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  Relationships
Yiddish proverbWhere people love you, go rarely; where you are hated, go not at all.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Neighbors
International proverbGood fences make good neighbours.

—  International proverb

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  Influence
Turkish proverbIf the imam farts, the community will shit.

—  Turkish proverb

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  Familiarity
English proverbBetter the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

—  English proverb

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English proverbFamiliarity breeds contempt.

—  English proverb

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French proverbLet us get back to our sheep.

Revenons à nos moutons.

—  French proverb

     (to what we were doing before)

  
  Love
English proverbLove makes the world go round.

—  English proverb

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English proverbWhen poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window.

—  English proverb

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French proverbLove is friendship without the wings.

—  French proverb

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  Seduction
International proverbThe way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

—  International proverb

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International proverbThe way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

—  International proverb

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English proverbFaint heart never won fair lady.

—  English proverb

  
  Sex
Italian proverbBelow the navel there is neither religion nor truth.

—  Italian proverb

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

—  Polish Proverb

French proverbChoose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

—  French proverb

  
  Adultery
English proverbThe husband is always the last to know.

—  English proverb

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  Parents
Yiddish proverbOne mother achieves more than a hundred teachers.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbThe hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

—  English proverb

  
  Woman
French proverbLook for the woman [to find the cause]

Cherchez la femme.

—  French proverb

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English proverbA woman's work is never done.

—  English proverb

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

—  Yiddish proverb

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International proverbChildren are poor men's riches.

—  International proverb

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Children are a poor man’s wealth.

—  Danish Proverb

  
  Friendship
English proverbA friend in need is a friend indeed.

—  English proverb

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International proverbA man is known by his friends.

—  International proverb

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Chinese proverbA friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.

—  Chinese proverb

Italian proverbWhen a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

—  Italian proverb

French proverbCramped but with friends.

À l'étroit mais entre amis.

—  French proverb

  
  Encounters
English proverbTalk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear.

—  English proverb

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  Socializing
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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American proverbTwo's company, but three's a crowd.

—  American proverb

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French proverbThose who resemble each other, assemble together

Qui se ressemble, s'assemble.

—  French proverb

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

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Arguing
English proverbUse soft words and hard arguments.

—  English proverb

  
  Treating others
English proverbYou catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

—  English proverb

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

—  Polish Proverb

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English proverbFight fire with fire.

—  English proverb

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

—  French proverb

  
  Speaking
Yiddish proverbWhile the word is still in your mouth, you are a lord; once you say it, you are a fool.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Babble
German proverbTruth gives a short answer, while the lie usually babbles.

—  German proverb

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French proverbWho talks too much, nobody listens to.

—  French proverb

  
  Silence
International proverbSilence is golden.

—  International proverb

American Indian proverbBeware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Cheyenne

  
  Seeing
American proverbSeeing is believing.

—  American proverb

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Chinese proverbClimb mountains to see lowlands.

—  Chinese proverb

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English proverbBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

—  English proverb

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Polish ProverbA guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.

—  Polish Proverb

  
  Hiding
International proverbLove, smoke and cough are hard to hide.

—  International proverb

  
  Secrets
Chinese proverbIf you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.

—  Chinese proverb

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  Praise & Flattery
Wait a month before you praise a horse and a year before you praise a woman.

—  Czech proverb

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  Gifts
International proverbDon't look a gift horse in the mouth.

—  International proverb

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  Favors
American proverbThere ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

—  American proverb

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Chinese proverbFirst time is a favor, second time is a rule.

—  Chinese proverb

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  Persuasion
American proverbSeeing is believing.

—  American proverb

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  Advice
American proverbDo as I say, not as I do.

—  American proverb

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Turkish proverbMany give advice, few give bread.

—  Turkish proverb

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French proverbThose giving advice are not those who pay.

Les conseilleurs ne sont pas les payeurs.

—  French proverb

  
  Compassion
English proverbCharity begins at home.

—  English proverb

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  Compromise
American proverbIf you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

—  American proverb

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  Yielding
Chinese proverbIf you bow at all, bow low.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Overcoming
Yiddish proverbWhen two play a game, there must be a winner and a loser.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbBig fish eat little fish.

—  English proverb

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

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Protesting
English proverbThe squeaking wheel gets the grease.

—  English proverb

  
  Enemies
Yiddish proverbThe poor man’s enemies are few, the rich man’s friends are even fewer.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Yiddish proverbWhen your enemy falls, don’t rejoice; but don’t pick him up either.

—  Yiddish proverb

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American Indian proverbMake my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Plains

  
  Threat
International proverbBarking dogs seldom bite.

—  International proverb

  
  Solitude
Greek proverbEven in paradise it is not good to be alone.

—  Greek proverb

  
  Fuss
English proverbMuch ado about nothing.

—  English proverb

  

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