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  Good & Evil
English proverbBetter the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

—  English proverb

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English proverbSee no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

—  English proverb

  
  Conscience
The guilty conscience is a secret enemy.

—  Indian proverb

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  Life
French proverbLife is like an onion, which one peels crying.

—  French proverb

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  Death
American Indian proverbLife is not separate from death. It only looks that way.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Blackfoot

  
  Religion
Yiddish proverbThe nearer to the synagogue, the farther from God.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Right & Wrong
English proverbTwo wrongs don't make a right.

—  English proverb

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Polish ProverbEven a clock that does not work is right twice a day.

—  Polish Proverb

  
  Heaven
Greek proverbEven in paradise it is not good to be alone.

—  Greek proverb

  
  Timing
American proverbWe'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

—  American proverb

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Chinese proverbThe best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Duration
International proverbFish and guests smell after three days.

—  International proverb

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  Past
American proverbLet bygones be bygones.

—  American proverb

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  Age
Yiddish proverbYouth is a mistake, middle age a struggle, and old age a regret.

—  Yiddish proverb

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German proverbYouth is getting drunk without wine and old age is wine without getting drunk.

—  German proverb

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French proverbIf youth knew, if old age could.

—  French proverb

  
  Prophecy
Yiddish proverbThe heart is something of a prophet.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Delay
International proverbBetter late than never.

—  International proverb

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International proverbRome wasn't built in a day.

—  International proverb

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  Hurry
International proverbDon't count your chickens before they hatch.

—  International proverb

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English proverbDon't cross the bridge till you come to it.

—  English proverb

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  The End
English proverbAll is well that ends well.

—  English proverb

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English proverbAll good things must come to an end.

—  English proverb

  
  Sleep
International proverbSleep is the best doctor.

—  International proverb

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American Indian proverbYou can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Navajo

  
  Proximity
Russian proverbYour elbow is close, yet you can't bite it.

—  Russian proverb

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  Mirror
International proverbEyes are the mirror of the soul.

—  International proverb

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  Road
Chinese proverbTo know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Absence
International proverbWhen the cat's away, the mice will play.

—  International proverb

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French proverbThe absent are always in the wrong.

—  French proverb

  
  House
English proverbAn Englishman’s home is his castle.

—  English proverb

  
  Beginning
International proverbThere’s a first time for everything.

—  International proverb

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  Difference
French proverbLong live the difference.

Vive la différence!

—  French proverb

     (between the sexes, or any other difference)

  
  Similarity
French proverbAt night all cats are grey.

—  French proverb

French proverbThose who resemble each other, assemble together

Qui se ressemble, s'assemble.

—  French proverb

French proverbLike master, like man.

Tel maître, tel valet.

—  French proverb

International proverbSet a thief to catch a thief.

—  International proverb

English proverbBirds of a feather flock together.

—  English proverb

  
  Injustice
Turkish proverbSome cannot find a bridge to cross the water, while others cannot find water to drink.

—  Turkish proverb

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  Opposites
French proverbTo estimate the sweet, you must taste the bitter.

—  French proverb

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Turkish proverbLoss and profit are brothers.

—  Turkish proverb

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Japanese proverbThe reverse side also has a reverse side.

—  Japanese proverb

  
  Worsening
International proverbThings may get worse before they get better.

—  International proverb

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  Adaptation
French proverbAt war as at war.

A la guerre comme a la guerre.

—  French proverb

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  Futility
International proverbShrouds have no pockets.

—  International proverb

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French proverbAll pass, all fade, all break.

Tout passe, tout lasse, tout casse.

—  French proverb

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  Traps
English proverbGive a man enough rope and he will hang himself.

—  English proverb

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  Inevitable
French proverbYou can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

—  French proverb

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  Balance
English proverbYou win some, you lose some.

—  English proverb

  
  Relativity
International proverbIn the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

—  International proverb

  
  Excess
French proverbTo the great evils great remedies.

—  French proverb

International proverbDon't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

—  International proverb

  
  Rules
International proverbThe exception which proves the rule.

—  International proverb

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Russian proverbThe forbidden fruit is sweetest.

—  Russian proverb

  

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