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  1. Never sell the bear’s skin before one has killed the beast.
  2. Luck’s always to blame.
  3. Rather suffer than die is man’s motto.
  4. One returns to the place one came from.
  5. A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
  6. It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
  7. It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
  8. Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
  9. Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
  10. Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
  11. Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
  12. Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
  13. One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
  14. Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
  15. Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
  16. There is nothing useless to men of sense.
  17. By the work one knows the workman.
  18. People must help one another; it is nature’s law.
  19. Dressed in the lion’s skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
  20. The strongest passion is fear.

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