A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
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.
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.
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.