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The priest's pot is small, but always full.
Meaning - Priests don't go hungry.
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Oh, what a pair, a snail and a slug.
Meaning - Said of people who share similar defects or habits, and spend time together.
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The priest's pot is small but his supper is tasty.
Meaning - Better to have something, rather than nothing
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It's better to have a good reputation, than to be rich.
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Time flies when you are among friends.
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A life without friends, means death without company.
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He who doesn't want to hear unpleasant things, shouldn't say unpleasant things.
Meaning - If you don't want to hear it, don't say it.
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A good listener needs few words.
Meaning - Said to indicate that one should be able to figure out the message, and that things shouldn't need to be spelled out fully.
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A promise is a debt, it's always been said.
Meaning - If you promise someone something, you cannot go back on your word.
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A thrifty father begets a squandering son.
Meaning - One expects a person's children to resemble that person, but sometimes the opposite is true.
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With the passing of time, all things are forgotten.
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To do nothing or to do useless work is the same thing.
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Laziness leads many people astray.
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Lazy people are always busy.
Meaning - Or so they seem, anyway.
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The lazy person has no work, but has no time for anything else either.
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There is never a lack of food for the lazy person, nor of work for the industrious
Meaning - Somehow lazy people always manage to get enough to eat (from others, etc.) and industrious people always manage to find things to do.
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It is useless to hurry, once the water has already gone by.
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It's not useful closing the barn door after the horse has been stolen.
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What one owes to one's mother is never repaid.
Meaning - In other words, one can never do enough to repay one's mother for what she has done.
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Letís agree to disagree
Meaning - Said when one doesn't want to argue and agrees to disagree. Word play: amen-hemen.
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One may recover a lost sheep, but not lost/wasted time.
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The small sheep, always a lamb.
Meaning - Naturally, a small sheep is not always a lamb, but people are likely to categorize them that way. They say that small people seem younger than they are.
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A bleating sheep eats no grass.
Meaning - You can't act and talk at the same time. Don't just complain, take action.
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Working and working at it, iron can be pulverized.
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The eagle needs feathers, and the wren does too.
Meaning - Despite the differences, all people (or animals) have similar needs.
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A foreign land is a land of wolves.
Meaning - This expresses distrust of foreigners and foreign places.
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