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  Eyes
International proverbEyes are the mirror of the soul.

—  International proverb

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  Attitude
Polish ProverbAs Jake treats God, God will treat Jake.

—  Polish Proverb

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  Perspective
International proverbNo one sees the hump on his own back.

—  International proverb

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Japanese proverbThe frog in the well knows not of the great ocean.

—  Japanese proverb

French proverbDon’t let the tree hide the forest.

—  French proverb

  
  Ancestry
International proverbThe apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

—  International proverb

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  Memory
Difficult to bear, sweet to remember.

—  Indian proverb

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  Laughter
International proverbHe who laughs last, laughs best.

—  International proverb

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English proverbLaugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

—  English proverb

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International proverbHe who laughs last, laughs the longest.

—  International proverb

  
  Smile
Chinese proverbDon't open a shop unless you like to smile.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Smell
International proverbFish and guests smell after three days.

—  International proverb

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  Beauty
English proverbBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

—  English proverb

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Chinese proverbBeauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.

—  Chinese proverb

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  Heart
Yiddish proverbThe heart is something of a prophet.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Habit
English proverbOld habits die hard.

—  English proverb

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  Luck
Yiddish proverbOne’s good luck is another’s misfortune.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Turkish proverbA man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.

—  Turkish proverb

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International proverbFortune favours the brave.

—  International proverb

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  Nudity
Yiddish proverbThe truth can walk around naked; the lie has to be clothed.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Anxiety
Yiddish proverbSmall children don’t let you sleep; big children don’t let you rest.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbNo news is good news.

—  English proverb

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  Crying
Yiddish proverbWhen you laugh, all see; when you cry, no one sees.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbIt's no use crying over spilt milk.

—  English proverb

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

—  French proverb

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Polish ProverbThe woman cries before the wedding and the man after.

—  Polish Proverb

American Indian proverbDon't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Hopi

American Indian proverbThe soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears.

—  American Indian proverb

  
  Guilt
The guilty conscience is a secret enemy.

—  Indian proverb

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  Value
International proverbMen will only throw stones at trees that are laden with fruit.

—  International proverb

English proverbHorses for courses.

—  English proverb

  
  Talent
French proverbEverybody to whom much is given, much is expected.

—  French proverb

  
  Wisdom
Chinese proverbBeauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.

—  Chinese proverb

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American Indian proverbIf a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Cheyenne

  
  Willpower
American proverbWhere there's a will, there's a way.

—  American proverb

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German proverbThe strong have will and the weak have hope.

—  German proverb

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French proverbTo want is to can.

Vouloir, c'est pouvoir.

—  French proverb

  
  Positive thinking
English proverbEvery cloud has a silver lining.

—  English proverb

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Chinese proverbKeep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.

—  Chinese proverb

English proverbIf life deals you lemons, make lemonade.

—  English proverb

  
  Self-reliance
French proverbEvery one for himself and God for us all.

—  French proverb

  
  Boldness
International proverbFortune favours the brave.

—  International proverb

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  Self-knowledge
International proverbNo one sees the hump on his own back.

—  International proverb

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  Honesty
American proverbHonesty is the best policy.

—  American proverb

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Yiddish proverbA man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Prudence
International proverbPeople who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

—  International proverb

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Chinese proverbDig the well before you are thirsty.

—  Chinese proverb

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French proverbDon't put a finger between the tree and the bark.

—  French proverb

English proverbAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

—  English proverb

  
  Patience
English proverbGood things come to those who wait.

—  English proverb

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Italian proverbHe who is not impatient is not in love.

—  Italian proverb

  
  Resilience
Yiddish proverbPray that you may never have to endure all that you can learn to bear.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Japanese proverbTo stumble seven times but recovering eight.

—  Japanese proverb

  
  Laziness
Italian proverbIt's sweet to do nothing.

Dolce far niente.

—  Italian proverb

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Italian proverbThose who sleep don't catch any fish.

