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