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  Equality
Italian proverbAfter the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

—  Italian proverb

American Indian proverbAll who have died are equal.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Comanche

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

—  Yiddish proverb

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French proverbHe who steals an egg will steal an ox.

—  French proverb

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

—  American proverb

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  Arms
Polish ProverbGod grant me a good sword and no use for it.

—  Polish Proverb

  
  Germans
Polish ProverbGod made the man, devil made the German.

—  Polish Proverb

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  Communication
English proverbBad news travels fast.

—  English proverb

  
  Information
English proverbNo news is good news.

—  English proverb

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  Photography
American proverbA picture is worth a thousand words.

—  American proverb

     (first appeared in 1921, in an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers' Ink)

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  False Appearances
American proverbAll hat and no cattle.

—  American proverb

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International proverbThe habit doesn't make the monk.

—  International proverb

  
  Questions
English proverbAsk a silly question and you'll get a silly answer.

—  English proverb

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English proverbAsk no questions and hear no lies.

—  English proverb

  
  Revelations
English proverbThe husband is always the last to know.

—  English proverb

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International proverbWalls have ears.

—  International proverb

  
  Truth & Lies
International proverbThe liar is not believed even when he tells the truth.

—  International proverb

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

—  Yiddish proverb

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Yiddish proverbThe truth surfaces like oil on water.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Italian proverbThough not true, well said.

Se non e vero, e bene trovato.

—  Italian proverb

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

—  German proverb

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  Words
Yiddish proverbWords should be weighed and not counted.

—  Yiddish proverb

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  Knowledge
Turkish proverbEven if you know a thousand things, ask someone who knows better.

—  Turkish proverb

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  Curiosity
English proverbCuriosity killed the cat.

—  English proverb

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  Learning
English proverbYou can't teach an old dog new tricks.

—  English proverb

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English proverbPractice makes perfect.

—  English proverb

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Chinese proverbGive a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

—  Chinese proverb

  
  Books
English proverbNever judge a book by its cover.

—  English proverb

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

—  Japanese proverb

  
  Hypotheses
English proverbIf wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

—  English proverb

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