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1. Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.
2. A weapon which you don't have in your hand won't kill a snake.
3. Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.
4. If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.
5. You cannot handle fire with your hands.
6. If your cornfield is far from your house, the birds will eat your corn.
7. Do not grab your heel until the ant has bitten you.
8. Before killing the chicken carefully observe the character of your guest.
9. Even your dog knows the homes of your friends.
10. Do not insult a crocodile while your feet are still in the water.
11. Only when a tree has grown can you tie your cow to it.
12. You are invited to join the hunt when your nets are in evidence.
13. Before you buy shoes, measure your feet.
14. If it hurts to spend your money, you will go hungry.
15. Marriage is a snake to slip into your handbag.
16. Nothing wipes your tears away but your own hand.
17. Only what you have eaten is yours; other things may not be.
18. The best way to eat the elephant standing in your path is to cut it up into little pieces.
19. Thorns themselves will not harm you -- you hurt yourself on the thorns.
20. Treat your guest as a guest for two days -- then on the third day give him a hoe.
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