil.  23
  The surgeon practises on the orphan’s head.  24
  The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.  25
  Vinegar given is better than honey bought.  26
  Wedlock is like a besieged fortress: those who are outside wish to get in, and those who are inside wish to get out.  27

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