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You can only lean against that which resists.

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When the bed breaks, there is the ground to lie on.

You can never enter the same river twice.

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Every man is the guardian of his own honor.

Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it.

To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great.

The customers are known to the shopkeepers.

A man without money is like a bow without arrows.

Every dog is a tiger in his own street.

The heart at rest sees a feast in everything.

Deceive me about the price but not about the goods.

True happiness lies in giving it to others.

Hypocrisy is a homage that vice pays to virtue.

Separation secures manifest friendship.

A good well-lived today makes every yesterday a dream of a good future, and every morning is a vision of hope.

You cannot cook one half of the chicken and leave the other lay eggs.

As people go their own way, destiny goes with them.

A man without money is like a bow without arrows.

When you drink milk under the palm tree, people will say that it is palm wine.

To the world wisdom is folly; to the wise the world is foolish.

Fate and self-help share equally in shaping our destiny.

One can sense the fragrance of the tulsi even when the first two tender leaves appear.

He who has a true friend, has no need of a mirror.

The danger past, and God forgotten.

Not all the buds on a bush will blossom.

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.

War is to men, childbirth is to women.

The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.

When you are in difficulty, go to the house of your friend -- not your sister's.

It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.

After eating nine hundred rats, the cat is now going on a pilgrimage.

After eating nine hundred rats, the cat is now going on a pilgrimage.

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Be first at the feast, and last at the fight.

Be first at the feast, and last at the fight.

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Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults. 

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Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults.

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Better to have a diamond with a few small flaws than a rock that is perfect.

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Better to have a diamond with a few small flaws than a rock that is perfect.

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Something done at the wrong time should be regarded as not done.

Something done at the wrong time should be regarded as not done.

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One of the two partners always bites the best part of the apple.

One of the two partners always bites the best part of the apple.

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A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.

A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.

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They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.

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Faith keeps the world going.

Faith keeps the world going.

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A problem is solved when it gets tougher.

A problem is solved when it gets tougher.

The tongue is safe; even among thirty teeth.

The tongue is safe; even among thirty teeth.

Fate and self-help share equally in shaping our destiny.

All the water in the sea doesn't even reach the knees of the man who fears not death.

Those who hunt deer sometimes raise tigers.

When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him.

A doctor is only a doctor when he has killed one or two patients.

I gave him a staff for his support and he uses it to break my head.

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Like the body that is made up of different limbs and organs, all moral creatures must depend on each other to exist.

Only the hunchback himself knows how he can lie comfortably.

The voice of the poor has no echo.

No one was ever lost on a straight road.

Hunger drives good taste away.

A book is like a garden in the pocket.

Your own wealth is flowers and wine; the other man's is but weeds.

He is a real friend who assists in time of danger.

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

A tree starts with a seed.

Patience is the most beautiful prayer.

The word of a woman is a bundle of water.

A dog always bites under the knee.

A hundred divine epochs would not suffice to describe all the marvels of the Himalaya.

I met a hundred men going to Delhi and everyone is my brother.

Poverty destroys all virtues.

Theologians, dogs, and singers always disagree.

A guilty conscience is a lively enemy.

It's a brave bird that makes its nest in the cat's ear.

War is to men, childbirth is to women.

Clouds that thunder seldom rain.

You must answer the devil in his own language.

A bandicoot is lovely to his parents; a mule is pretty to its mate.

You can buy everything, except a father and a mother.

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Follow the river and you will get to the sea.

A lot of people become saints because of their stomach.

There are only two things from which to choose: profit or loss.

A thief thinks everybody steals.

Rather be a slave to a rich man than the spouse of a poor man.

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.

I have lanced many boils, but none pained like my own.

If they don't exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another.

There is enmity between to dig and to let dig.

A buffalo does not feel the weight of his own horns.

You may lock up the cock, but the sun will still rise.

The baby is not yet born, and yet you say that his nose is like his grandfather's.

Do not ask advice of the ignorant.

September blow soft till the fruit's in the loft.

If they don't exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another.

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Justice is better than admiration If you are going to kill, then kill an elephant; if you are going to steal make sure it's a treasure.

A beautiful woman belongs to everyone; an ugly one is yours alone.

These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.

If you call a lady a slave, she laughs, but if you call a slave a slave, he cries.

You cannot separate water by beating it with a fork.

A pearl is worthless as long as it is still in its shell.

The eyes do not see what the mind does not want.

Smiles that you broadcast, will always come back to you.

Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.

To give jewels to a donkey is as stupid as giving a eunuch to a woman.

The money you dream about will not pay your bills.

You can never enter the same river twice.

A fight in your neighbor's house is refreshing.

Friendly words are convincing.

Stolen sugar is the sweetest.

A beggar himself, can he afford to have one asking for alms at his door?

Separation secures manifest friendship.

A cat in a cage becomes a lion.

A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can't be saved.

To long for everything: sorrow; to accept everything: joy.

Sit on the bank of a river and wait: Your enemy's corpse will soon float by.

The sandal tree perfumes the axe that fells it.

A viper without fangs is like a piece of rope.

The answerer is inferior to the asker.

Good people, like clouds, receive only to give away.

A blind man sat behind a pile of stones and thought that nobody could see him.

