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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Sayings from the Talmud
 
THE LIAR is punished when he tells the truth, for then nobody believes him.  1
  Use your best vessel to-day; by to-morrow it may be broken.  2
  A donkey will complain of the cold in midsummer.  3
  The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.  4
  Step down in choosing a wife; step up in choosing a friend.  5
  Throw no stones into the well that gives you water.  6
  Repent of your sins the day before you die.  7
  A small coin in a large jar makes much noise.  8
  The wine is the master’s, but the serving-man is thanked for it.  9
  The cat and the rat are friends over a carcass.  10
  Truth is burdensome; few have inclination to carry it.  11
  This world is the waiting-room to the next.  12
  If it were not for a man’s passions, he would neither build a house, marry a wife, beget children, nor work.  13
  Keep away from well-meaning fools.  14
  It is better to be a lion’s tail than a fox’s head.  15
  Silence is the hedge that guards wisdom.  16
  Too many captains sink the ship.  17
  One man says grace, another eats.  18
  If a thief is wanting for an opportunity, he believes himself an honest man.  19
  A man will see anybody’s leprosy but his own.  20
  Not what you say of yourself is accepted, but what your friends say.  21
 
 
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