To stand alone on the sea-monster?s head.
To stint one?s-self and treat others generously.
To shoot tow arrows at once.
To show mercy is reckoned man?s duty; to win is reckoned man?s ingenuity.
To show off by making with another?s property. Lit.: To seize another?s cap and throw it on the stage.
To slight. Lit.: To throw into a tub of cold water.
To spare a swelling till it becomes ulcerous.
To return one?s friendship with enmity.
To rise high, conceal ambition.
To row with the stream in doing a favor.
To sail any way with wind and tide.
To save one man?s life is better than to build a seven storied pagoda.
To say you have done good is not goodness; but to do good is.
To scratch one?s calf through top boots.
To seek the ass you are riding on.
To shoot a sparrow with a large cannon.
To retain some feeling in writing an indictment.
To return hate for kindness.
To pour oil on the flames.
To present one?s head to a shower of stones.
To pretend to be very clever and show one?s self to be a fool.
To promise much and give little.
To prophesy is extremely difficult - especially with regard to the future.
To raise an army when the war is over, and regret one?s lateness.
To rear a tortoise shut up in a jar.