A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.
Before preparing to improve the world, first look around your own home three times.
When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries.
Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them
A good fortune may forbode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune.
When you fall into a pit, you either die or get out
May you be blessed with peace and safety in all four seasons
Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies
The best soldiers are not warlike
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds
Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.