The cup is already broken.

The cowl does not make the monk.

Politicians campaign in poetry, but govern in prose.

Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut.

No one throws stones at a fruitless tree.

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
[Chinese: 前人种树, 后人乘凉]

He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Cross the river by feeling the stones.
[Chinese: 摸着石头过河]

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.

The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel the warmth.

All rivers flow to the sea.
[Chinese: 百川歸海]

One who doesn’t appreciate the apple, won’t appreciate the orchard.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Them’s the breaks.

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