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- If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of
- If a person shaves you with a razor, do not shave him with broken glass.
- If I die, I forgive you; If I live, we shall see.
- If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt.
- If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow.
- If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.
- If it is God who sends you, he'll pay your expenses. (Si se Bondye ki voye. Li peya fre ou.)
- If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
- If the beard were all, goats could preach.
- If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
- If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.
- If there is no wind, row.
- If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.
- If work were a good thing the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago. (Si travay te bon bagay, moun rich la pran-l lontan.)
- If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also.
- If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hindred days of sorrow.
- If you bow at all, bow low.
- If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.
- If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
- Za dvumya zaitsami pogonish'sya, ne odnogo ne poimaesh'. (If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.)
- If you can't go over, you must go under.
- If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
- If you do not have patience you cannot make beer.
- If you do not strike back at him who hits you, there is no way for him to find out whether you also have hands.
- If you forsake a certainty for an uncertainty, you will lose both the certainty and the uncertainty.
- If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet.
- If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of
he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
- If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind
for revealing them to the trees.
- If you saw what the river carried, you would never drink the water.
- If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Native American Proverb (Minquass)
- If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
- If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don't drink it.
- If you share your friend's crime you make it your own.
- If you speak the truth, keep a foot in the stirrup.
- If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
- If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
- If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't
- If you want a crop for one year, grow grain; if you want a crop for ten years, grow a tree; if you want a crop for a hundred years, grow men.
- If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.
- If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.
- If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.
- If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.
- If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
- If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
- If you would live healthy, be old early.
- If you would be pope, you must think of nothing else.
- If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
- If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.
- Ignorance is bliss.
- In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.
- In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.
- In for a penny, in for a pound.
- The innkeeper loves a drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.
- In the ant's house, the dew is a flood.
- In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
- In times of famine, sweet potatoes have no skin. (Nan tan grangou patat pa gen po)
- In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
- In time of war, the devil makes more room in hell.
- In the midst of great joy do not promise a man anything; in the midst of great anger do not answer a man's letter.
- In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed,
for they that sleep catch no fish.
- Into a closed mouth no fly will enter.
- Invalids live longest.
- It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
- It is a cart if it travels well, else it is but timber.
- It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
- It is easier to guard a bushel of fleas than a woman.
- It is easier to pull down than to build up.
- It is easier to talk than to hold one's tongue.
- It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
- It is harder to be poor without complaining than to be rich without boasting.
- It is later than you think.
- It is not a fish until it is on the bank.
- It is not enough to aim.; you must hit.
- It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.
- It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead.
- It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.
- It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin
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- The journey is the reward.
- A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Judge not the horse by his saddle.
- June is too early and July is too late -- for summer.
- Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
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- Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.
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- L'amour faite passer les temps. Les temps faite passer l'amour.
(Love makes time pass. Time makes love pass.)
French Sundial Motto
- Laws, like the spider's webs, catch the flies and let the hawk go free.
- Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
- A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can't fool the rain. (Kay koule twompe soley soley men li pa twompe lapil.)
- A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
- Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
- Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
- Let each person drive away his own wasps.
- Let every fox take care of his own tail.
- Let him make use of instinct who cannot make use of reason.
- Let no man deceive you with vain words.
- Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)
- Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Native American Proverb
- Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but,
follow no one absolutely.
- Little by little the bird builds its nest. (Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li.)
- A little dog is really brave in front of his masterís house. (Ti chen gen fos devan kay met li)
- Little men are fond of long titles.
- A little pot boils easily.
- Little pots soon run over.
- Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
- Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
- Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
- Lomhlaba Unzima, Lohmhlaba. [This world is a harsh place, this
- Long absent, soon forgotten.
- Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the
- Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
- Love is a kind of military service.
- Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
- Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
- Love rules without rules.
(Amore regge senza legge.)
- Love tells us many things that are not so.
- Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
- The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees
half with the eye and half with the fancy.