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Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.

Write injuries in dust, But kindnesses in marble. [Fr., Eerivez les injures sue le sable, Mais les bienfaits sur le marbre.]

Write injuries in the sand, kindnesses in marble.

You cannot get oil out of a wall.

You cannot make a hawk of a buzzard.

You cannot make an ass drink if he is not thirsty.

You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

You cannot make bricks without straw.

You may as well give a good beating as a bad one.

You may know the lion by his claw.

You must not throw stones into your neighbor's garden.

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.

You play with edged tools.

Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done, and fools what they wish to do.

Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance.

Youth may stray afar yet return at last.

Youth must be served.