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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Chinese Proverbs
  A grave and a majestic exterior is the palace of the soul.  1
  Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.  2
  Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs.  3
  For the sake of one good action a hundred evil actions should be condoned.  4
  Great profits, great risks.  5
  If people take no care for the future, they will soon have sorrow for the present.  6
  It is easy to open a shop, but hard to keep it open.  7
  Ivory does not come from a rat’s mouth.  8
  Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, rouses the flock to fly and follow.  9
  One never needs his wit so much as when he argues with a fool.  10
  Repentance is the May of the virtues.  11
  Resolution is independent of great age, but without it one lives a hundred years in vain.  12
  Respect for one’s parents is the highest of the duties of civil life.  13
  Riches come better after poverty than poverty after riches.  14
  To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing.  15
  To excite a fierce dog to capture a lame rabbit is to attack a contemptible enemy.  16
  Top and bottom teeth sometimes come into awkward collision.  17
  Towers are measured by their shadows.  18

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