Italian Proverbs

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You surround your vineyard with thorns - place doors and locks on your mouth. You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults.

Woman, impromptu; man, on reflection.

Years know more than books.

You can't get something for nothing.

You will not be loved if you think of yourself alone.

Women always speak the truth, but not the whole truth.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Your enemy makes you wiser.

Who has a tongue in his head can go all the world over.

Who has, is.

Who laughs at others' ills, has his own behind the door.

Who saves, saves for the cat.

Who wishes for a short Lent let him contract debts to be paid at Easter.

With patience you go beyond knowledge.

Who has love in his heart has spurs in his sides.

Who hath little shame the world is all his own.

Who lies down with dogs gets up with fleas.

Who seeks a quarrel will find it near at hand.

Who would have many friends let him test but few.

With so many roosters crowing, the sun never comes up.

Who has never done thinking never begins doing.

Who hath no courage must have legs.

Who lives by hope will die of hunger.

Who serves the public, serves no one.

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