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all.

To the world wisdom is folly; to the wise the world is foolish.

Better a hundred enemies outside the house than one inside.

The tree casts its shadow on everything, even upon the woodcutter.

Austerity is an ornament, humility is honorable.

Pearls are worthless in the desert.

Believe what you see and not all you hear.

Garlic is as good as ten mothers.

When you are in the water you swim.

Consult the wise and do not disobey him.

The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.

Be careful for deep water and dogs that do not bark.

Where there is a glut of words, there is a dearth of intelligence.

Even a cat is a lion in her own lair.

Ask thy purse what thou should buy.

There is a great uproar made about the debt of a poor man.

Better to have a diamond with a few small flaws than a rock that is perfect.

In a deserted village the jackass is king.

Don't eat your bread on someone Else's table.

Turkeys, parrots, and hares don't know what gratitude is.

Brains are not to be found in the beard.

Drops join to make a stream; ears combine to make a crop.

Though the snake be small, it is still wise to hit it with a big stick.

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.

Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.

The cock goes to town for only four days and returns home a peacock.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.

Happy is the woman whose husband does not speak to her.

Dependence on another is perpetual disappointment.

You do not stumble over a mountain, but you do over a stone.

Use medicine as well as prayers.

Undeserved punishment is better than that which is deserved.

Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant.

A book is a good friend when it lays bare the errors of the past.

A dog will not make himself look like a horse just by cutting off his tail.

Money is the best servant.

Danger should be feared when distant, and braved when present.

Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water.

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.

Weeping washes the face.

He that is baldheaded has no need of combs.

Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it.

We admire what we do not understand.

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Better lie than gossip.

The deceitful have no friends.

Complaining is the weak man's weapon.

Even if fed milk, a snake will still emit poison.

What is sport to the boy is the death of the bird.

In my homeland I possess one hundred horses, yet if I go, I go on foot.

What does the blind man know of the beauty of the tulip?

Justice is better than admiration.

When money is not a servant it is a master.

Fate and free-will both play an equal role in destinies.

If you live on the river, befriend the crocodile.

A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.

Never strike your wife, not even with a flower.

Better to have a diamond with a few small flaws than a rock that is perfect.

When you have an ass for a friend, expect nothing but kicks.

The dog's tail, even if buried for twelve years, will remain as crooked as ever.

Nothing is comprehensible except by virtue of its edges.

Evil will befall him who regards not the advice of a benevolent friend.

A friend advises in his interest, not yours.

Clouds that thunder seldom rain.

Clouds that thunder seldom rain.

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When the sculptor is dead his statues ask him for a soul.

When the sculptor is dead his statues ask him for a soul.

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Indian Proverbs about Love

Poverty makes thieves, like love makes poets.

Poverty makes thieves, like love makes poets.

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He who loves drives a nail into his heart.

He who loves drives a nail into his heart.

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It is love that makes the impossible possible.

It is love that makes the impossible possible.

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Without love everything is in vain.

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Man loves his own mistakes.

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Love is a crocodile in the river of desire.

Poverty makes thieves, like love makes poets.

In love beggar and king are equal.

Love from someone who is bad is worse than his hatred.

He who loves the truth has many enemies.

Since love departs at dawn, create, O God, a night that has no morn.

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Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Life is like the flame of a lamp; it needs a little oil now and then.

Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.

Fear is the fever of life.

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.

Ignorance is the peace of life.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

As the spokes of a wheel are attached to the hub, so all things are attached to life.

For the first five years of your son's life treat him as a prince, for the next ten years as a slave, then as a friend for the rest of his life.

Riches are treasured up against the day of danger ; but to save life every thing is to be sacrificed. If life be preserved, all is safe; if life be lost, all is lost.

He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live.

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The potter sleeps soundly, for no one would steal clay.

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There are as many characters as there are individuals.

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You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.

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God laughs when you steal from a thief.

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You have to believe in gods to see them.

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For a satiated duck fish becomes tasteless.

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You can only lean against that which resists.

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The poor looks for food and the rich man for appetite.

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Any water in the desert will do.

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One finger can't lift a pebble.

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Blaw the wind ne'er so fast, it will lower at last.

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An arch never sleeps.

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We can't change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

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The soldier's wife is always a widow.

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It's better to pick a fight with your in-laws than with your neighbors.

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Drums sound loud because they are hollow.

An old patient is better than a new doctor.

The first day a guest, the second day a guest, the third day a calamity.

Why save when your son is a good son? Why save when your son is a bad son?

A foolish bride gets no presents.

What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.

He who answers is inferior to the one who asks the question.

Don't delay today's work until tomorrow.

The hare that escaped had eight legs.

It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.

When a woman laughs an experienced man will know how much it will cost him.

September blow soft till the fruit’s in the loft.

No sin is hidden to the soul.

All that is not given is lost.

It is a greater gift to give than to receive.

The lawyer's pouch is a mouth of Hell.

Anger has no eyes.

You may look up for inspiration or look down in desperation but do not look sideways for information.

The lawyer's pouch is a mouth of Hell.

One man's beard is on fire, and another man warms his hands on it.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Never stand in front of a judge or behind a donkey.

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It is easy to forget a kindness, but one remembers unkindness.

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