—  Italian proverb

  
  Faults
Chinese proverbA diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Ignorance
English proverbWhat you don't know won’t hurt you.

—  English proverb

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  Vanity
Yiddish proverbRun away from an insult but don’t chase after honor.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Boasting
English proverbIt is not the hen who cackles the loudest who hatches the most eggs.

—  English proverb

  
  Stupidity
Yiddish proverbTwo are embarrassed: the fool in the company of wise men and the wise man in the company of fools.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Yiddish proverbWhen a wise man talks to a fool, two fools are talking.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbA fool and his money are soon parted.

—  English proverb

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English proverbThere's no fool like an old fool.

—  English proverb

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  Weakness
English proverbA chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

—  English proverb

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  Ineffectiveness
Turkish proverbThe hole is big but the patch is small.

—  Turkish proverb

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International proverbOne swallow does not make a summer.

—  International proverb

  
  Reluctance
English proverbHe who hesitates is lost.

—  English proverb

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  Ingratitude
International proverbDon't bite the hand that feeds you.

—  International proverb

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International proverbDo not bite the hand that feeds you.

—  International proverb

  
  Stinginess
English proverbA penny saved is a penny earned.

—  English proverb

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French proverbTo a stingy father, a prodigal son.

—  French proverb

  
  Self-destruction
English proverbGive a man enough rope and he will hang himself.

—  English proverb

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International proverbDon’t saw off the branch you are sitting on.

—  International proverb

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  Gullibility
Japanese proverbIf you believe everything you read, better not read.

—  Japanese proverb

  
  Cowardice
English proverbFaint heart never won fair lady.

—  English proverb

  
  Envy
English proverbThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

—  English proverb

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English proverbThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

—  English proverb

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  Indifference
Yiddish proverbThe troubles of a stranger aren’t worth an onion.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Arabian proverbThe dogs bark, but the caravan passes on.

—  Arabian proverb

  
  Inaction
English proverbThe devil finds work for idle hands to do.

—  English proverb

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Italian proverbSince the house is on fire, let’s keep ourselves warm.

—  Italian proverb

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German proverbHe who rests grows rusty.

Wer rastet, der rostet.

—  German proverb

  
  Deprecation
English proverbIf the cap fits, wear it.

—  English proverb

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American proverbAll hat and no cattle.

—  American proverb

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  Belittling
French proverbThe best is not worth it.

Le meilleur n'en vaut rien.

—  French proverb

  
  Annoyance
Yiddish proverbTwo are embarrassed: the fool in the company of wise men and the wise man in the company of fools.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Scoundrels
English proverbThere's honour among thieves.

—  English proverb

The big thieves hang the little ones.

—  Czech proverb

  
  Disbelief
International proverbThe liar is not believed even when he tells the truth.

—  International proverb

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  Contempt
English proverbFamiliarity breeds contempt.

—  English proverb

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  Pride
American proverbPride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of.

—  American proverb

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  Dislike
Yiddish proverbThe bar owner loves the drunkard, but he wouldn’t give him his daughter in marriage.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Criticism
Arabian proverbThe dogs bark but the caravan moves on.

—  Arabian proverb

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English proverbNever judge a book by its cover.

—  English proverb

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French proverbWhen all men say you are an ass, it is time to bray.

—  French proverb

French proverbComparisons are not fair.

Comparaison n'est pas raison.

—  French proverb

American Indian proverbDo not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Cheyenne

  
  Aggressiveness
English proverbPeople who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

—  English proverb

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International proverbAttack is the best form of defence.

—  International proverb

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  Deception
Turkish proverbThey call you “generous” to get your money, they call you “brave” to get you killed.

—  Turkish proverb

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  Anger
English proverbA hungry man is an angry man.

—  English proverb

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  Revenge
International proverbRevenge is sweet.

—  International proverb

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International proverbRevenge is a dish best served cold.

—  International proverb

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English proverbDon't get mad, get even.

—  English proverb

  
  Running away
International proverbRats desert a sinking ship.

—  International proverb

  

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